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Information for social workers

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice

Last updated on 2 April 2020 1.30pm

Information for social workers

Our regulatory standards are designed to be flexible and to provide a framework for decision-making in a wide range of situations. They support professionals by highlighting the key principles which should be followed, including the need to work cooperatively with colleagues to keep people safe, to practise in line with the best available evidence, to recognise and work within the limits of their competence, and to have appropriate indemnity arrangements relevant to their practice.

We recognise that the individuals on our register may feel anxious about how context is taken into account when concerns are raised about their decisions and actions in very challenging circumstances. Where a concern is raised about a registered professional, it will always be considered on the specific facts of the case, taking into account the factors relevant to the environment in which the professional is working. We would also take account of any relevant information about resource, guidelines or protocols in place at the time.

NHS England: coronavirus guidance for healthcare professionals

How to get involved if you’re not currently practising

We’re getting a lot of enquiries from registered social workers who are not currently practising about how they can help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Social Work Together campaign

The Department for Education, the Department for Health and Social Care, Social Work England and the Local Government Association are delighted to introduce the Social Work Together campaign. Designed to support former social workers return to the frontline to support people in need, this scheme will provide returning social workers with the opportunity to interact with councils that need their skills and expertise. They will also be offered free online resources to support their development.

If you are currently registered and want to help communities through the Covid-19 outbreak, you can express your interest for the scheme.