- See also BASW UK action, and updates for social workers
- The latest social work resources during Covid-19 are available here.
- NHS Wales operating framework for Q1 - written statement
- Wales BAME Covid-19 health advisory group press release
- Message to victims of Domestic Abuse: https://gov.wales/minister-launches-home-shouldnt-be-a-place-of-fear-campaign
- BASW Cymru and SWU open letter to Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services. Call for support for the social work workforce in Wales Published 29 April 2020
- Welsh Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for services for perpetrators of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Ramadan: A letter from the First Minister of Wales (Press release) (23 April)
- Mental Health Act 1983 hospital managers’ discharge powers: coronavirus (Guidance) (22 April) Guidance for local health boards and independent hospitals on discharge powers under the Mental Health Act 1983.
- Services under the Mental Health (Wales) Measure: COVID-19 (Guidance) (21 April) Guidance for local health boards and partners on mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Children’s social services during the COVID-19 pandemic: guidance (21 April)
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.
- 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
PHW has now linked to easy read resources.
- PHW Infection Prevention and control advice (IP&C): PHW Advisory note - Implementation of the IP&C – PPE guidance in Wales; PHW Advisory note - PPE in Housing, health, social care and supporting settings; COVD-19 - How to work safely in care Homes. PHW Primary Care Advice: Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Residential Care Setting in Wales; Residential Settings letter.
The Welsh Government
- See the Welsh Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance here
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for social or community care and residential settings (version 1)
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.
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.