Circle’s Current Working Guidelines (February 2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for Circle in continuing to deliver vital services to children and families that we work with that were already impacted by the effects of poverty and other challenges. Families with younger children have been particularly impacted by this crisis and the reduction in community resources that has happened as a result. Despite the challenging circumstances Circle have continued to provide our vital services to some of the most vulnerable families across central Scotland.

Throughout this crisis we have had the safety of our staff and the families that we support as our main priority. All of the work we are carrying out seeks to balance our responsibility to keep people safe, with the need to continue supporting vulnerable families and individuals in the best way possible. We are also extremely conscious of the need to avoid causing harm by the spread of infection.

To achieve this, we have adapted our services to keep face-to-face contact to a minimum, and where contact takes place, to ensure that we are taking all necessary precautions to reduce risk. We have however continued to develop our services online to ensure that we can support families with the challenges they face and have been heightened by lockdown. To this end we have developed a range of regular online individual and group work activities including peer support groups for families, learning and creative activities for children, dads’ groups and one-to-one support.

Where contact with families and children is deemed necessary Circle are following the Scottish Government Guidance for the Social Work and Social Care Sector, details of which can be found here.

The majority of our staff team continue to work remotely though our Head Office is partially open, with a skeleton staff, and we can be contacted directly by Tel: 0131 552 0305 or Email: info@circle.scot

We would like to thank all of our staff, partners and beneficiaries for their support and patience and we wish everyone good health at this time