Children's Services' response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
We know that transitioning into a new role comes with a pinch of anxiety, especially during uncertain times like this. That’s why Coventry City Council has championed its approach to safe working by introducing a wealth of guidance, frameworks, updates and risk assessments to make this transition easier for current staff and people who are looking to join our team.
Whether it's working from home or in one of our city locations, Children’s Services has taken extra precautions and introduced new measures to ensure the well-being of all colleagues, allowing them to safely continue their vital roles to achieve the best outcomes for children and families in Coventry.
Working from home
Even prior to the pandemic, colleagues were already flexibly working from home as part of a great work/life balance scheme. This scheme has now been adapted to cater to all employees regardless of their location across the city. Our work from home capability allows colleagues to safely continue their day to day responsibilities in accordance with government guidelines. We have adapted to the new digital way of working online using MS Teams for meetings, which has paved the way for positive change in the workforce.
Working from the office
We value the work our colleagues do across Coventry, recognising the need for the best outcomes for children and families in our different locations. Therefore, it is crucial that we make sure that our locations are suitably protected from the current risks that the pandemic brings, for our staff to feel safe and out of harm’s way. Our City locations have been cleaned, assessed, sanitised and redesigned to make it safe and secure to work in so you can be comfortable and focus on the invaluable work you do for the community.
Here are some of the wellbeing programs launched to help our colleagues, making sure that we are doing everything we can to support them from the challenges that the pandemic brings.
- Mental Health & Physical wellbeing programmes
- Working well from home & 10 top tips for working remotely
- Bounce Back – Living Resilient Life training
- Exercise Apps & online Yoga classes
- Mindfulness and Meditation tools
- Employee Assistance Programme – A 24/7 helpline to ensure that help is only a call away