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Ruth Allen, BASW joins academics and sector leaders in call for COVID-19 Wellbeing Taskforce   COVID-19 represents a massive threat to health and wellbeing beyond the physical effects of the virus if caught.

Margaret Holloway, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Hull and Editor for the British Journal of Social Work on the call for a Covid 19 wellbeing taskforce   Read more
COVID-19 and its implications for protecting children online   COVID-19 has prompted widespread school closures and physical distancing measures and made online platforms and communities essential to maintaining a sense of normalcy. Children and their families are turning to digital solutions more than ever to support children’s learning, socialisation and play. While digital solutions provide huge opportunities for sustaining and promoting children’s rights, these same tools may also increase children’s exposure to online risks.  UNICEF together with its partners, have published a new technical note which sets out some of the key priorities and recommendations on how to mitigate those risks and promote positive online experiences for children.  Please also listen again to the BASW webinar on social workers digital capabilities, and the role of digital technology in supporting social work practice during the current coronavirus outbreak.   Read the UNICEF technical note
Video message from BASW Advice and Representation service   The BASW Advice and Representation (A&R) service is available to all members for support with work and regulatory matters. Those who subscribe to SWU membership can also access the support of the Union via the A&R team. We have adapted our services to respond to member enquiries throughout the coronavirus pandemic and are here to offer support during Covid-19. Hear from Head of the Advice and Representation Service, Lien Watts, in this short video update.   View the video
Recognition for Social Work is especially meaningful during the COVID-19 pandemic   John McGowan, General Secretary for the Social workers Union (SWU) reflects on how social workers continue to use all their specialist skills, knowledge and intervention methods to support the public and other professionals in this difficult period, whilst continuing to face significant challenges in the workplace.   Read more

Listen again: webinar on social workers digital capabilities   Listen again to our webinar on social workers digital capabilities, and the role of digital technology in supporting social work practice during the current coronavirus outbreak. The webinar includes discussions on how the new practice framework on digital capabilities from BASW and SCIE can support social work practitioners, educators, experts by experience and tech developers.   Find out more
Coming soon …
BASW is continuing to expand our resources and guidance for social workers during the pandemic.  New publications coming soon include Practice guidance on hospital social work with adults which is due Friday and Practice guidance on social work in interdisciplinary teams next week.

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