COVID-19 resources for social workers

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A COVID-19 guide for social workers supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help social workers and occupational therapists supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

Adults social work group response to coronavirus crisis

British Association of Social Workers England

A position statement from the Adults Social Work Group of the British Association of Social Workers providing analysis and commentary on the 'Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities' (DHSC 1/4/20), to help prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and 'Responding to Covid-19: the ethical framework for adult social care' (DHSC 19/3/20). The statement highlights the sections of the guidance most relevant to social workers.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to help people across social care and health settings to apply its provisions about making best interests decisions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Child suicide rates during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: real-time surveillance

National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)

This briefing describes the findings from a real-time surveillance system (which was set up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic) relating to child death by suicide in England during lockdown. The report identifies likely suicides between 1 January 2020 and 17 May 2020, and compared rates before and during lockdown (a comparison was also made with deaths occurring at a similar time in 2019). In 2020, during the 82 days before lockdown, there were 26 likely child suicides and a further 25 in the first 56 days of lockdown. In 12 of the 25 post-lockdown deaths, factors related to Covid-19 or lockdown were thought to have contributed to the deaths. While there is a concerning signal that child suicide deaths may have increased during the first 56 days of lockdown, the risk remains low and numbers are too small to reach definitive conclusions. Amongst the likely suicide deaths reported after lockdown, restriction to education and other activities, disruption to care and support services, tensions at home and isolation appeared to be contributing factors. Although the finding of increased risk is unconfirmed statistically, clinicians and services should be aware of the possible increase and the need for vigilance and support.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Children’s social care guide to keeping families safe from domestic abuse throughout the COVID-19 emergency


This guidance is for professionals working in children’s social care including children's social workers, family practitioners and early help teams during the COVID-19 crisis. The guide is structured around the following areas: coordination and multi-agency working; risk assessment and risk management; safety planning; children and young people; forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence and abuse; perpetrators; child or adolescent to parent violence and abuse. There is an appendix with a list of resources, links and additional reading, including a list of helplines for both adult and child victims and those perpetrating abuse.

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance provides advice for people working in adult social care on how they can manage their physical, mental, and financial wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also provides information that employers and managers can use to help build the resilience of their team and on how they can take care of the wellbeing of staff at work, including staff who are clinically 'extremely vulnerable'. It includes links to useful resources, organisations and examples of good practice.

Last updated on hub: 12 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and advice

Social Work England

Information and advice from Social Care England for social workers, students, education and training providers and employers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

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 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

Coronavirus briefing: guidance for social workers

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

A summary of guidance for social workers and social work practitioners who are working with children and families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing brings together key guidance from all four UK nations to answer some frequently asked questions. Areas covered include: the social work workforce, including ensuring there are sufficient social workers to support children and families; how the coronavirus is affecting the child protection system; and the impact on direct work with children and families. [Published 22 May 2020. Updated 1 July 2020]

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020

Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance and information for schools

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This briefing summarises the latest guidance for UK schools on safeguarding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It pulls together key safeguarding guidance from all four UK nations on how to keep children safe during the pandemic. It answers frequently asked questions including: who has to go to school; how to monitor attendance; what happens if nominated child protection leads need to self-isolate or become ill; what schools should do about free school meals; and what happens with families who have contract arrangements or where parents are separated.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020