COVID-19 resources for social workers

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The PCFSW and Social Work England best practice guide for video call/contact and virtual/online home visit

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Best practice guidance to support social work and social care practitioners and managers in thinking about ethical, practical, and professional aspects of video call/contact and virtual/online home visits. It includes information on: planning a call, ensuring appropriate boundaries and specific points for home visits and online child protection conferences. The guidance was developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network and Social Work England and has been informed by practitioners and managers. It has been developed in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the period of transition out of the current lockdown and will be updated in response to changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

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

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Best practice guidance to support social care practitioners and managers in thinking about ethical, practical, and professional aspects of risk assessments and prioritising needs during coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. It draws on research and practice development project, offering evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services. The guidance has been developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network and Social Work England in response to the current crisis and will be updated in response to the changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Moving practice online: knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid -19 context

A summary of responses to a knowledge exchange held with social service practitioners in New Zealand on how they were adapting their practice to ensure physical distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Practitioners described many ways that their processes, practices and technologies were changing in order to continue their work. The document provides a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of practice adaptation and a list of ideas from practitioners. Four areas of practice adaptation are covered: engaging in direct practice - including managing potential risks related to heightened family stresses and the possibilities of family violence; managing service user pathways, including managing new referrals; ethical and cultural issue, such as balancing user needs with the need to reduce the spread of the virus; and staff issues relating to staff protections, work practices that reduce spread of the virus.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Coronavirus, people's voice and advocacy: a myth buster

VoiceAbility

This guide debunks the myths and misunderstandings that could prevent people from getting access to advocacy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guide is primarily aimed at advocates and may also be useful to health and social care professionals, people who use health and social care services and their relatives and friends.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for home visits during Covid-19 Pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance has been produced to help social workers and their employers manage the risks of home visits during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It aims to help social workers keep themselves safe and reduce risks of infection during home visits, enable social workers to fulfil their duties without undue risk, and minimise the risk of infection of others by social workers entering homes. It covers key issues to consider when planning a home visit, during a visit, and action to take immediately after a home visit. The key principles may also be helpful for social workers planning and carrying out face to face activities in other settings, such as hospitals or care homes during Covid-19. It does not cover social care workers who are providing hands-on personal care. The guidance has been developed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in consultation with practitioners, managers and sector leaders and is applicable for all social workers across the UK. It will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Webinar recording: COVID-19 and the Care Act 2014

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar looked at how the principles of the legislation can stay in place with the COVID-19 pandemic putting services under strain.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Rapid report: how mental health social workers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Think Ahead

This report looks at how mental health services, and the social workers within these teams, are responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Based on a series of interviews with mental health social workers, the report explains the challenges services and professionals are facing and how mental health teams are transforming their work. Key findings show how services are reconfiguring roles to prepare for increased pressures, the challenges of digital contact with service users, the introduction of new forms of support for service users and the need to support staff welfare. The report also highlights examples of good practice from across the country.

Last updated on hub: 23 April 2020

Safeguarding children and families during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE quick guide for practitioners working to safeguard children and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide aimed at those supporting adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Supporting people who are isolated or vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide shares information, resources and ideas that you can use and share with the people you support during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020