COVID-19 resources

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Guidance to help social workers respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Scottish Social Services Council

Each section on this page contains links to national legislation, COVID-19 specific advice and guidance as well as other useful resources. Topics covered include: responding to coronavirus; statutory functions; children and families; adults; and justice.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and adult support and protection: a quick guide

Scottish Social Services Council

This brief guide helps new or redeployed staff quickly understand the following areas: adult support and protection – what is it and who might need protection; harm – what are the signs to look for; and what to do - what workers should do if they identify a concern.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

The safe use of medication during the COVID-19 pandemic

Scottish Social Services Council

A guide for social care workers supporting people at home or in a care home. It offers support, information and resources for social care workers who have the responsibility to carry out one or more of the following types of support: prompt – remind someone to take their medication using their preferred communication method; assist – help someone who manages their own medication with physical tasks like opening bottles, at their request; administer medication – prepare the right medication, at the right time and support a person to take it in the right way in line with their care or support plan and advice from the prescriber or pharmacist.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Working safely during COVID-19

Scottish Social Services Council

This resource provide advice and guidance for social service workers as they deal with the consequences of the pandemic and may need to work differently, for instance providing care and support by phone or through technology rather than face to face visits. The guidance covers both working at home and working in the community and signposts to additional resources.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Person-centred care during the COVID-19 pandemic: what matters to you

Scottish Social Services Council

A brief guide for social service workers supporting people at home or in a care home, to be used alongside local policies and procedures. It provides a summary of what being person-centred can mean in practice, tips on how to strengthen the relationship with those you support through good conversations and how this rights-based approach is supported by the Health and Social Care Standards and the SSSC’s Codes of Practice. There are links to further resources should you wish to follow these up.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

COVID-19 guides for social service workers

Scottish Social Services Council

A suite of accessible, bite-size guides to support social service workers during the pandemic. They are particularly designed to support new or redeployed workers. For those who are experienced in the sector these mobile-friendly, accessible resources will help them refresh their knowledge in light of COVID-19 and share learning with newer colleagues. Themes covered include: person-centred care; working safely; the safe use of medication during the COVID-19 pandemic; coronavirus (COVID-19) and adult support and protection; guidance to help social workers respond to COVID-19; key measures for infection prevention and control; leading in crisis; recognising deterioration and supporting people with acute care needs during COVID-19; support with death, dying and bereavement during COVID-19; Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Tool; workforce support and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic; and working from home.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

COVID-19 infection rises: letter to care providers from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery

Department of Health and Social Care

A letter from Stuart Miller, Director of Adult Social Care Delivery, to care providers to highlight rising infection rates and request action on testing and PPE in all care settings.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Reaching up, down, in, and around: couple and family coping during the corona virus pandemic

Family Process

The worldwide corona virus (COVID‐19) has had profound effects on all aspects of life: physical health, the ability to travel locally or to more distant destinations, material and financial resources, and psychosocial wellbeing. Couples, families, and communities and individual persons in those relationships have struggled to cope with emerging depression, anxiety, and trauma, and the rise of relational conflict. This article, suggests that the existential nature of the pandemic’s challenges require more than just the usual psychosocial interventions. This paper proposes a taxonomy of responses to foster coping and resilience – “Reaching Up, Down, In, and Around”. “Reaching Up” includes accessing spiritual, religious, and ethical values. “Reaching Down” includes ideas and practices that foster a revised relationship with the Earth and its resources, and that engage families to participate in activities that aid the Earth’s recovery from decades of human‐caused damage. “Reaching In” represents a turn towards experiences available in the mind and in shared minds in relationships that provide pleasure, excitement, joy, and peace, given that external sources of these emotions are of limited availability due to quarantine. “Reaching Around” involves reframing the mandate for “social distancing” as fostering social connection and support while maintaining physical distancing. The challenges for family therapists, whose practices are confined largely to online therapy, and who are struggling with the same fears and constraints as those persons they are attempting to help, are also discussed.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Loss and resilience in the time of COVID‐19: meaning making, hope, and transcendence

Family Process

This article addresses the many complex and traumatic losses wrought by the COVID‐19 pandemic. In contrast to individually‐based, symptom‐focused grief work, a resilience‐oriented, systemic approach with complex losses contextualizes the distress and mobilizes relational resources to support positive adaptation. Applying a family resilience framework to pandemic‐related losses, discussion focuses on the importance of shared belief systems in (1) meaning‐making processes; (2) a positive, hopeful outlook and active agency; and (3) transcendent values and spiritual moorings for inspiration, transformation, and positive growth. Practice guidelines are offered to facilitate adaptation and resilience.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Towards resilience: redesigning our systems for a better future

Local Trust

This report considers the role resilience – the ability of a system to withstand disruption and to recover within a reasonable time period – has played during the Covid-19 pandemic and how systems, infrastructure, and way of life can be configured to 'build back better' from the crisis. It identifies five areas of structural weakness that lack resilience and are in need of urgent attention: poorly performing economy; disconnected decision-making; social fragility, including fragility of the social care sector; labour market precarity; and environmental vulnerability. Taking these areas of structural weakness into account, the report suggests how best to conceive an approach to building a resilient Britain, based on five domains: economic resilience – supply chains, food security, energy; public sector resilience – pubic services, government structures; community resilience – community groups, voluntary sector organisations; environmental resilience – climate change prevention and mitigation, environmental regulation; and workforce resilience – skills, precarity, labour market change and conditions.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

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