5 June 2020
Children in Scotland has announced today that it will be furloughing some of its staff for a three-week period during June.
The charity’s Chief Executive Jackie Brock said:
“Our Leadership Team and Board recently came to the difficult decision to furlough a number of staff across the organisation.
“This will commence from the end of the working day on Tuesday 9 June, with furloughed staff returning on Wednesday 1 July.
“The organisation will remain active during this period with non-furloughed staff and our services continuing as normal.
“This decision was not reached easily and has been a financially-driven one, ensuring that we are able to make use of the UK Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme through to 31 October 2020 if needed.
“Staff being furloughed include those working in policy, projects and participation; events delivery; communications and membership engagement; and central services.
“Other staff, including myself, our Head of Inclusion Sally Cavers and those leading on key service areas, will be continuing over the three-week period.
“We are confident that furloughing will not impact on delivery of our services. Further information on our services, learning programme and projects follows below.
“I want to stress that we have done this as a protective measure to strengthen the prospects and sustainability of Children in Scotland in the current challenging climate. Our Board, Leadership Team and staff are in agreement that this is the right course of action.
“We look forward to working with you through June, and to the full breadth of our activities resuming from the 1 July.”
Information on services
Enquire and Reach
The Enquire helpline is open for enquiries about additional support for learning in Scottish schools.
Enquire has a coronavirus section (click to read) on their website which provides a wide range of information.
The Reach website is also available to provide children and young people with advice and information, and has a specific coronavirus page (click to read).
My Rights, My Say
Face-to-face meetings aren’t happening right now but there is still some help available for children aged 12-15 with additional support needs to speak up about the support they need with their education.
A coronavirus service update page (click to read) is available on the website outlining what the partners are able to offer.
Resolve: ASL Mediation
Resolve Mediation Service will be continuing to offer our service online and by telephone. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07955 788967 for individual referrals or any other queries
Parenting across Scotland
The team is continuing to provide information and advice to parents and carers via their website and have developed a specific coronavirus page. Click here to visit the website.
National Parent Forum of Scotland
The team continues to represent parents and offer support. Click here to visit their website for information and support for parents by parents. You can also contact the team on email@example.com
Early Learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund
The team continues to provide information and advice. Please email the team: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next planned funding round of the ELC Inclusion Fund has been delayed until further notice. We will provide an update as soon as dates have been agreed. For information on the fund, click here.
Our projects, CHANGE, and the Supporting the Third Sector Project, continue as normal.
Please note: communications in support of some of services and project work, including My Rights, My Say, CHANGE and the Supporting the Third Sector, will be unavailable or substantially reduced between 10 and 30 June.