Care Workers | Supporting Trafficked Survivors Through Coronavirus

Our care workers continue to provide a listening ear, an open heart and support for trafficked young people, whenever they need it.

Throughout these difficult times our carers commitment doesn’t waver.

In our second interview with carer, Tamera Curtis she tells us, how the corornavirus has affected the ‘normal’ day for her, as a care worker.

What is it like doing your job (during the coronavirus)?  

“Working directly with young people during lockdown requirements has been challenging but rewarding and, in some cases, even provided unexpected advantages.”

“In many cases, visits to young people are going ahead in-person – with PPE precautions in place – in order to ensure the young people understand the seriousness of the situation and can keep themselves and others safe.”

“as carers we are sometimes the only direct support they have.”

“In other situations, vulnerabilities of other people in the household have required greater adaptations to our usual way of working.”

“especially our safety work sessions with the newest young person in our Independent Supported Accommodation”….

 ….” these sessions have all taken place over 4-way videos with young person, social worker, support worker and interpreter….

…”And, although the challenges of technology and non- face-to-face communication, has changed the ‘normal’ set-up….it has enabled our specialist carers to become more of a part of the often-sensitive sessions.”…

 …therefore, even more aware about the specific types of support the young people may need around them.”

“The computer set up has also inspired us to become extra creative in the types of activity we use to explore ideas with our young people”….

….through shared screen diagrams and art work interpretation of the young person’s thoughts have become the latest additions to our repertoire!”

Can you share your experiences of what it is like before and after your shift (during the coronavirus)?

“With many commitments including my work having shifted remotely, I have found there’s more competition for time-pressed priorities before, during and after sessions”.

“keeping a routine as much as possible for them but also being available whenever they want to make contact.”

“but even though we are not following shift patterns, we have remained available to our young people whenever it is needed or of benefit”…

…“Myself and the care workers are on call to support at any time of the day or week”.”

We are all adjusting to a ‘new normal’ and this daily routine may sound familiar. But we must remember that this new way of working comes with many added worries and extra responsibilities for our carers.

As carers they are more than just someone who provides food and a bed for trafficked young victims.

Their holistic care is a home away from home for survivors; and a constant friend, even after they’ve left the care of Love146 in the UK.

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