COVID-19 resources

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Developing emotional resilience and wellbeing: a practical guide for social workers

This comprehensive guide provides information and techniques to help social workers to develop their emotional resilience and wellbeing during the conravirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for social work and developing greater resilience can help protect social workers from the stresses they face. The guide, which is based on messages from research, considers the meaning of resilience, highlights the factors that underpin this key quality and identifies how they can be developed. It highlights the importance of qualities such as reflective thinking, social competence, supervision and organisational support, coping skills and self-compassion to developing resilience. Tools and techniques identified that can be used to develop greater resilience, include: mindfulness, thinking skills, peer support, and self-awareness and action planning.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Department of Health and Social Care

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The guidance is designed to minimise additional pressures on hospitals and care home and ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak. The guidance states that it may be necessary during the COVID-19 Pandemic to "to change the usual care and treatment arrangements of somebody who lacks the relevant mental capacity to consent to such changes" and that changes to a person’s care or treatment in these scenarios will not constitute a new deprivation of liberty. The guidance includes a decision-making flow chart for decision makers in hospitals and care home. The guidance will apply until withdrawn by the Department.[First published 9 April 2020; last updated 15 October 2020].

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

Temporary funding for adult social care providers during the Covid-19 Crisis

Local Government Association

This joint statement from the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services focuses on stabilising the adult social care market during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It provides a framework for the consideration of the locally determined temporary funding of social care providers during the Covid-19 crisis and provides information to help councils who have not yet been able to agree what level of temporary additional support providers in their local area will need.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

Briefing on protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak: report

Local Government Association

This briefing offers information to help councils to support and protect people who are vulnerable as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. It includes information supporting those who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 and work that is taking place, led largely by councils and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), to protect other vulnerable groups. These include people facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, those already accessing care and support services, homeless people and rough sleepers, and those experiencing a reduction in usual services. Sections cover: an overview of the system for supporting vulnerable people; identifying vulnerable groups; types of support needs, such as housing and accommodation, food, medicine and mental wellbeing; and key considerations for councils in coordinating local support. The briefing will also help the NHS, community and voluntary sector and other partner agencies to understand the role of local government in supporting vulnerable people. It will be updated as and when necessary to keep up with the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 09 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Department for Education

Interim guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the role of the local authorities, child protection policy, the role of Designated safeguarding leads, mental health, online safety and safeguarding vulnerable children during the COVID-19 period. This interim safeguarding guidance is under review and will be updated. [Published 27/03/20. Last updated 20/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Covid-19 pandemic: ethical guidance for social workers

British Association of Social Workers England

Ethical guidance for social workers from the British Association of Social Workers to respond to the specific circumstances generated by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance does not supersede the BASW Code of Ethics, but aims to apply them in the circumstances generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers the ethical responsibilities as members of the community and in practice. It highlights the principles of prioritising need and managing risk which are central to the response during the pandemic. Social work practitioners may face choices and decisions that go beyond the bounds of usual ethics and practices, including rationing of support and resources and more stringent prioritisation. The Guidance will be continually developed, reflecting the challenges social workers face as the pandemic develops.

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources

House of Commons Library

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It includes information on the Government's additional funding commitments for health and social care providers and some of the key workforce measures to support the health and care sectors. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. First published on 7 April 2020, this briefing paper was last updated on 30 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Webinar recording: How COVID-19 affects the care sector

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A question and answer session from SCIE Chair Paul Burstow about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects the care sector.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

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

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Drawing on research from the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network and feedback from local authorities, this guide will support social workers and local authorities in assessing and prioritising needs and risks of vulnerable children and families in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It offers evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services and should be considered alongside the local authority's guidance to ensure continued support and safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people and their families and carers. The document can be used to support individual reflection, in supervision or in virtual group discussions to support reflection for and after action.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Department for Education

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities to help support and protect vulnerable children. It includes answers to frequently asked questions in the areas of: Alternative provision, Children's safeguarding, Children's residential care, Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, Care leavers, Foster care, Adoption, and social workers in children's social care. The guidance is for local authorities, those who have corporate parenting responsibilities, and local safeguarding partnerships who work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. It will also be of interest to social workers, residential care providers and those with safeguarding responsibilities. [Last updated 15 October 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020