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Social Care (COVID 19)

Social Care support - How we are assisting vulnerable families

Our social work teams are working hard to ensure we meet our statutory responsibilities and that
we continue to deliver services to the most vulnerable children and young people.

We have advised that social workers prioritise children who are on Child Protection Plans, Looked
after Children  and those in need. This may mean that visits to some children will be less frequent
or managed in a different way, for example via video links. It is essential that we actually
physically meet children where we can. We will manage a rota system for social workers who are
based in the office, with the aim of ensuring that we build resilience into the
workforce.


All child protection conferences will continue to take place, but arrangements have been made
for professionals and family members to join the conference remotely using Google Hangouts
Meet.


All reviews are also taking place, but arrangements have been made for children,
professionals and family members to join the review remotely using Google Hangouts Meet.
 


Urgent and vital LADO ASV (Allegations against Staff and Volunteers) Meetings will continue to
take place. If a meeting is required arrangements have been made for professionals to join the
meeting remotely using Google Hangouts Meet.

Anyone who is making external visits has been asked to observe the screening process:

call ahead prior to any appointments and check the status of the family to see if they are in isolation due to a family
member with symptoms. We ask that families we visit provide access to washing facilities to
prevent the potential spread of the virus and our colleagues will follow the standard hygiene
advice upon entry and exit of the home or setting.