4 November 2020: Hosted by Research in Practice.
Watch the recording on the Research in Practice website.
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 shared emerging findings about how COVID-19, lockdown and the ebbing and flowing of restrictions has disrupted child protection work. It considered how the risk of infection and constraints of social distancing have introduced new barriers to safe and effective practice. It also shared learning from lockdown about what can best be achieved when significant local and national restrictions are re-introduced. This included 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.
8 December 2020: Research in Practice Leaders Forum
This short presentation considers how practices that have relied on achieving closeness can keep children safe and help families during a period of institutionalised social distancing. It draws on early findings from the Child Protection and Social Distancing research project.
21 January 2021: Hosted by BASW.
The Re-making of Social Work and Child Protection during COVID-19
A recording will soon be made available here.
The webinar shared emerging findings about how COVID-19, lockdowns and the ebbing and flowing of restrictions has not only disrupted child protection work but 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 our data show have been helpful to children and families.
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.