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COVID-19 Guidance

We will aim to keep this page updated with the latest advice.

Information on this page aims provide a hub of information to support social workers with advice and guidance which has been issued by Government, regulators and health professionals.

Dont forget: Find out how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help on the NHS website

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on 12th March 2020, the latest Government advice is here and includes:

Coronavirus Bill 

Guidance from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

Visit the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England for latest updates.  Key updates include:

DHSC has also published a new data visualisation tool accessible here.

Social Work England

See all the latest updates from Social Work England here.  Updates include:

Department for Education

The Department for Education is already in extensive discussion with sector leaders including BASW England as set out by Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for England (Children and Families)

See all the latest updates from DfE here.  Updates include:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people.  Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people. (22nd March 2020).  Find out more.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings.  Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes (22nd March 2020). Find out more
  • Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers.  Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). (20 Mrach 2020) Find out more.
  • COVID-19: free school meals guidance.  Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (19 March 2020) Find out more.
  • COVID-19: guidance for education settings Updated 16th March 2020
  • The government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18.  This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway. You can find the full education travel guidance here.

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.  If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Useful resources 



The government published its coronavirus action plan on 3 March

On 10 February, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced strengthened legal powers to protect public health.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.

Around the UK

Welsh Government advice can be found here

Public Health Agency (PHA) guidance is available for Northern Ireland here.

Health Protection Scotland has issued COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Non Healthcare Settings


Further information