Coronavirus (Covid-19): We’re still supporting you in this unusual time. Read updates here.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus Action Plan

This page was last updated on 18th March 2020.

In light of the updated recent advice from the UK government, the Five Rivers Senior Management Team have reviewed the position of the government and Public Health England and wish to reassure you about our position. We would like also to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Five Rivers who are continuing in their roles, and going above and beyond to deliver a service at this challenging time.

We consider all Five Rivers staff to be key workers and will working as usual, during this unusual time.

The services we provide for children are essential services and every attempt will be made to continue to provide services to them, including care in foster homes, residential homes and schools and for their clinical appointments. Furthermore, all foster carers support from their social workers and support workers will continue, fostering panels and assessments will continue.

Rest assured that we are monitoring the situation very carefully, and this page will continue to be updated as any changes are made.

If you have any questions specifically relating to Five Rivers services and Coronavirus, please email [email protected].

This webpage update is to help our external partners and colleagues, staff and carers need to link to our internal communications platforms.

  • All Five Rivers schools will continue to provide a service; considerable work has gone into making plans for alternative educational material to be delivered in various forms.
  • The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer any questions about COVID-19 related to education.
  • Foster carers and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

There are also regular updates on the Department for Education’s Twitter and Facebook channels.

Assessment & Therapy are continuing to support the children and young people, and are working as part of an integrated team around each child and each home.

  • On the whole we are operating on a ‘business as usual’ basis, with some adaptations and minor disruptions.
  • Please contact your usual Five Rivers contact if you have any updates which may affect the services you provide.
  • A new NHS 111 online service can be accessed here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 where you can find more information about the virus. If you would prefer to speak to someone on the phone, you can call 111. This number is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls to this number are free from landlines and mobile phones

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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