BASW Cymru update (27 March 2020)

  • We have written to Welsh Government, ADSS Cymru and Welsh LGA regarding the urgent need for PPE and testing asking for clarity and assurances they will be made immediately available where social workers have direct contact, to include training and stability of supply.
  • Sought clarification from Social Care Wales on the capacity of the workforce, the inception of a temporary emergency register for returning social workers, the situation regarding student social workers and temporary relaxation of regulatory requirements.
  • Social Care Wales is writing to 1000 former social workers today, who have left in last 3 years, inviting them to return to an emergency register, waiving fee and relaxing usual registration requirements for evidence of continuous professional education and learning.
  • BASW Cymru is supporting work with Social Care Wales to ensure social workers have access to resources to support ethical and safe practice.


Written Statement from Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government - Coronavirus and Local Governemnt 

BASW Cymru statement on Wales student social workers. We are seeking clear guidance for student social workers (25th March 2020)

BASW Cymru writes to Wales First Minister (24th March)

Allison Hulmes, National Director for Wales shares an update (23rd March 2020)

Welsh Government has provided updates and guidance 

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 Welsh Government

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

NHS Direct Wales

NHS Direct Wales have launched an online symptom checker.