How we are providing our services during Covid-19. A message from CASPA CEO Naarah Rodwell
We are actively responding to COVID 19 by focusing on the safety and wellbeing of our staff and carers, as well as the children, families and individuals we're dedicated to supporting.
CASPA would like to acknowledge the dedication that is being shown daily by our frontline workers and Foster Carers. You play a vital role in the continuance of service here at CASPA and your commitment is seen and immeasurably appreciated. We will continue to navigate these challenging times together.
CASPA Services Ltd is an essential service provider and our dedicated workforce continue to provide the highest level of care to those we support.
In these unprecedented times, my leadership team has established a dedicated COVID-19 task force to monitor, respond and adapt our practices to ensure continuity of care, whilst protecting the health and well being of our staff and service users as a priority.
CASPA continues to work closely with State and Federal Government agencies to implement the advice of health authorities. We are providing the most up-to-date and credible information to our staff and carers to empower them to make informed choices about their health and those they support.
Changes To The Way We Do Business
Out of Home Care (OOHC)
We are working with the State Government to develop innovative ways to keep safe our staff, foster carers and the children in our care, while at the same time reducing the risk of exposure to Covid-19 in the Care environment. OOHC is one of the most multifaceted and complex community service areas, however CASPA has been able to draw upon its many years of experience in the sector; grassroots knowledge and nimbleness to quickly adapt and support those most vulnerable in our community.
Supporting Local Business
We continue to work alongside our local community businesses, that are going through tough times to keep their doors open in the wake of Government COVID-19 Orders on closures, gatherings, limited service and isolation. CASPA sees the mutual benefits in working closely with local caterers, restaurants and cafés to support our frontline staff who are finding it difficult to do their regular shopping and preparation of meals. We are happy to say that we now have a stockpile of fantastic nutritious meals for our staff, children, families and carers.
CASPA Education Centre
Our highly skilled team of educators are committed to supporting the education of young people in care with further studies. We have developed an individualised learning program for each student, and educators are contacting families and staff to distribute working from home learning packs.
Our team has introduced a weekly newsletter to complement the learning packs of each student. These newsletters will be available to the public and we hope it may be beneficial to others who are now supporting their children at home in their schooling. The use of online learning and streaming is alive and well and providing exciting programs to kids in foster care homes.
Postponement of non-essential training
Essential training is still being conducted utilising virtual classrooms. We have moved to an online learning regime to ensure that essential service workers are being trained and deployed as needed. This is an evolving training program and the online mode has so far been successful. All non-essential training in our therapeutic learning and development program has been postponed until further notice, to assist in the protection and safety of our CASPA communities.
Across this challenging time CASPA will continue to provide the highest level of care to those we support with strength, compassion and resilience. The need to adapt quickly has only made us more progressive and committed.
We have collated a list of helpful resources to support foster carers, families and people with a disability.
People with disabilities
Coronavirus: What is it?
Easy Read Click Here
Council for Intellectual Disability - Look after your mental health during
Covid-19 Click Here
Families and foster carers
Toolkit for foster carers Click Here
Covid-19 information for carers Click Here
Child and Family Services Click Here
Kids Helpline 1800551800
Covid-19 concerns Click Here
Education support for kids
NSW Education Department COVID-19 (coronavirus) Click Here
ABC Education resources Click Here
Indigenous teaching resources Click Here
Online safety and kids
Latest advice from the Australian Government Click Here
Key updates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Click Here
NSW Government latest updates Click Here
World Health Organisation - Advice for the Public: Myth busters Click Here
Family violence and domestic abuse
Working from home and mental health