Child Protection During COVID 19

Learning from lockdown: Social work and child protection during COVID-19 - Webinar

Date: 10:00 - 12:00 Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Learning from lockdown: Social work and child protection during COVID-19 - Webinar



10:00 - 12:00 Wednesday, 4 November 2020

This webinar will be delivered using Livestorm.

The COVID-19 crisis is presenting governments, social work leaders, managers and child protection practitioners with unique challenges. This webinar will draw on research that has been studying how social work and social care practices that have relied on achieving closeness to keep children safe and help families have been managing social distancing and other challenges at a time of increased stress and risks of harm within families.

This webinar will share emerging findings about how COVID-19, lockdown and the ebbing and flowing of restrictions has disrupted child protection work. We will consider how the risk of infection and constraints of social distancing have introduced new barriers to safe and effective practice. We will also share learning from lockdown about what can best be achieved when significant local and national restrictions are re-introduced. This will include emerging findings about how these challenges have led children’s social care practitioners to improvise in creative ways, integrating a variety of modes of in-person and digital communication and ways of relating that have been helpful to children and families.

Join us as we consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child protection. By reflecting on the lessons of the recent past, we hope to help ensure the best possible response to an uncertain future.

Professor Harry Ferguson (University of Birmingham), Professor Sarah Pink (Monash University) and Dr Laura Kelly (University of Birmingham).

About the research

The research is being done in four (anonymous) local authorities in England. It began early on in the period of national lockdown and has been following the experiences of a sample of social workers, family support workers and managers, and families they are working with, ever since. This is producing unique longitudinal data on the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable families, services and practitioners.

The research is funded for 15 months by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UK Research and Innovation call for studies that can contribute to understanding and alleviating the social impact of the pandemic.

Please note adding this event to your calendar does not confirm your place at this event. Details of how to access the webinar will be sent a week before only to those with a confirmed place.

A recording of this webinar will be available to view on our Recorded webinars page here shortly after the live event has taken place.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Child and family assessment | Analysis, decision-making, planning and review | Developing excellent practitioners | Shaping and influencing the practice system | Confident analysis and decision-making | Purposeful and effective social work | Creating a context for excellent practice | Designing a system to support effective practice | Developing excellent practitioners | Support effective decision-making

PCF - Knowledge | Critical reflection and analysis | Intervention and skills