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Carers Week 2020 research report: the rise in the number of unpaid carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Carers UK

This research, based on polling carried out with YouGov, estimates the number of carers in the UK and looks at the challenges they face. It also looks at public awareness of unpaid caring, whether the public thought unpaid carers were valued and whether the Government had provided sufficient support. The report estimates that 26 percent of the UK adult population is providing unpaid care to a relative or friend. This includes an estimated 4.5 million people who have started unpaid caring since the coronavirus outbreak began. The top three most frequently chosen challenges by all unpaid carers were: managing the stress and responsibility; the negative impacts on their physical and mental health; and not being able to take time away from caring. The research also shows that the public would like to see increased support for unpaid carers, with 75 percent agreeing ‘the Government should do more’. It concludes with a summary of recommendations to increase support and recognition for unpaid carers. The report also includes separate summaries of the findings for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The research is based on polling of 4,557 people over the age of 18 living in the UK and was published for Carers Week 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Hidden in plain sight. Gangs and exploitation: a youth work response to COVID-19

National Youth Agency

This report looks the vulnerabilities of young people to street gangs and organised crime gangs linked to child criminal exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It considers the key issues and trends through lockdown, and shows how gangs have adapted their patterns of behaviour, changing locations and grooming new recruits. The report draws on data from the Children's Commissioner for England, previous research from the National Youth Agency and insights from youth work practitioners. It highlights the importance of youth services for safeguarding young people at risk and makes recommendations for Government.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund ring-fenced grant 2020: local authority circular

Department of Health and Social Care

Government circular outlining the Adult social care infection control fund, which aims to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience. A small percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and support wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. The document is accompanied by five annexes which set out the conditions upon which the grant is paid and the local authorities to whom it will be paid. [First published 9 June 2020. Last updated: 21 September 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

'We're here to protect and empower people with the odds stacked against them. Over video, it's hard'

Community Care

An adults' learning disabilities social worker, a child exploitation specialist and a children with disabilities team manager share their perspectives on social work during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Social work under coronavirus: children’s practitioners report bigger problems than adults’ colleagues

Community Care

The results from a survey carried out by Community Care about practice in England during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey was completed by almost 500 people working in adults’, children’s and mental health services, 92 percent of them qualified social workers. An analysis of responses found considerable disparities between adults’ and children’s practitioners across the measures such as: satisfaction with their employer, access to personal protective equipment and whether they had faced practice situations that made them anxious. Adults' services staff were happier with access to personal protective equipment and less likely to report increases in workload during pandemic than children's practitioners.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Most social workers say Covid-19 has negatively hit their work and the lives of those they support

Community Care

The results of a survey about practice in England during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey, carried out by Community Care, was completed by nearly 500 people working in adults’, children’s and mental health services, 92 percent of them qualified social workers. The survey found that more than half of practitioners have had to carry out duties that caused them anxiety because of infection risk, though three-quarters approve of their employer's response to the crisis.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Community, work, and family in times of COVID-19

Community Work and Family

This article, by the Editorial Board of Community, Work and Family, raises a collective voice about the significant potential for increased inequality due to the Cornavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Editorial suggests that in all likelihood, COVID-19 will exacerbate existing inequalities, both in its immediate consequences resulting from the drastic measures taken to contain its spread, as well as its potential long-term consequences. These inequalities may take many forms. The article highlights a number of them here as they relate to this journal’s focus on community, work, and family.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Carers UK

Carers UK hub of resources aimed at carers and those they care for during the Coronavirus pandemic. Includes links to: guidance, Frequently asked questions (FAQs), further support, protecting your mental wellbeing, A-Z of changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19, protecting who you care for, making a plan working and caring, staying safe - FAQs, managing food and medication and keeping active and well.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Public Health England

Advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results relating to COVID-19 . It includes: advice on staff with symptoms of COVID-19, staff return to work criteria, patient exposures in hospital, and resident exposures in care settings. Updates include flowcharts with information on self isolation for staff identified as contacts via the test and trace system; and additional guidance on clinical symptoms.. The guidance was written primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 04/04/2929. Last updated 10 June 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus information for children and young people

Health Education England

Health Education England's Library and Knowledge Services team identified that it is difficult to find information about COVID-19 in accessible formats and for specific patient groups. This webpage provides links to resources suitable for children and young people. for example, 'Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus' book; What parents need to know about Coronavirus'; and Monkey Wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020