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Guides on ethics, risk assessments and virtual meetings

Coming together with the PSW Networks to provide leadership and guidance for social workers during COVID-19

Guides on ethics, risk assessments and virtual meetings

5/7/2020 1:30:00 PM

As a result of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and extended social restrictions, we are beginning to see the benefits in tackling the pandemic. These gains have seen us move through an intense and protracted health crisis and into a phase where we can begin to carefully reconnect with people. While there is cause for cautious optimism, we are yet to understand the long-term impact of the pandemic on people’s lives, access to services, and on social work.

For professionals dedicated to people and relationships, COVID-19 has challenged the way social workers provide vital support, in many cases to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Social workers have considered entirely new dilemmas, balanced the importance of social distancing measures with the very real need to reach out to people, to visit at-risk children, adults and families, and protect themselves and their own families.

We have seen incredible resourcefulness across the profession and the commitment to ethical practice while exploring new and creative ways of working is a source of pride for us all. We recognise that repeated lockdown measures and extended social restrictions have meant for difficult and confusing times for social workers. This isn’t helped by the volume of guidance material that emerges in a crisis and we know it can feel overwhelming. That’s why we decided to come together with sector leaders.

We understand that social workers are looking for clear, unified guidance. So we have come together with practice leaders so that social workers feel supported in considering and making changes to their practice. We established joint-working groups to discuss the areas of practice most impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The groups have seen incredible uptake from PSWs, practitioners and their teams to inform and advise this work.

From our meetings to date, we’ve explored the ethics of different ways of working and shared real innovation in practice. We’ve continued to collaborate over the course of the past year to consider the latest developments in the pandemic and in social work practice. Our most recent statement on wellbeing responds to the recent LGA social worker health check and our own ongoing engagement with the sector around the wellbeing of social workers in their roles.

Our best practice guides and statements:

Last updated: 20 May 2021

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