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.
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:
- The Coronavirus Bill: The Response from BASW. BASW'’s initials calls are set out - more to follow (20th March 2020)
- Coronavirus bill: what it will do. Measures contained in the fast-tracked coronavirus legislation and why they are needed to effectively manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK.
Guidance from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Published 22 March 2020
COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people. Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people. (PHE updated 23 March)
COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care. A framework to support the planning and organisation of adult social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19. This guidance may be reviewed and updated as the outbreak develops and subsequent guidance may be issued to support its application. Published 19 March 2020
- COVID-19: guidance for social or community care and residential settings is available here. Guidance for social or community care and residential settings in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for health professionals and other organisations
- COVID-19: stay at home guidance
- Guidance for employers and businesses
- Read commonly asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) on Public Health England’s blog.
Social Work England
See all the latest updates from Social Work England here. Updates include:
- Social Work England issue advice on student placements. An update from the regulator with three pieces of advice for eductaion providers and trainers, such as being flexible on placements and required practice days, and also the possibility of postponing any placements due to begin in April. Published 19 March 2020
- Temporary registration of social workers. Social Work England, the specialist regulator for social workers in England, has issued an urgent appeal for people to re-join the profession. Issued 20th March 2020
- Maintaining vital support for people during uncertain times. An update from Social Work England chief executive Colum Conway (18th March 2020)
- Social Work England provides an update for social workers following 16th March announcements by the Government. The regulator encourages employers to support and prioritise mental health and wellbeing of social workers in these difficult times
- Social Work England has shared the following advice along with a joint statement from chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals on 3rd March 2020
Department for Education
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.
- COVID-19 updates for social work, Skills for Care.
- COVID 19 - National guidance for family court 19th March 2020
- National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) - Input into Covid-19 Contingency Planning. Key issues that have been identified by the membership of National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) to contribute towards planning for a significant outbreak of the COVID – 19 virus. It highlights key considerations, as well as makes recommendations to support parents and carers who are caring for children, young people and adults with disabilities.
- ACAS is sharing good practice and advice for employers here and have a helpline for advice: 0300 123 1100
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
Health Protection Scotland has issued COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Non Healthcare Settings