Working from home has become a new reality for many caseworkers due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing protocols. How can we approach this new reality and adapt to our current setup to best serve clients in the CSS program?
On March 11, 2020 The World Health Organization confirmed Coronavirus as a pandemic
indicating that it is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time. Following The WHO’s declaration, On March 17, Ontario announced a state of emergency and ordered several businesses and organizations to shut down or adapt to new restrictions.
Working from home has posed challenges for staff and managers while delivering services to clients however, it is not without benefits. In this document, we will be highlighting the benefits and challenges of working from home during COVID along with successful tips and strategies to overcome those challenges. This document is prepared in collaboration with all CSS Sites.
As early members of Government Assisted Refugees’ teams in supporting their settlement in Canada, it’s especially important to have a clear framework for appropriate boundaries between ourselves and out clients. As service providers, these are beneficial in maintaining our own well being. They also allow us to best serve clients ethically and consistently.
Through collaboration with our professional development working group, the CSS network has developed a Client Caseworker Boundary resource that gives best practice information on particular situations and guidelines for how to proceed, including:
- Accepting gifts from clients
- Effectively handling encounters with clients in the community
- Guidelines for self disclosure of relevant personal experience during service provision