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

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

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

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

Technical note: protection of children during the coronavirus pandemic, v.1

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund

This briefing provides information to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the risk children face during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Infectious diseases like COVID-19 can disrupt the environments in which children grow and develop. Disruptions to families, friendships, daily routines and the wider community can have negative consequences for children's well-being, development and protection. In addition, measures used to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 can expose children to protection risks. Part 1 of this briefing presents the potential child protection risks COVID-19 can pose to children. Part 2 presents programmatic options in line with the 2019 'Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action' and the 'Guidance Note: Protection of Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.'

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Safeguarding adults and COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE discusses the importance of safeguarding adults with care and support needs during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19: advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and young people

Emerging Minds

Brings together evidence-based advice for those supporting children and young people with worries about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It provides information on how to talk to children and young people about their worries and what to do when children have more serious worries or anxieties. Links to relevant resources are included throughout. The briefing has been produced by University of Reading's AnDY Research Group and University of Oxford's TOPIC Research Group.

Last updated on hub: 30 March 2020