First live Q&A session for children, families and schools staff
Wed, 09 Sep 2020

The children, families and schools directorate hosted its first virtual Q&A session, with around 175 members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council staff tuning in.

Director Eoin Rush was joined by Deborah Myers (head of children and young people, education and schools), Ellie Gray (interim head of children and young people's specialist services) and Penny Donno (interim head of children and young people support and safeguarding services).

They gave details of how working arrangements had been changed by the pandemic in 2020 and looked at how employees and students can start to safely return to schools and other settings where staff see children.

There was also a presentation by Mike McDermott, deputy director of public health, who gave an overview of the current Covid-19 statistics for the East Riding.

Viewers had the chance to share ideas and comments with Eoin, Deborah, Ellie, Penny and Mike, who also answered a number of questions during the hour-long session.

Eoin said: "This was a new way of communicating with our teams and offered a valuable opportunity for us to hear from colleagues from across CFS and for them to ask us questions directly.

"I hope everybody who joined us found it useful. We felt it was an excellent addition to our existing ways of sending information to our colleagues and collating their feedback.

"Based on the initial positive feedback received, we will arrange more online sessions like this in the future."

Unfortunately, a technical hitch meant that some viewers were unable to see the slides which were part of Mike McDermott's presentation. These slides can be viewed here.

If you were unable to join the Q&A session live, you can catch up and watch the webinar by heading to the Virtual Roadshows section of the home page of the Intranet.


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