Gaps in infection prevention and PPE advice and requirements for social workers
Open letter to the Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care
Gerry Nosowska BASW Chair and Dr Ruth Allen, BASW CEO have issued an open letter to the Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care BASW to raise significant gaps in Public Health guidance for social workers during the Covid-19 crisis in relation to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The recent PHE guidance (below) is not specific to social workers and does not take account of many of their usual ‘community care’ settings:
- COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC). Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.Published 10 January 2020 and updated 5 April 2020.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services. Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children. Published 3 April 2020