Covid measures

To ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible due to Covid, I ask that these measures are carefully read at the time of booking and 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 downstairs are wiped down thoroughly after every client
  • give you as much notice as possible if anyone in my home is ill so that the appointment can be rebooked

 

I ask that you:

  • inform me whether anyone in your household has or could have Covid as the appointment will need to be rebooked
  • read the 'important information' document sent with the questionnaires so you know what needs to be brought along, etc. 

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
  • 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 a rapport, I'm happy to do so if you makes you or your child feel more comfortable
  • 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
  • (for parents) bring your child/young person to you when offering a break halfway through the assessment if you're waiting in the car or in my garden.   

 

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)

After the assessment

I will:

  • give immediate verbal feedback. For parents, this can be:
    • in person: in my garden, dining room (due to the size of the room, I allow ONE person), by your car or on my doorstep. 
    • 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 anyone living in my house contracts 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 rebooked due to Covid (or other reasons)

 

I ask that you:

  • give me as much notice as possible if you need to rebook so that the time can be offered to someone on my cancellation list

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 (cannot be used when it rains). It can be helpful to show children and young people these photos so they can see where they're coming.