Employees breaching the government guidelines and Acorn policies could have huge ramifications for a range of people; staff may have to move between bubbles to cover staff shortages, parents may have to stop working (and lose pay) to look after children self-isolating, colleagues may have to self-isolate which could affect their pay, and the organisation may lose significant amounts of money partially crediting childcare fees to support families. As a result, breaches are taken seriously and could result in the employee having to take up to two weeks unpaid leave and could also lead to disciplinary proceedings.


Teams need to feel confident that they can trust their colleagues not to put others at risk. If you know of any employee going against the government guidelines, we encourage you to speak to your manager or a member of CSO. Acorn’s speak up procedure and Whistleblowing policy are there to support this process.