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.

 

Guidance from ADCS 

ADCS has a dedicated page to Coronavirus and various resources for social workers to keep up-to-date with.

 

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.

 

Guidance from BASW

This briefing focuses solely on those aspects of the legislation that will have an impact on social work practice.

 

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.

 

Public Law Working Group Recommendations to achieve best practice in the child protection and family justice systems: Special guardianship orders | June 2020

Message from the President of the Family Division

 

Resources from NIROMP

 

 

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:

 

Policy and Legislation

Coronavirus Act 2020

The Act amends the Care Act 2014, and parts of the Mental Health Act 1983

Note: These changes will only last the duration of the emergency. Local authorities will still be expected to do as much as they can to comply with their duties to meet needs during this period, and these amendments do not remove the duty of care they have towards an individual’s risk of serious neglect or harm.

 

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Act amends 10 sets of Regulations relating to children’s social care to support services manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The amendments to timings comes into force on 1 May 2020 and will run until 25 September 2020.

 

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus

Guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

A full list of resources can be found here courtesy of tri.x