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Professional practice guidance for hospital social work with adults during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for face to face social work in hospitals with adult patients, families or carers during Covid-19. It focuses on planning for and managing risk during coronavirus (Covid-19), whether with adults who are Covid-19 positive, negative or infection status unknown. It includes advice on planning a face to face encounter with a hospital adult patient, family or carer, such as liaising with other agencies, evaluating level of risk, and talking patients, families and carers about risk precautions. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for children and families social work during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance support frontline practitioners and provide a framework to influence good practice within the workplace, as well as helping social workers to manage the ethical and emotional impact of their work. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience. It highlights the importance of strengths-based and relationship-based practice. It also provides a checklist to help social workers to order their thinking when working with vulnerable children and their families and when meeting their own support needs. It includes links to resources and organisations providing additional support for children, families and their social workers.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Ethical decision-making in the face of Covid-19

International Federation of Social Workers

The coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis is challenging social workers as they continue to carry out their professional roles. In the context of a shortage of resources and a lack of safety equipment, social workers are having to make difficult decisions about in-person contacts with their clients. This document highlights ethical principles from the International Federation of Social Workers and provides a series of questions to guide social workers through resolving the dilemma of balancing public health directives and guidelines and ethical obligations to clients.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Children in prison during the Covid-19 pandemic

Howard League for Penal Reform

This briefing, from the Howard League for Penal Reform, provides an insight into the additional difficulties that young people in prison are experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic. It reports that, in response to coronavirus, the regime in prisons has been severely restricted, with most children being placed in prolonged solitary confinement. There are no face to face visits, virtually no face to face education and no therapy. Children are experiencing particular difficulties in accessing the support they need to plan for release.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

The PCFSW and Social Work England COVID-19 ethical response and best practice guide for children and families services

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

This good practice guide aims to encourage ethical thinking in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and support practitioners in applying social work values, principles and standards in their everyday practice, decisions and actions. It has been developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network and Social Work England and draws on the work of the PCFSW research and practice development project. It has been developed to inform practice and to support the implementation of relevant legislation, national guidance and practice standards provided by the Department of Education and Social Work England. The guidance will be updated in response to changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

The PCFSW and Social Work England best practice guide for video call/contact and virtual/online home visit

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Best practice guidance to support social work and social care practitioners and managers in thinking about ethical, practical, and professional aspects of video call/contact and virtual/online home visits. It includes information on: planning a call, ensuring appropriate boundaries and specific points for home visits and online child protection conferences. The guidance was developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network and Social Work England and has been informed by practitioners and managers. It has been developed in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the period of transition out of the current lockdown and will be updated in response to changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

COVID-19: staying at home and away from others (social distancing) guidance for young people

Public Health England

Guidance for young people on social distancing and what they can do to look after their wellbeing whilst staying at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice about keeping in contact with friends and family whilst at home and for young people who have divorced or separated parents.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

ESSS Outline: Covid-19, social isolation and loneliness

This summary provides an overview of recent evidence relating to: Covid-19, social isolation and loneliness. A search for academic research and grey literature identified a range of literature discussing isolation and loneliness, including the mental and physical effects they have, particularly around older people. Literature also suggests interventions that can help mitigate the health and mental health impact of loneliness. However, it found the quality of evidence for the majority of interventions is generally weak. Searches identified material relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown in the UK, as well as studies from isolated, confined and extreme environments, and from other pandemics around the world.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

The PCFSW and Social Work England best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families' needs during pandemic

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Best practice guidance to support social care practitioners and managers in thinking about ethical, practical, and professional aspects of risk assessments and prioritising needs during coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. It draws on research and practice development project, offering evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services. The guidance has been developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network and Social Work England in response to the current crisis and will be updated in response to the changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Infection control e-learning course

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Video-based, easy-to-navigate, essential e-learning to help organisations prevent the spread of infection.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020