Recent updates:

 

BASW Cymru are engaging BASW members direct through forums for social workers to network and influence BASW’s priorities.  These will be a rolling programme of events throughout the pandemic.

BASW Cymru continue to press Welsh Government and Social Care Wales for statutory guidance for social workers to understand their responsibilities under the CoronaVirus Act 2020 and for PPE.

Useful resources 

Coronavirus Act 2020

  • Application to the Social Services Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.  Published 02 April 2020.
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 is now law in Wales.  BASW Cymru urges Welsh Government to make available the guidance that social workers need to fulfil their statutory functions, including information on how they receive training in understanding the changes.  Published 02 April 2020.

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC).  Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.Published 10 January 2020

Public Health Wales

ADSS Cymru

The Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has set up a Coronavirus webpage which has links to the latest advice, ministerial statements and announcements.

First Minister Mark Drakeford and NHS Wales are appealing to the Welsh public to download a new COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales.

Social Care Wales

Social Care Wales are arranging for the temporary registration of social workers who were previously registered as a response to the increased need for social workers during the pandemic. Here is the information you need to register temporarily as a social worker with them.

Social Care Wales have issued registration cards for social care workers from the 15 April 2020. This is a card that identifies social care workers and confirms they are key workers in fighting the current pandemic.

Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales will be providing a daily statement at 12 noon on the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

They've also provided useful guides on self-isolationsocial distancing and a Coronavirus resources page which is full of useful information and social media videos.

The UK Government

There has been a welcome significant change in the guidance given in relation to people who have a learning disability or autism. It says “If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional”

NHS Direct Wales

NHS Direct Wales have launched an online symptom checker.