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Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Department of Health and Social Care

Brings together emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take during this period. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak. During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) still apply. The MCA provides protection for people who lack or may lack the relevant mental capacity to make decisions about different aspects of their life. The DoLS are an important part of this act and provide further safeguards for those who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to receive care or treatment in a care home or hospital, but do not have the capacity to consent to those arrangements. [Published 9 April 2020. Last updated 15 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

Supporting care-experienced children and young people during the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath

British Psychological Society

This advice is intended for foster and kinship carers, adoptive parents, and professionals who work with care-experienced children in schools, residential care homes and other settings across the United Kingdom. The term ‘care-experienced’ is used with reference to all looked after and adopted children and those in kinship or residential care. The guidance has a focus on thinking about care-experienced children and young people particularly in relation to education during the Covid-19 pandemic. It covers self-care; support in feeling safe; stay connected; making the most of opportunities; and supporting transitions.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

“Coming second all the time”: life in lockdown for siblings of disabled children

Sibs

Findings of a survey of 876 parents, exploring the experience of siblings of disabled children during lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic. The study examines the impact of the lockdown on the mental health and wellbeing of siblings; the challenges in supporting your sibling children; the difficulties faced by sibling children during lockdown; whether the lockdown meant that siblings had to provide more care to their brothers or sisters. The analysis shows that 75% of respondents felt that their sibling child’s mental health had worsened in lockdown; 50% of siblings were providing more care; and 1 in 3 siblings are feeling isolated and missing the support of family and friends. The survey also asked what would have helped parents and siblings during lockdown. The solutions put forward include: respite; financial support; space; exercise equipment; entertainment and toys; outdoor play equipment; having a safe and accessible garden; iPads, computers and electronic games; recognition and rewards.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

Upholding ethical behaviour and human rights during COVID-19

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work at the University of Stirling, Chair of the IASSW Disaster Intervention, Climate Change and Sustainability Committee, and Chair of BASW’s special interest group on social work’s place in disasters (SPEDI), shares her reflections on upholding ethical behaviour, social justice and human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic [Published on 2 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

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

Guidelines for social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This briefing provides some principles that social workers can follow to enable them to work in anti-oppressive ways while protecting their own health and that of service users so as to ensure that the coronavirus is not spread by them, especially to vulnerable people. The briefing also provides some pointers that social workers may wish to consider when doing home visits, agency visits or going anywhere else to deliver services to those requiring them. This briefing complements British Association of Social Workers England (BASW) document 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

Surviving COVID-19: social work issues in a global pandemic (Child protection and welfare, and social care)

University of Stirling

This briefing provides advice for social workers working with children and families during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing covers what is COVID-19 and its symptoms; what steps do World Health Organisation (WHO) and national and local health advisors advocate people follow in preparedness, mitigation and suppression strategies; how can social workers work with children and families during this pandemic; and how can social workers take care of themselves and others while performing their statutory duties. The briefing also covers how to uphold anti-oppressive practice, ethical behaviour and human rights, home visits and personal protection and protective equipment.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Care homes and COVID-19: advice and best practice

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Guidance, resources and best practice advice for care homes and care staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

The role of social workers in a pandemic and its aftermath: learning from COVID-19: BASW professional social work practice guidance

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance that outlines the professional role and responsibilities of social workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The document includes sections about: the overarching human rights and safeguarding role of social workers; ethics and emergency legal powers; professional responsibilities and use of expertise throughout all phases of the pandemic; social workers in local emergency strategy and delivery partnerships; social workers roles and responsibilities at different ‘phases’ of the pandemic; and how to support social workers. The document references two supporting resources by Professor Lena Dominelli, University of Stirling: Guidelines for social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and Social work during a health pandemic. [Published 28 May 2020, version 1]

Last updated on hub: 15 June 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