COVID-19 resources

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts under Covid-19: a practice briefing

Centre for Justice Innovation

This briefing examines how the nine existing Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) across England are adapting to service delivery during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FDACs aim to provide a fairer way of running care proceedings for children at risk of significant harm due to parental drug and/ or alcohol misuse. It focuses on five key areas: Hearings, Issuing New Cases, Court Timescales, Direct Work, and Drug Testing. The briefing highlights the practical challenges facing practitioners, judges and families. It also provides examples of some of the solutions that have been developed by FDACs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It concludes that for many parents engaged in FDAC, the social distancing and other pressures of Covid-19 impacts their ability to achieve the changes needed for a successful outcome. Unable to access the full services and support, they are vulnerable to reverting to problematic behaviours.

Last updated on hub: 12 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. [First published 11 May 2020. Last updated 19 May 2021]

Last updated on hub: 12 May 2020

Social care 360

King's Fund

Updated with 2018/19 data, this review of the adult social care outlines the state of the sector before the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic struck. It outlines and analyses 20 key trends in adult social care in England. The review is structured into six sections covering: access to services - who is accessing services and how this has changed over time; expenditure - how much is spent on social care and what's it costing councils; providers - numbers of nursing and residential home places; workforce and carers; quality and satisfaction ratings for adult social care; and how well social care is integrated with other services. It shows that the social care sector had been fragile for several years and that the unprecedented challenges for the sector in responding to Covid-19 started from this unsteady foundation.

Last updated on hub: 11 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

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