COVID-19 resources

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COVID-19 updates for social work

Skills for Care

Resource hub for social workers providing links to the latest government guidance and specific information for general guidance, adults and child and family principal social workers (PSWs).

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

COVID-19 updates from International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

International Association of Schools of Social Work

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) has been collecting stories of social work under COVID-19 from across the world. Includes examples of practice.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

COVID-19 vaccinations and care homes: programme launch

Department of Health and Social Care

A letter from the Minister for Care to local authorities, directors of adult social services and managers of care homes for older adults. outlining plans for getting the first COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) to care home staff.

Last updated on hub: 08 December 2020

COVID-19 virus update: interim guidance from CFAB on arranging full assessments overseas

Children and Families Across Borders

During the global pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many social workers will be tasked with continuing their work remotely. This interim guidance focuses on how to safely arrange assessments of parents or kinship carers (also known as friends and family carers) in other countries where face to face visits cannot be conducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic prior to placement.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Covid-19 Webinar for AMHP Leads and PSWs

British Association of Social Workers England

Webinar recorded on 20 March 2020 aimed at Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Leads and Principal Social Workers to discuss issues raised in the Coronavirus Bill. The panel included: Ruth Allen and Claire Barcham, British Association of Social Workers; Steve Chamberlain, AMHP Leads Group and Mark Trewin, Department of Health and Social Care.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

COVID-19 webinars

Skills for Care

A series of webinars on a range of topics to support managers and their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include: recruitment, using technology to support your staff and each other, keeping your team motivated, using technology to support the people you care for and dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on your staff.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Covid-19, county lines and the seriously “left behind"

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to suggest how the Covid-19 lockdown may affect illicit drug users and vulnerable children and young people who become involved in County lines drug dealing. Design/methodology/approach: This is an “opinion piece” based on data released by central and local government departments and voluntary sector sources concerning the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions on illicit drug users and vulnerable children and young people. The data is augmented with information from recent discussions with police officers, youth workers and social workers in a London borough. Findings: It appears that the Covid-19 restrictions have had, and will continue to have, a deleterious impact upon both illicit drug users and the young people caught up in County lines drug distribution. Originality/value: The study’s originality lies in its attempt to use a range of sources to anticipate the consequences of the Covid-19 restrictions on illicit drug users and vulnerable children and young people.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

COVID-19, prolonged grief disorder and the role of social work

International Social Work

The death rate that we are seeing from COVID-19 is unimaginable, with experts predicting the pandemic will ultimately claim hundreds of thousands of lives. The death toll has already far exceeded the total population of renown cities such as Miami, USA or Canberra, Australia. Behind each death listed as a statistic, there is a social network of family and friends who will be profoundly impacted by the loss. The usual funerals, rituals and customs that occur after a death are now the new casualty of the virus. Indisputably, restrictions are necessary to curb the spread; however, concerns are raised regarding how this will impede on the ‘normal’ grieving process. Undoubtedly, there will be a surge in persons developing bereavement complexities in future years, with a direct correlated link to COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

COVID-19, the journey from crisis to opportunity: experiences of young people in residential child care and their carers

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

COVID-19 arrived as a crisis. Its impact has been felt across the Globe and will continue to be for many years to come. Financially, emotionally, practically and psychologically – it has changed many views and forced us to think and behave differently in our everyday life. A massive challenged faced residential child care when lockdown was announced. Fear swept through the house, as the reality of our young people experiencing another challenge gripped us. At Nether Johnstone House, we have an ethos built around opportunity, experiences, relationships and most importantly love. In this article, our young people and team share some of our reflections and learnings of lockdown. Time has never seemed more important or significant than it has throughout 2020 and we have grown to appreciate this in its simplest form.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework: assessing and reducing the risk to your workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. Employers have a duty of care to secure the health, safety and welfare of their workers and the people who use their services, as far as possible. The framework focuses specifically on how they can support workers with factors which may make them more vulnerable to infection or adverse outcomes from COVID-19 to make decisions about their risks in the workplace. Risk factors include age, sex or ethnicity, some underlying health conditions, and pregnancy. The framework covers: the risk assessment process; having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk; measures that can be put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals; additional useful guidance and resources. This guidance should be used alongside PHE guidance on infection prevention and control and DHSC guidance on health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce. [Published 19 June 2020. Last updated 1 December 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 June 2020