The vast majority of social workers in England believe coronavirus has diminished the capability of their service, and that people they support have been adversely affected, Community Care research has found.
Over three-quarters (77%) of respondents to a survey we conducted in early May indicated that restrictions necessitated by the outbreak had significantly hit the ability of their service to carry out its role. Meanwhile, nearly 90% said they felt the pandemic, or restrictions associated with it, had negatively affected service users.
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