Social Care Providers are playing a critical role in protecting and caring for the most at-risk citizens in our communities. These are challenging times and the leadership of social care in Wales really appreciates everything you are doing to keep people safe.

This document should be read in conjunction with the most recent advice from Public Health Wales (PHW) and Welsh Government.

The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.





Care Home Cymru

Care Home Cwtch: How is the Covid-19 testing process going in your home?


The next Care Home Digital Cwtch session will take place on Wednesday, 5 August and will explore the topic of how the Covid-19 testing process is going in your home. If you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to register before the session using this link:


Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with the link you’ll need to join the meeting. We look forward to seeing you.




Gofal Cymdeithasol Cymru

Time for you


‘Time for you’ is new peer support network for managers of domiciliary care services in Wales. 

The network will meet for one hour, every fortnight on Zoom for 12 weeks. Meet ups will have an independent host and you’ll join smaller ‘breakout’ groups to share experiences, discuss any issues you may want advice on, and share tips and ideas. These groups will remain the same over the 12 weeks.

This network is aimed at those with a level 4 or 5 qualification running a domiciliary care service or who have responsibility for managing staff or teams. Get in touch if you’re not sure if this is for you.


The first meet up will be on Thursday, 3 September at 11.30am. To book your place or to find out more, email



WeCare Wales jobs portal


Social care employers: we want to help address the staff shortages you might be facing right now. To help you find the right people to fill your vacancies and support your business, we’ve created a jobs portal that will list current social care jobs in Wales.


Post your job vacancies on Twitter and include the following details:

  • job title
  • local authority (if the role covers more than one authority, include them all)
  • brief description of the role

hashtag: #WeCareWalesJobs (you must include this).





Welsh Government

COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool: social care and health care posters

Posters to explain the risk assessment tool for workplaces are now available. Please print and display to explain the tool to all staff.

Link to social care Poster


Link to healthcare Poster


Updated Welsh Government Operational Guidance for Children’s Social Care

COVID 19 (July 2020)


  • Updated Welsh Government Operational guidance on the delivery of Children’s Social Care for local authorities and partners involved in safeguarding children was re-published on 28 July.
  • This guidance helps local authorities and partners continue to provide effective support to vulnerable, at risk and care experienced children, whilst maintaining their statutory duties during the coronavirus duties.
  • Our third revision to the guidance sets out the measures that should be put in place to help support a gradual return to routine service delivery, including contact arrangements between services, children and their families. 

Link to guidance

Guidance on testing and contact tracing in childcare settings


Information on the antigen (swab) and antibody (blood) tests and contact tracing.

Link to guidance

Technical Advisory Group: consensus statement on post-mortem testing

Information about the viability of testing for infection with SARS-CoV-2 after the death of the individual to be tested.

Link to statement


Measures to Manage COVID-19



An assessment of how our measures to manage COVID-19 affect equality of opportunity (16 July review).

Link to reviews


Finance Minister responds to UK Government funding announcement




Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has described Friday’s meeting with the Treasury as a “missed opportunity” for the UK Government to provide Wales with greater flexibilities to meet the financial pressures associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Link to response

CMO advice on review of lockdown arrangements


Advice presented to First Minister on review of lockdown arrangements.

Link to advice

Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further in Wales


Cinemas, museums and beauty salons can reopen from Monday, as Wales’ coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced today (24 July)

Link to announcement


Link to amendment


Link to amendment


The Adoption and Fostering (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

The consultation associated with The Adoption and Fostering (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 was published on 27th July 2020 and will end at 12am on 24th August 2020


Any comments or questions on these proposals can be forwarded to the following mailbox:

Link to regulations




Workplace guidance for employers and employees: COVID19

Guidance for employers and employees to keep safe in the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Link to guidance


Coronavirus Regulations: Update on Face Coverings


The Coronavirus Regulations have been updated to include advice on face coverings.

Link to regulations guidance


Apply for a Test


Get tested to find out if you have coronavirus.

Link to apply

Technical Advisory Cell: summary of advice 24 July 2020

Summary of COVID-19 advice provided to Welsh Ministers on 24 July 2020.

Link to advice


Regional Testing Facilities


Wales’ testing capacity is supported by an extensive network of facilities across the country.

Link to guidance


Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)

The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you do not need to pay back.

Link to guidance


  • Author: ADSS Cymru
  • Date: 29/07/2020