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Social work during a health pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This briefing considers some of the issues for social workers involved in transdisciplinary, multiagency working in a COVID-19 team. The briefing covers: what is COVID-19 and its symptoms; what advice can social workers give to help people keep themselves, their families and communities safe; and what can social workers do to support health professionals and those affected by COVID-19. The Appendix to the briefing covers some pointers about helping people to develop self-help, self-care and resilience, especially in relation to helping people identify their strengths that they can use to reassure themselves and lessen their anxieties. This briefing complements BASW professional practice guidance: The role of social workers in a pandemic and its aftermath: learning from Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Social Work England and PCFSW best practice guide for assessing online risks, harm and resilience and safeguarding of children and young people online

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

A practice guide to help support social workers to think about and assess online risks, harm and resilience and safeguarding children and young people online. The guide is aimed at social work and social care practitioners and managers, as well as qualifying social work students. It includes a framework for assessing online risks, harm and resilience; a framework for the holistic assessment of children and families; and a practice tool that can be used with young people and their families for assessing online risks and resilience. The guide has been developed by Social Work England and the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network in consultation with practitioners, managers and the PCFSW reference group. Version last updated: 26 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Social work in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: all in this together?

British Journal of Social Work

This is the editorial for this issue that introduces the articles in the issue and comments on social work in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that across the globe, nations find themselves in lockdown in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with social work and social care being no exception. The editorial also outlines some of the key problems and challenges for social work, which include: isolation in residential care for older people; the exacerbation of anxiety and paranoia for those with long-term mental health problems; families prohibited from embracing their loved ones at the end of life; the operation of social distancing in prisons; how to survive, never mind self-isolate, at home for people who have no home; the risks posed to social care staff who all too often do not have adequate personal protection equipment nor are they able to use touch as they communicate with vulnerable people in these very particular circumstances. The editorial also states that social work must look out for and speak for, the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. It suggests that the profession must take the lead in building coalitions that will share and adapt existing expertise to address issues of well-being and survival for those who do not have the resources to do this for themselves. It also suggests that it is easy to overlook the other reality that people continue to experience breakdown and crisis and need routine support services.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Social work in times of disasters: a green social work perspective webinar

British Association of Social Workers England

In this webinar, Professor Lena Dominelli (University of Stirling) discusses current research into social workers in disasters and what this means for frontline practitioners. This webinar is based on research Lena has been doing since 2009 in relation to disasters. On the webpage you can access accompanying resources and documents relevant to the webinar, including PowerPoint presentation [Webinar recording made 2 March 2020].

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Social work practice education and training during the pandemic: disruptions and discoveries

International Social Work

The COVID-19 pandemic evoked a disruption to social work (SW) practice education and this brief note describes discoveries made in teaching SW practice virtually. One example is Virtual Practice Fridays, adapted to build SW practice competencies online, and another example is a re-designed course on cross-cultural SW practice using simulation-based learning.

Last updated on hub: 19 November 2020

Social work under coronavirus: children’s practitioners report bigger problems than adults’ colleagues

Community Care

The results from a survey carried out by Community Care about practice in England during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey was completed by almost 500 people working in adults’, children’s and mental health services, 92 percent of them qualified social workers. An analysis of responses found considerable disparities between adults’ and children’s practitioners across the measures such as: satisfaction with their employer, access to personal protective equipment and whether they had faced practice situations that made them anxious. Adults' services staff were happier with access to personal protective equipment and less likely to report increases in workload during pandemic than children's practitioners.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Social work, mental health, older people and COVID-19

International Psychogeriatrics

This commentary explores the work of social work in Ireland in addressing the impact of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis on older people in general, and older people who have an enduring mental illness.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Social work’s role during and after the pandemic: keeping vigilant and hopeful on human rights

International Social Work

Editorial for this issue. COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, capturing attention and action in unprecedented ways. It has highlighted global inequalities and the political disjunctures between popularism and public health advice. The editorial suggests that social workers around the world are having to enter this storm to serve their communities and that ethical dilemmas abound as systems struggle to cope and access to resources tightens. Introduces the articles in this issue, where one paper provide insight into context of COVID-19 for social work (Truell, R.) and another considers globalisation and social work education (Flynn, S.).

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Solace Resource Hub


Resources from trusted sources on resilience, remote working, mental health, and wellbeing. Providing practical advice, articles and guidance aimed at the network for public sector and local government professionals.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Solving the COVID-19 crisis in post-acute and long-term care

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

This special article presents five keys to solving the COVID-19 crisis in post-acute and long-term care, related to policy, collaboration, individualization, leadership, and reorganization. Taking action during this crisis may prevent sinking back into the complacency and habits of our pre-COVID-19 lives. Suggests that the nursing home industry has been in need of overhaul for decades—a situation made all the more evident by COVID-19. The editorial is from the AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Last updated on hub: 21 August 2020