COVID-19 resources for social workers

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Loneliness in the lockdown

Wales Centre for Public Policy

Loneliness and social isolation have a significant impact on public health and wellbeing. Social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) simultaneously increases the risk of loneliness and social isolation and rules out many existing approaches to tackling them. This note examines possible approaches to tackling loneliness during the lockdown. It provides an overview of approaches to strengthening social contact, including those enabled by digital technologies; highlights lessons from previous approaches that have reduced loneliness and social isolation among groups who have long felt socially distanced, such as carers, those with physical mobility restrictions and those with mental ill-health; and suggests ways that public services in Wales and elsewhere can adapt these strategies to support communities through the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 20 May 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

Guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic: addendum: safeguarding adults in placements

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance setting out additional considerations for social workers who are safeguarding adults in placements during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. These considerations aimed at preventing safeguarding issues and responding to them quickly. It is an addendum to recently published practice guidance by the British Association of Social Workers on safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This practice guidance, developed by the British Association of Social Workers, provides advice for social workers safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It reaffirms the purpose of safeguarding adults and identifies two main issues arising from the pandemic - additional concerns and risks and barriers to safeguarding adults. It outlines approaches that can support social workers to undertake their safeguarding role in Covid-19 and considers the specific support social workers may need. The guidance has been developed based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. Published date: 24 April 2020.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for social work in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for safe face to face social work practice within multi-disciplinary or multi-agency contexts during the coronavirus (Covid-19). It focuses on planning for and managing risk during Covid-19, working with people and families where someone is positive for Covid-19, negative or infection status unknown. It includes details of four key enablers for effective multi-disciplinary team working during the Covid-19 pandemic: good communication; approaches to decision making and co-ordination of care; organisational support; and enabling social workers to utilise their professional specific capabilities. The guidance is transferable across multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency contexts. Developed by the British Association for Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for end of life social work during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance to help social workers and their employers undertake social work at end of life during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It will help social workers think through the specific considerations around practice at end of life and help social workers to consider the specific support they may need. It also includes information about additional resources and support for people at end of life and in bereavement and their social workers. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. It draws on publication 'The role of social workers in palliative, end of life and bereavement care' (2016) by the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for hospital social work with adults during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for face to face social work in hospitals with adult patients, families or carers during Covid-19. It focuses on planning for and managing risk during coronavirus (Covid-19), whether with adults who are Covid-19 positive, negative or infection status unknown. It includes advice on planning a face to face encounter with a hospital adult patient, family or carer, such as liaising with other agencies, evaluating level of risk, and talking patients, families and carers about risk precautions. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for children and families social work during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance support frontline practitioners and provide a framework to influence good practice within the workplace, as well as helping social workers to manage the ethical and emotional impact of their work. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience. It highlights the importance of strengths-based and relationship-based practice. It also provides a checklist to help social workers to order their thinking when working with vulnerable children and their families and when meeting their own support needs. It includes links to resources and organisations providing additional support for children, families and their social workers.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Ethical decision-making in the face of Covid-19

International Federation of Social Workers

The coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis is challenging social workers as they continue to carry out their professional roles. In the context of a shortage of resources and a lack of safety equipment, social workers are having to make difficult decisions about in-person contacts with their clients. This document highlights ethical principles from the International Federation of Social Workers and provides a series of questions to guide social workers through resolving the dilemma of balancing public health directives and guidelines and ethical obligations to clients.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

The PCFSW and Social Work England COVID-19 ethical response and best practice guide for children and families services

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

This good practice guide aims to encourage ethical thinking in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and support practitioners in applying social work values, principles and standards in their everyday practice, decisions and actions. It has been developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network and Social Work England and draws on the work of the PCFSW research and practice development project. It has been developed to inform practice and to support the implementation of relevant legislation, national guidance and practice standards provided by the Department of Education and Social Work England. The guidance will be updated in response to changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020