'LONG TERM CARE BADGE' OUTLINE
The first 11 pages of the 'RR&T Badge Policy' discuss the basics: like goals, mindset, behaviours and then a bit about the law and how to build relationships with vets (touching on the support package that we offer to support rehabbers in this) as well as some info on the emotional support that the WCB hopes to offer. You can check out some screenshots below.
RECORD KEEPING / HOUSING/ REHABILITATION & RELEASE / EUTHANASIA/TRANSIT
The largest section of this RR&T Badge Policy outlines and advises on Record Keeping, Setting Up Your Premises, Housing, Diet, Pre-Release, Release as well as Euthanasia OR (if you want to see if it can adapt as a Captive Disabled) transit to a sanctuary space that has the 'Long Term Care Badge'
HIGH WELFARE HOUSING, SOCIAL GROUPING & ENRICHMENT FOR SANCTUARIES, KEEPING 'UNRELEASABLE WILDLIFE CAPTIVES'
This section lays out housing, social grouping & enrichment requirements (high, minimum standards) for any wildlife casualty that's in a Rescue/Rehabbers' care for over 6 months, whether they are being kept in for longer term rehabilitation - like feather regrowth - or for the rest of their lives.
ADDITIONAL RECORD KEEPING & REQUIRED REPORTS ARE OUTLINED HERE TOO.
An extensive list of reference books and papers have been collated and listed for Rescues/Rehabbers to use.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO GET THE 'LTC BADGE'?
You can check this out in detail by clicking the button below.
HOW ARE WILDLIFE RESCUES/REHABBERS SUPPORTED IN NOT ONLY GETTNG THE BADGE BUT ALSO KEEPING IT AND MAINTAINING STANDARDS AS WELL AS ACCESSING ALL OF THE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT?
APPLYING ANONYMOUSLY - Wildlife Rescues/Rehabbers apply for the badge by contacting Alana at alana@wildscapingworldwide,com. [RESCUES/REHABBERS WHO ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY WON’T MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS CAN APPLY ANONYMOUSLY AND EVEN SIT THE EXAM ANONYMOUSLY. THEY CAN THEN ANNOUNCE THEIR SUCCESS IF THEY GET THE BADGE AND NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW IF THEY NEED SOME EXTRA HELP - THEY WILL JUST BE OFFERED TIME WITH A MENTOR TO GET UP TO STANDARD]
PREMISES SUPPORT PRE-BADGE - If you are worried about your set up BEFORE your vet visit and are also afraid of being criticised by other rescues, you can put in a request - to Alana - to be linked up with another Rescue/Rehabber (with the badge already) who is willing to mentor and who will jump online with you for a video call as you walk around your space, getting advice. THESE ARRANGEMENTS AND CALLS ARE TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL so no other rescue has to know that you have asked for help.
MENTORING PRE-BADGE - If you feel like you need additional training to get the Badge, you can ANONYMOUSLY contact Alana and be put in touch with a Mentor (hopefully local to you).
MAINTAINING STANDARDS - If you are struggling to keep up standards because you are overwhelmed (after you have the Badge)...[BOUNDARIES & BALANCE WORKSHOPS ARE BEING LOOKED AT - WITH A PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS COACH - TO HELP DECIDE HOW TO MAINTAIN THE RESCUE AT A HIGH STANDARD. PERHAPS IT MEANS HAVING THE EMOTIONAL AND GROUP SUPPORT TO CLOSE YOUR DOORS FOR 2 WEEKS/SHORTENING YOUR HOURS TEMPORARILY WHILE FINDING MORE HELP?]
RESCUE RELIEF - Rescue Relief (Compassion Fatigue) Sessions run by a professional coach.
SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY - Rehabbers and Rescues would ALSO become part of a MORE supportive community where BEHAVIOURS are starting to change and Rescuers/Rehabbers/Vets are more empathetic and transparent with one another, due to everyone feeling able to trust one another to a set minimum standard.
[IF THESE BADGES WORK/ARE TAKEN UP.... WCB WILL SPEAK TO RCVS ABOUT THE SCHEME TO SEE IF THEY WILL SUPPORT IT IN SOME WAY AND ENCOURAGE VETS ON THEIR DATABASE TO DEAL DIFFERENTLY WITH WCB BADGE HOLDERS.]
TO BUILD AN OPEN, POSITIVE ‘WILDLIFE CARE BADGE’ COMMUNITY
(FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF OUR UK WILDLIFE)
THESE GROUPS WILL BE STARTING UP FOR BADGE HOLDERS.
(EACH GROUP WILL MEET MONTHLY TO DISCUSS THESE TOPICS)
SHARING IDEAS - A group to specifically discuss the choices around different cases
(ie. Which treatments can be suggested for different injuries/illnesses?) (PEOPLE CAN BE INVOLVED ANONYMOUSLY IF THEY WISH TO BE SO - A SAFE SPACE).
POTENTIAL MENTOR/BEGINNER GROUP - An additional WCB Facebook Group (Called ‘WCB Rescue/Rehabber Training)... Aspiring Rehabbers (or new Rehabbers, who are looking for additional training) can post to state their location & level of experience etc and ask if any Wildlife Rescues/Rehabbers/Vets have space to train up/mentor new volunteers: Rescuers/Rehabbers/Vets in the group can comment offering a placement or to ask the person to get in touch with them for further discussion?