The COVID-19 outbreak has had a major impact on daily life across the UK, and this has led to some unique challenges for social workers. Throughout this difficult time, we’ll be keeping CSWM updated with the latest guidance and highlighting useful information to help you to continue to support children and young people.

 

Social Work Together

At present, anyone who has left the social work register since the 18th March 2018 has been invited to return to practice on a temporary basis, to help cope with the increased demand expected during the crisis. Find out more about how the Social Work Together scheme works here.

 

Resources for social workers

Throughout the crisis, we’ll be collecting resources and ideas to help social workers to adapt their practice to the current circumstances.

 

Guidance from the Department of Health & Social Care

The Department of Health & Social Care have shared guidance to support social workers in the current challenging circumstances, focusing on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

 

Guidance from the Department for Education

The Department for Education recently published guidance to support social workers, local authorities and those working to safeguard children to determine how best to support families and protect vulnerable children in the current context.

 

PCFSW Ethical Response and Best Practice Guide for Children & Families Services

The Principle Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network has developed a guide aimed at leading the conversation on how best to ethically practice social work during the COVID-19 crisis. You can read the guide in full here.

 

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

This information resource produced by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England aims to answer children’s frequently asked questions about the virus.

 

Latest advice from Social Work England

Social Work England are providing regular updates on the COVID-19 situation and its implications for social work practice. We’ll be publishing updates as more advice becomes available – but it’s important that you activate your online account with SWE if you have not already done so, to ensure you receive key information. You can look at all of SWE’s guidance in detail on their dedicated page.

 

Health and Wellbeing

Life is difficult for many of us right now – with uncertainty, social distancing and big challenges for our work, health and relationships. Action For Happiness have some great resources to help you stay mentally healthy: