This guidance provides information for social care workers and employers about the Social Care Staff Support Fund (the Fund).
As key workers, social care workers have continued to provide care and daily living support to people across Scotland throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The nature of this work means that they come into close contact with people and in many cases are caring for people who have contracted coronavirus. As part of infection prevention control they have access to personal and protective equipment (PPE) and must also be supported to self-isolate in line with public health guidance.
The Fund has been set up for a group of workers who, due to the nature of their work or work environment, may be expected to self-isolate on more than one occasion as part of infection prevention and control. Its purpose is to ensure that social care workers do not experience financial hardship.
Any social care worker suspected to have or who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 is expected to take a COVID-19 test at the earliest opportunity.