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08 Apr 2020

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New resource to support social workers during COVID-19

We’ve produced a new online resource to support social workers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be particularly useful for social workers returning to frontline services, those joining the temporary social worker register and others redeployed to a different role than usual.

We produced the Guidance to help social workers respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus) resource in partnership with the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser in Scottish Government, Social Work Scotland, Scottish Association of Social Work and other key stakeholders.

Welcoming the new resource SSSC Director of Development and Innovation, Phillip Gillespie said, ‘Social workers in Scotland play a critical role in the assessment of need, care planning and put in place measures to support and protect the most vulnerable individuals in our society and their families.  

‘To support workforce planning and capacity during the COVID-19 emergency we’ve set up a temporary register for returning social workers and final year students and written to social workers not currently in a frontline role inviting them to be redeployed.

‘To help them this resource sets out the key areas of practice guidance and legislative duties and powers for social workers across children and families, adult care and justice services as well as COVID-19 related advice and guidance.

‘It’s just one part of a wide range of activities and changes we’re making at the SSSC to support the sector through this very challenging time.’

The resource Guidance to help social workers respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus) draws together a wide range of national legislation, guidance and COVID-19 specific guidance in one easy to use place. We’ll keep it updated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find more information about how we're supporting the sector on our COVID-19 page.

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council