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Social Services: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL8090, tabled on 14 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide social care professionals with legal training and information on COVID-19 emergency measures.

Answered on

7 October 2020

It is the responsibility of local authorities and employers to provide legal training for their staff, if required.

The Department has produced guidance on legal developments resulting from COVID-19 emergency measures, including guidance on the Care Act 2014 easements. This sets out how local authorities can utilise these easements whilst continuing to provide the best possible standards of care, maintaining due regard for the Human Rights Act 1998. The COVID-19 Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care also sets out eight ethical principles that should be considered when local authorities and social care professionals are planning their response to COVID-19.