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Resources aimed at Adult and Mental Health practitioners


This quick guide from SCIE is for practitioners working to safeguard adults with care and support needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings.

SCIE has also produced a series of safeguarding adults training webinars throughout May and June. Although most of these are fully booked, this link will allow you to access the recordings of the webinars after the event.

Autism and learning disabilities:

Guidance from SCIE for families and professionals supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Department of Health & Social Care:

COVID-19: Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care, an action plan setting out the DHSC’s approach for all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. 

DHSC Blog – Social work with adults in unfamiliar circumstances

Changes to Legislation:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes to the Care Act 2014 – Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

Useful information from central government:

Government Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments 

Government Press Release – Launch of new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing

Government Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care


A Position Paper from The Lancet – Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science

Information and guidance:

Skills for Care Guidance – From the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – COVID-19 Guidance for the Support and Wellbeing of Adult Social Workers and Social Care Professionals in a Pandemic Crisis

NICE Advice & Guidance List – Access the repository of rapid guidelines and evidence summaries from NICE to support the NHS and social care

CQC Insight Document –  CQC publishes first insight document on COVID-19 pressures.


Safe and fair recruitment guide –  COVID-19 supplement (May 2020) 

DHSC Recruitment Tool –  New tool launched to speed up social care recruitment.


Skills for Care and DHSC – Essential training packages for new, existing and voluntary staff including suggested providers 

Participating in research:

Survey from National Charity: In Control – An Audit of Caregivers Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ireland and the United Kingdom