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BASW Cymru Care Home Visit Briefing for MSs (November 2020)

The British Association of Social Workers Cymru (BASW Cymru) believe that social workers are integral to ensuring the wellbeing of care home residents and should be treated as professional visitors with physical access to patients to carry out our statutory and non-statutory duties. Without access to care and health settings, social workers are struggling to carry out mental capacity assessments or weigh in the balance what is in a person’s best interests, necessary and proportionate and the least restrictive option. There is a heavy reliance on third party or incomplete information to inform professional judgements which raises ethical dilemmas and challenges.

BASW Cymru also fully support the statement made by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, the National Care Forum and AGE UK about the vital role that visiting can play in improving the individual social/emotional health of resident. The failure to define the important therapeutic impact that visiting can have diminishes the impact that visiting, or the suspension of visiting, may have upon individuals and families.