I feel any 'whinging' here from SNA's has some merit to be fair. You have their union (Forsa), the official Government statements, and the state media, all saying different things with regard what will be expected of SNA's during this crisis. Of course that's going to cause confusion and anger, it's a fearful time for people. If I were an SNA I'd be really concerned too...and if this was happening with Teachers, I've no doubt this thread would be a LOT longer.
I seriously doubt any SNA has an issue with what their union is saying, ie, remote contact with families, distance supporting of children and families, advice re a child's regular schedule, and so forth. That all sounds perfectly reasonable. I think the problem is what the government and media have been saying SNA's will be expected to do (reassignment to relieve care staff in care/residential settings? short outings with children? one to one sessions with children in offsite settings?), this brings a lot of concern, risk, confusion, and worry.
I looked up the SNA salary scale, an entry level SNA will be making €450 a week before tax. That's a perfectly reasonable wage considering the role and duties of an SNA (again no disrespect to SNA's, they fulfill a hugely important role and can be a tremendous benefit to children with additional needs). However, to shift from a nice, safe, school environment....to a role whereby not only their own health, but the health of their families & whoever they live with will be put in jeopardy, well, that doesn't seem like a great tradeoff. Again though this isn't a money argument, I don't think there's any SNA's upset because of their salary here - it's upset caused by confusion, fear, and worry.
The government, the SNA union, and the media, seriously need to align their statements. I seen above the new vetting forms are hard-set to vet SNA's as health care workers. This may be passed off as a rushed clerical error, but given the mixed messages already to date, it's yet another factor which is sewing distrust in the info released, and what's expected of SNA's in the coming weeks. It's all a perfect storm of mixed messages at this stage.
Last edited by Inviere; 06-04-2020 at 14:23.