Coronavirus briefing: guidance for social workers

Publication date 2021
Social worker visits during coronavirus

Social workers have an important role to play in protecting children from abuse and neglect, especially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as many children are spending less time in school and more time at home.

This briefing summarises guidance from across the UK on how social workers and local authorities should work during the pandemic to ensure that children are protected.

It answers questions including:

  • how does the Coronavirus Act 2020 affect local authorities’ responsibilities?
  • how will the child protection system work during the pandemic?
  • what is temporary registration and how does it work?
  • can social workers continue to visit children and families?
  • how should support be prioritised?
  • do case reviews still need to be carried out?

This briefing was updated on Friday 15th January 2021. We’ll be updating this briefing regularly. Sign up to CASPAR to keep up-to-date.

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