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BASW and SWU Health and Safety during Covid-19: Position Statement

Developed by the Social Workers Union and BASW UK. Updated July 2021

The position statement is for members of SWU and BASW and is useful for all social workers.

The position statement can be used to:

  • Guide and inform your practice
  • Request appropriate support from your employer, trade union and professional body
  • Foster peer support in teams and multiagency collaboration

Understanding of health and safety through this pandemic continues to develop. This advice has been updated (July 2021) and will continue to be updated as more information becomes available and as governmental advice and policies change.

Practitioners should continue to check and must follow public health guidance at This includes the latest information about self-isolating, shielding and what to do if you have symptoms.

Practitioners should also be aware of the latest information from the regulator and their employer.


Current version (V3) updated 31 July 2021

First published 02 April 2020

Previously updated (V2) Nov 2020