Infection Control, Health & Safety and Safeguarding Protocols
As the country prepares to return the best normality that it can, we have reviewed all our policies, procedures, and protocols in every area of the rescue. Over the last 2 years we have triumphed over adversity, overcome many obstacles, and been forced to embrace significant changes affecting our daily running of BCWR.
In review and measurement of our Infection Control, Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies I am delighted to tell you that they have been effective and have much improved the physical and mental well-being of all our cats, kittens, volunteers, visitors and professional partners.
• All visitors and volunteers will still always wear Face Coverings when at BCWR.
• Strict hand hygiene measures are always in place.
• Visits to the rescue FOR ANY REASON must be pre-arranged. (The Approach to Adoption is outlined in detail further down this document.)
We have examined our modified measures and compiled a long-term workable policy to ensure that Infection Control, Health and Safety and Safeguarding continue to be our priority. This means that our embedded set of procedures and protocols are in place and must be adhered to by both volunteers and visitors.
Our plan has been structured in a way that protects the public, protects the volunteers, and protects the welfare of the cats in our care and those going to their new homes.
To enable our plan to work safely and effectively there are 2 factors in place ; Continued availability of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for volunteers and visitors, and availability of volunteers.
The approach to adoptions at BCWR
All adoption enquiries will begin by completing the enquiry form by clicking the link below: https://www.bcwr-kittens.co.uk/adoption-enquiry-form/
A volunteer will contact you to arrange a Telephone Assessment at a mutually convenient time. Please be aware that we are working under immense pressure and we will contact you in due course. The time waiting will depend on volunteer availability.
You will be asked by one of our Adoption Advocates several questions including personal information, a pre-adoption assessment and permission to save all sensitive data.
A volunteer will process all the information given and it is likely you will be added to our Adoptions Waiting List or referred to other rescues if appropriate. If successful at this stage, you will be invited by a volunteer to visit the rescue to meet the available cats and kittens as a suitable match becomes available.
Please note the following
-ALL VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A FACE COVERING AT THE GATE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR OWN. THIS MUST BE WORN THROUGHOUT YOUR VISIT.
– STRICT HAND HYGIENE MUST BE ADHERED TO.
– WE WILL BE REQUIRED TO VERIFY YOUR IDENTITY AND PROOF OF ADDRESS. PHOTO ID SUCH AS A DRIVING LICENCE WILL BE REQUESTED.
-IDEALLY, WE WOULD ONLY ASK THAT ONE ADULT VISITS THE RESCUE. IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY ALLOW TWO ADULTS TO VISIT.
– NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE ALLOWED TO VISIT.
– WHEREVER POSSIBLE THERE WILL BE NO CASH HANDLING
– WE HAVE A CARD MACHINE AND WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PAY THEIR ADOPTION DONATION BY EITHER PAYPAL OR BANK TRANSFER.
– ALL PAPERWORK WILL BE EMAILED TO ADOPTERS ALONG WITH THE INFORMATION PACK.
Whilst the adoption process does look very strict, we are striving to work successfully, work diligently and deliver a safe environment for all. We are proud of our team and that we are in a position to SAFELY re-home cats and kittens in our care.