COVID-19 resources for social workers

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Free webinar series - supporting survivors during COVID-19

Solace

Solace have developed a series of 4 webinars to share expertise and best practice from across the sector, to help professionals across the UK better understand how they can continue to provide support to survivors. The webinar titles include: Understanding domestic abuse in the context of COVID-19; Assessing risk during COVID-19; Safety planning during COVID-19; Supporting survivors to flee during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19 and violence against women: What the health sector/system can do

World Health Organization

Briefing that covers how COVID-19 can exacerbate risks of violence for women. Also covers what can be done to address violence against women during the COVID-19 response and tips for coping with stress at home and actions to take if you or your family members are experiencing violence.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Difficult conversations during COVID-19: ESSS Outline

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This summary considers the developing evidence on having difficult conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It gives specific consideration to conversations around end-of-life care and to talking to children about COVID-19. This summary reflects mostly on evidence published in the past months which are specifically addressing the unique health and social care needs of this time. It also covers the issues of advance care planning and person-centred conversations.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Service response to domestic abuse during COVID-19: ESSS Outline

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This evidence summary seeks to address the following question relating to domestic abuse: How are services currently responding to domestic abuse during COVID-19? The summary largely draws on the developing guidelines and recommendations that statutory and third sector organisations are producing with regards to domestic abuse and COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Covid-19: stress, anxiety, and social care worker's mental health: ESSS Outline

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This evidence summary looks at recent evidence relating to Covid-19 and the mental health, stress and anxiety of social care workers. It draws largely on academic research and grey literature. The summary covers the themes of social care and mental health, causes and outcomes, the workplace, burnout, moral injury, friends and family and the longer-term impact. The review also considers some potential solutions including: peer support, Self-care, resilience, digital health and communication.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

COVID-19 and safeguarding adults: frequently asked questions

Local Government Association

These frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and safeguarding adults cover three broad areas: overarching issues; issues for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs); and safeguarding issues regarding specific areas of abuse or neglect. It includes questions on safeguarding residents in care homes, domestic violence, safeguarding people with learning disabilities, homeless people, and people who lack mental capacity, The document is aimed at a wide range of people involved in safeguarding adults. It was published on 22 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 04 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

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

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance

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. This document provides additional guidance to supplement 'The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic', which was published in April 2020. It includes guidance on: testing someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity; providing life-saving treatment to someone who lacks the capacity to consent; hospitals and care homes; and using emergency public health powers when someone who lacks relevant capacity needs to be isolated because they have symptoms and are not following public health advice.

Last updated on hub: 01 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