The latest Public Health Agency (PHA) advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 is available here.

 

On 11 March BASW NI Chair, Orlaith McGibbon, wrote to key social work leaders in NI highlighting the urgent need for tailored guidance for social workers to minimise the risk posed by COVID-19 to social workers & service users. 

 

Read BASW NI Chair, Orlaith McGibbon's message to members issued on 20 March. 

 

Click here for BASW NI's response to the Department of Health consultation on emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to modify the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 and the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

 

The Committee on the Administration of Justice has published a paper examining the emergency legislation introduced in Northern Ireland in relation to COVID-19. It assesses the emergency measures recognising that we are in extraordinary times where specific targeted actions are required, but where the is still a need for vigilance against excessive powers that may make the situation worse.

 

The Chief Social Work Officer has written to recently retired social workers in NI asking them to consider returning to social work practice in light of the aditional demands the COVID-19 outbreak will place on the social work profession.

 

BASW NI is producing a series of brief videos to keep members up to date with our work representing social workers' interests in the content of the COVID-19 update.