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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the community learning and development sector

Guidance to help local authorities, third sector organisations and partners working in Scotland’s schools, colleges and communities to provide community learning and development (CLD) services safely.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the community learning and development sector
CLD working environment

CLD working environment

The peripatetic nature of CLD practice brings unique considerations for staff and volunteers working across the CLD sector. It is therefore important to comprehend the role of CLD and the working environments where CLD practice takes place. It is equally important to recognise that advice related to protecting staff, volunteers and learners across the CLD sector should be interpreted from multiple guidance documents. A list of CLD working environments can be found in the CLD workforce section towards the end of this guidance, however, it should be noted that this list is not exhaustive. 

Where a workspace is shared with other organisations or rented from a landlord, individual organisations maintain responsibility for developing a risk assessments for staff and volunteers whilst carrying out their duties.

In addition to this, organisations should discuss their individual needs and requirements with landlords or contractors responsible for developing the risk assessments to ensure individual and collective requirements with regard to the health and safety of staff, volunteers and learners are reflected in risk assessments for shared premises. This includes but is not limited to cleaning regimes, hygiene, physical distancing, use of face coverings and health considerations of staff, volunteers and service users.


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First published: 31 Jul 2020 Last updated: 16 Apr 2021 -