Care Providers give critical support to the most at-risk citizens in our communities, and the leadership of social care in Wales is proud for your continued commitment and hard work.

This information bulletin 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.





Social Care Wales

2020 Accolades


The 2020 Accolades awards ceremony will take place virtually between midday and 1pm next Tuesday, 10 November. The awards recognise, celebrate and share excellent social care and early years practice in Wales. The one hour-long programme, which will be hosted by television and radio presenter Garry Owen and our Chief Executive Sue Evans, will be broadcast live over YouTube.


You can find out who the 19 inspirational finalists are on our website at:


The programme will also be live translated into British Sign Language (BSL) by Hannah Wilson and Stephen Brattan-Wilson. You can view the live BSL translation at:

Join us for the virtual programme at:




Have your say on what we think are the priorities for the next five years


We recognise that social care and early years in Wales will need to be very different in five years’ time to respond to changing demographic, economic and social needs, and we think that means that we, as an organisation, need to be very different, too.


We want to hear your honest feedback about our proposed priorities so that we can be sure our five-year plan will meet the changing needs of the sectors and support the workforce, employers and leaders in the months and years ahead.


You have until Friday, 13 November to have your say.

Public Health Wales

Update to Rapid COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

The Rapid COVID-19 surveillance dashboard has been updated. Public Health Wales have added a new map displaying cases split by location.!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary


How are you doing? campaign

The Public Health Wales ‘How are you doing?’ campaign offers advice and support on looking after ourselves by staying physically healthy, keeping connected and thinking and coping differently. It offers information on the best organisations to help depending on your personal situation.

C.A.L.L. Mental Health Helpline for Wales

C.A.L.L. Mental Health Helpline for Wales

Community advice and listening line offering emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales.


Welsh Government

COVID-19 statutory sick pay enhancement scheme


  • The scheme is operational from 1 November.
  • Care workers will receive full pay when they would otherwise reduce to SSP, or no income at all, due to actual or suspected COVID-19 or to self-isolate.
  • The scheme is managed by local authorities and applies to staff in adult and children’s care homes, domiciliary care and Personal Assistants.
  • Agency, pool and contracted staff are eligible.

£12.5m to support vulnerable families and children during pandemic


A £12.5m package of funding to support vulnerable children and families has today been announced by Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services.


Guidance on extended households: coronavirus


Rules that will apply to being in an extended household and advice about how to form one.


Guidance on funerals: COVID-19


Guidance on holding and attending funerals during the coronavirus pandemic.


Nightingale Hospitals


Information on the Nightingale Hospitals.


Food boxes


Information relating to the food boxes delivered to those that were shielding during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) related statistics and research


Latest data and analysis on the effect of coronavirus on society in Wales.

Written Statement from Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister

Written Statement: New national Covid measures for Wales


New national Covid measures for Wales: First Minister says people not rules are key to our response


People and not rules are at the heart of Wales’ response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said today as he sets out the new post-firebreak measures in Wales.


Coronavirus Act 2020 and social care in Wales


This consultation ended 2 November 2020.


The responses to this consultation are currently being reviewed. Details of the outcome will be published in due course.


Changes to school session times: coronavirus


Advice for schools and local authorities on changing school session times for the autumn term 2020.


Get financial help to pay your bills during the coronavirus pandemic


Financial support to help pay your rent, mortgage or bills if you are currently working, self-employed, ill and cannot work, been made redundant or on furlough.


Financial help to keep your employees (furloughed workers)


The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme helps employers with a PAYE scheme cover staff costs.


Employers may be able to get help if they’re unable to operate or employees have no work because of coronavirus.


They can keep employees on the pay roll who have been asked to stop working, this is known as being ‘on furlough’.


Employees could get paid 80% of wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.


Covid-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool – social care implementation provider questionnaire


The Social Care Implementation Group brings together stakeholders who are promoting the use of the Covid-19 Workforce Risk assessment across providers in the sector.


A short, on-line questionnaire seeking to gather data about the use of the tool and the impact on workers who have previously shielded  is available until 21 November.


We are encouraging all providers to complete the questionnaire.


Questionnaire can be accessed:



Guidance and FAQs about the Risk Assessment Tool:


  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 04/11/2020