Free Peer Support Service for Social Workers 

The Social Work Professional Support Service offers peer to peer support for social workers across Scotland to talk through issues and develop their career, by working with a trained coach. Get in touch here to access the service. You can then choose a coach that best suits your needs and set up a session at a time that is convenient for you. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – exemption of fully vaccinated social care staff from isolation: information for providers

Information about the removal of the need for fully vaccinated social care staff to self isolate in exceptional circumstances.

Guidance for independent health and social care workforce frontline workers on vaccination access. 

Guidance for bank, agency and locum staff (used in NHS, Social Care, Care Homes) and Health adn Social Care Students on Placements on the vaccination programme. 

Guidance to support social workers respond to Covid-19, SSSC. 

Please use alongside local policies and procedures which are the main source of information for your role and setting.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): looked after children and young people 

Guidance for managers, social workers and social care providers arranging contact between looked after and accommodated children and young people and their families in both local authority premises, community settings and in some circumstances, a private dwelling.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential childcare 

Guidance for residential children’s houses, residential schools, secure care, and residential respite/short break facilities on staffing, social distancing and self-isolation

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safe and ethical social work practice 

Guidance for social workers on home visits and direct contact interviews with service users.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care home visitor testing guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult care home lateral flow testing guidance which forms part of the Test and Protect Pathways Programme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested in Scotland 

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccination guidance for health and social care professionals 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccinations for health and social care professionals.

Adult social care winter preparedness 

The Scottish Government has published the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan 2020-21. The plan sets out the measures already in place that must be retained and those that need to be introduced across the adult social care sector over winter 2020-21.

Update for justice social work services 

On 23 October 2020, the Scottish Government published a new Strategic Framework, setting out levels of intervention to be adopted in the future – either locally, or across Scotland – depending on continued monitoring of COVID-19 data. This came into effect on 02 November 2020.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has set up a helpline to deal with social care supplies during COVID-19

At the moment, the helpline is to be used only in cases where there is an urgent supply shortage and a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This will be reviewed regularly in the coming days and weeks. Care service providers can reach the NHS NSS triage centre by calling 0300 303 3020.

Scottish Government PPE Action Plan

Find out about the Scottish Government's PPE Action Plan. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding guidance for local authorities and local resilience partnerships 

Guidance for local authorities and resilience partnerships on delivering support services for those who are clinically at the highest risk from COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on self directed support

Joint Scottish Government and CoSLA guidance on self-directed support options 1 and 2 for local authority and Health and Social Care Partnership staff for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on domestic abuse 

Guidance on domestic abuse to support the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 and Scottish Government guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safe and ethical social work practice

The Scottish Government have published guidance for social workers across all specialisms on home visits and direct contact interviews with service users during COVID-19. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): clinical and practice guidance for adult care homes 

National clinical and practice guidance (updated 15 May 2020) to support those working in adult care homes in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Prioritisation matrix for key workers to be tested 

Prioritisation matrix for key workers to be tested during lockdown phase of COVID-19 response.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult support and protection guidance 

Additional national adult support and protection guidance for chief officers and adult protection committees relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): unpaid carers providing personal care

Using PPE to help prevent the spread of the virus for people who visit or live with a friend/family and provide help with washing or dressing.

Guidance on changes to social care assessments

Statutory guidance for local authorities on sections 16 and 17 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adults with incapacity guidance 

Advice on temporary changes to adults with incapacity guidance. 

Seasonal Flu Immunisation - Stakeholder and and Partner Toolkit 

With covid-19 around, its more important than ever to get the free flu vaccine. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Local Advice and Measures 

Travel advice and guidance relating to local outbreaks or clusters of coronavirus cases, including Aberdeen City.

Connections for Wellbeing and Contact Framework

Social Work Scotland, in collaboration with SASW, Children's Hearings Scotland, CELCIS and others, produced this framework for decision-makers to ensure children in public care maintain connection with family during COVID-19.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) COVID-19 Guidance 

The Scottish Intercolleagiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has been publishing and hosting important national clinical guidance on COVID-19 for health and care practitioners in Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government and other stakeholders. 

Support from Iriss during COVID-19

Iriss are offering responsive technical help to those working in social services during the pandemic, as well as publishing support, to help people as they adapt to making greater use of technology at this unprecedented time. 

National Wellbeing Hub for people working in Health and Social Care

The Hub is a partnership between national, local and professional bodies with a shared passion for looking after the emotional and psychological wellbeing of our country’s health and social services workers.

Guidance to help social workers respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The SSSC have produced an information hub to support social workers across all specialisms during COVID-19. 

Support for families in the Perinatal Period in the context of COVID-19

A list of helpul resources for social workers working in the field of perinatal mental health during COVID-19. 

Help for Key Workers Scotland

The SASW team are developing a list of businesses and organisations offering discounted services and offers to key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National and International Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources from Iriss

This page provides Scottish, UK-wide and international resources that will support social services practitioners and employers. These resources includes guides and articles to keep you informed and help you manage through the Coronavirus crisis. 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Point for Children's Care and Protection 

CELCIS have published important guidance, information and resources for children in need of care and protection, their families, and those supporting them. 

SASW briefing to MSPs on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

Read the briefing we sent to MSPs outlining our key concerns in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill. 

Letter from Scottish Government on Supplementary National Childcare Guidance 

Read the letter to key professional groups from John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Adviser, Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer and Fiona McQueen Chief Nursing Officer. 

Letter from Scottish Government on social care key workers 

Read the letter to Local Authority Chief Executives, IJB Chief Officers, IJB Finance Officers and Chief Social Work Officers from the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP and Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA Health & Sport Spokesperson. 

SASW pens open letter to Scottish Government (dated 30th March 2020)

Read the open letter SASW has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, MSP and the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, MSP seeking clarity and support on 5 key areas for social workers during the coronavirus crisis. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 SASW Update (dated 25th March 2020)

An update on the latest activity the team in Scotland have been doing behind the scenes on behalf of members during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. 

SASW statement on the Coronavirus bill 

Read the press comment from SASW National Director, Alistair Brown in response to the Coronavirus Bill. 

COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings (udpated 16th March 2020)

This guidance is to give advice about COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus 2019) for those working in social or community care and residential settings.

Coronavirus COVID-19 SASW Update (dated 13th March 2020)

The response to the Covid-19 outbreak continues to move at pace. The COBRA 4 Nations meeting agreed to move from the Contain Phase to the Delay Phase, with a view to delaying the peak by a few weeks and reducing the severity of the peak by stretching it out over a longer period of time.