Virtual home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic: social workers' perspectives

Laura L. Cook, Danny Zschomler

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The home visit is a key aspect of child and family social work. Following the announcement of lockdown in England, all but the most urgent of home visits ‘went virtual’ overnight. During lockdown, we spoke to 31 child and family social workers across nine local authorities in England as they began to undertake virtual home visits. Here, we focus on social workers’ reflections on virtual practice and consider the possibilities, limitations and future implications of virtual home visiting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Early online date28 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • covid-19
  • home visits
  • lockdown
  • practitioner perspectives
  • social work practice

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