About Fair4All Education

The Fair4All Education project tackles the most important educational issues facing disabled children and young people, and their parents/carers, in Bucks.

This project was launched in late 2021 and is still developing. Volunteers are forming a ‘working community’ of professionals, parents, carers and disabled young people who are passionate about making a real difference. Working under the BuDS umbrella, the Fair4All Education team will work together to define an agenda for action and plan how change will be made to happen.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 20 June 2022

WORRYING news, as Bucks sees a massive 44% increase in Covid-19 infections in only a week. The next wave of Covid-19 is arriving much quicker than expected, and BuDS has raised the risk level back up to EXTREMELY HIGH. 1 in every 39 people in Bucks had Covid-19 as of 11 June, and the risk is almost certainly even higher today.

Even if you have had Covid-19 recently, you can still catch it again. Having had Covid-19 before is only weak protection against the new variants making up this wave. Even vaccination will not prevent you from being seriously ill at home if you catch one of these new variants. Unless you want to take the gamble of being infected or reinfected with Covid-19, you need to start being Covid-Cautious.

Our advice is to wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends. These simple precautions may save you and your family from serious illness or possibly long-term disability.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 13 June 2022

Last week, we reported the end of Omicron BA.2 wave that has caused so much illness and death in the UK in May. This week, we are sadly reporting the START of the NEXT WAVE, made up of new Omicron variants including BA.5.

The number of infected people is now going up all over the UK. Here in Bucks, we now have 1 in every 61 people infected with Covid-19. This means the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks continues to be VERY HIGH.

With cases on the upturn, BuDS urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is VERY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends. BuDS will continue to update you every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 6 June 2022

This week, we are not able to give you any update about the Covid-19 pandemic in Bucks. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), who provide the data we use, have decided not to publish any regional data for the last week, and instead to publish a fortnightly update on Friday 10 June.

Nationally, the number of people infected with Covid-19 is continuing to slowly decline. Bucks is usually slightly worse than the national average, so we are predicting either a standstill or a slight decline in infection rates in Bucks. However, even with a small decline, the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still VERY HIGH.

BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still VERY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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Why Flexible Working Is Crucial For Disabled Employees

Written by Janneke Elford, BuDS HR & Projects Manager

Due to the pandemic, a new era of remote working has provided greater chances for disabled workers, many of whom had previously been wrongly excluded from the workforce due to a lack of flexibility from employers.

One group in particular has been diligently advocating for flexible work: disabled and chronically ill people, who are frequently forced out of many jobs due to their employer’s inflexibility. Covid-19, on the other hand, has compelled many employers to try remote working, and they’ve discovered that it works.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 30 May 2022

There is continuing cautious good news about the Covid-19 pandemic in Bucks. The number of infected people is continuing to fall, but only very slowly. However, with 1 in 57 people in Bucks infected with Covid-19, the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still VERY HIGH.

BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still VERY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

Because the number of infected people in Bucks has reduced, BuDS has lowered the Covid-19 risk level to very high. Remember that a very high risk is exactly what it sounds like – you have a very high risk of catching Covid-19 in your everyday life if you don’t take precautions.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 23 May 2022

With 1 in 48 people in Bucks infected with Covid-19, the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Recent falls in the number of infected people have stopped, and early signs are that we may see them rising again soon.

BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

The good news is that the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is continuing to trend downwards. This is because the number of people infected with Omicron BA.2 is falling. However, if the number of infected people starts to rise again as new variants spread (see below), the number of people in hospital will start to go back up again as well.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 16 May 2022

Sadly, the rapid fall in the number of infected people in Buckinghamshire has come to an end, and the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Worryingly, the number of people going into hospital with Covid-19 has started to go up again, as have deaths.

With 1 in 44 people in Bucks infected with Covid-19, BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. The chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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