A local lens on children’s social care: the London Borough of Lewisham’s responses to Covid-19 and its legacy

Sara Taylor, Jill Manthorpe, Mary Baginsky*

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Abstract

This report examines the findings of staff surveys conducted in an inner London local authority children’s social care service during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2022). It is based on analyses of two surveys that were completed by children’s social care staff, mainly social workers. The first survey was sent out during the period of the first UK national lockdown that started in March 2020 when significant changes had been made to working arrangements to enable the local authority to continue its social work services to children and families. The second took place 12 months later when such changes were more familiar but the pandemic was still affecting working lives. The report offers reflections on the learning from the survey responses about working arrangements that were established before and during the pandemic, the adaptations that were made to social work practice, and the possible lasting impacts of these.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, The Policy Institute, King's College London
Number of pages19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2023

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • children’s services
  • workforce
  • risk assessment
  • social work practice

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