Covid measures

BACKGROUND

Booking face-to-face assessments has become far more complex due to the risks associated with Covid. Whilst many clients are keen to book an appointment as quickly as possible and I'm keen to offer my assessment services, the health and safety of everyone is paramount. This not only concerns the person being assessed but other people living in the same household as that person. Similarly, I need to protect the health of myself, my husband and my two young adult children who live with us.

I ask that anyone wishing to book carefully reads this first and then reads this again just before the assessment date.

 

Prior to the assessment

I will:

  • offer a free brief Zoom session so that the person being assessed / family can meet me
  • ensure that the surfaces and doors in my hallway, cloakroom and dining room (where assessments take place) are wiped down thoroughly before every client
  • give you as much notice as possible if any member of my household develops symptoms that could be associated with Covid or is self-isolating so that the appointment can be postponed

 

I ask that you:

  • inform me whether anyone in your household is ill and/or could potentially have symptoms of Covid as the appointment will need to be postponed. 
  • inform me if anyone in your household is currently self-isolating and/or shielding as the appointment will need to be postponed. This includes being notified by NHS Track and Trace that you need to self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms.
  • email questionnaires to me before the assessment date. If this is not possible and you need to send a hard copy, please post it to me at least 7 days in advance.

On the day of the assessment

I will:

  • open the front door and, after a brief conversation at a distance on the doorstep, let in the person who is being assessed
  • for activities that can't be conducted 2 metres apart, sit behind a clear Perspex table-top screen that has a small cut out at the bottom
  • wear a mask if requested. Whilst I wouldn't choose to do this since being able to see the face is so important to establish rapport, I'm happy to do so if you makes you or your child feel more comfortable
  • do my very best to make the assessment as chilled and positive as possible whilst appreciating the challenging circumstances
  • supply paper towels for washed hands to be dried
  • keep internal doors and windows open to improve circulation and prevent having to touch door handles.

 

I ask that you:

  • (if a parent/carer) sit in either your car or my garden during the assessment to minimise risk . The garden table is just outside my dining room where the assessment takes place. Alternatively, you may wish to return two hours later for the feedback.
  • use the side gate to access my back garden rather than come through the house. The gate will be left unlocked regardless of the weather so that you can go between your car and my garden, but also so that you can check your child is safe from a safeguarding perspective (I do hold an enhanced DBS certificate).
  • ensure that the person being assessed comes with two pens or sharpened pencils (for children, this will be whatever is usually used to write with at school), a drink/snack if desired and something warm to wear as the dining room window will be left slightly open for ventilation
  • tell the person being assessed that hands will need to be washed at some point during the assessment after a practical task. This can either be in my cloakroom or with the person's own hand sanitiser 

After the assessment

I will:

  • give immediate verbal feedback. As chosen by the client, this can be:
    • in person: in my garden or dining room. I ask that only the person being assessed comes into my house for the assessment itself but, due to the size of my dining room, I will allow ONE person (such as a parent) to join us for the feedback afterwards. 
    • later on in the day: over Zoom, a phone call or in a brief email. 
  • send the report to you as quickly as possible. My usual turnaround for reports is 21 days at the very latest.
  • tell you if I (or anyone in my household) contract symptoms of Covid within 14 days of the assessment

 

I ask that you:

  • tell me if you contract symptoms of Covid within 14 days of the assessment

Cancellation/postponement

I will:

  • give you as much notice as possible if assessments need to be cancelled/postponed. This may be due to signs of illness within my household, tightening of safety measures by the government, direction from  my professional bodies, etc. I will make contact to rebook once it is safe to assess again

 

I ask that you:

  • give me as much notice as possible if you wish or need to cancel/postpone
  • do not share my questionnaires with other assessors if you cancel the appointment This is because they form part of my intellectual property and have been developed over many years. Other assessors will have their own paperwork.

PHOTOS

Beneath are photos of my home including the side passage and garden. We also have a large retractable awning (7m x 3m) which can be used on particularly hot days. It can be helpful to show children and young people these photos so they can see where they're coming.