Skills for Care has updated its guidance on training social care workers in England.
The organisation states that while it still encourages digital solutions to training wherever possible during the pandemic, face-to-face training may be required.
In this instance, Skills for Care advises that a thorough risk assessment should be undertaken, and has provided guidance to support this process.
Click here to view the updated guidance.
Before commissioning or delivering face-to-face training, Skills for Care advises providers to consider whether the training can be provided online, either remotely using webinars or video conferencing, or via e-learning; whether there alternatives to support the achievement of learning and development, such as changes to assessment methods; whether approaches, such as workplace shadowing, supervision and competency checks be undertaken; and if extensions have been permitted on the validation of formal certificates, such as First Aid at Work, meaning that the training can be delayed.
“During this period, we encourage you to use digital solutions to deliver and access training, as far as is practicable. If digital solutions are not practical then a thorough risk assessment must be carried out, recorded and shared (with those appropriate) against the following criteria: locality, people, environment, equipment and delivery,” Skills for Care said.
The guidance provides an overview of the risks providers could consider when thinking about the need to carry out face-to-face training.
“Learners attending the training will need to be aware of measures that you and, if relevant, the training provider put into place to protect their safety,” the charity added.
Caption: Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth.