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Government guidance for adult social care, vulnerable children and young people

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education have published guidance relevant to the social work profession.

Government guidance for adult social care, vulnerable children and young people

3/23/2020 5:18:28 PM

I recognise that currently social workers are facing pressure like never before. On top of navigating the personal challenges of the coronavirus epidemic, you have the challenge of helping some of the most vulnerable people in society to cope with it. In addition, your professional norms have been thrown to the wind and you are being expected to work in many new ways.

It’s at times like this that it’s important to remember that our strong social work community is a constant. Nobody in the sector is expected to deal with this unprecedented historical event by themselves. There are endless peer networks, forums, organisations and sources of information and support to help you make difficult decisions. It’s everybody’s responsibility – local authorities, schools, health trusts, the government and us as regulator to help you to keep people safe.

The Department of Health and Social Care has published ‘Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care’ for this very purpose. The framework of ethical considerations talks about ‘a commitment to get through the outbreak together by supporting one another’. The Department for Education has also published guidance on vulnerable children and young people.

Social Work England is working closely with stakeholders to respond to issues as they arise, for example student placements. Everything is moving at a terrific pace, but as we established the regulator in partnership with social workers, education providers and people with lived experience, we already have some invaluable relationships to help us. I am committed to understanding your concerns and answering your queries. Please keep up to date on our coronavirus page and on Twitter @SocialWorkEng.