COVID-19 resources

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Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic: ethical considerations. Rapid policy briefing

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Policy briefing from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics setting out the key ethical considerations relevant to public health measures being introduced to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK. It draws on the findings of a number of in-depth inquiries, including those concerned with public health, solidarity, and research in global health emergencies. Key points in the briefing include: public health measures need to be evidence-based and proportionate; aims of any interventions should be clearly communicated to the public; coercion and intrusion into people's lives should be the minimum possible; and the importance of solidarity at an international level between countries, by businesses in how they exercise their corporate social responsibility, and at the individual level.

Last updated on hub: 02 April 2020

Responsive technical help: digitally supporting users of respite care during COVID-19

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This document signposts to sources of online information and guidance specifically related to COVID-19, to help people access daily living support and respite care provided locally, nationally and globally using websites and other communication tools. There are genuine and growing concerns about service users and carers potentially becoming socially isolated. Households may also be missing more informal respite help normally given by family and friends as well as professional services. With an increased burden of caring and trying to cope with rising expenses during lockdown, carers can feel overwhelmed, exhausted and are at increased risk of burnout. Focusing on digital support for users of respite care, the resource links to practical advice and information, covering : emerging COVID-19 issues; poverty and digital exclusion; virtual respite care (connectivity; training; group activities; personalisation apps; sharing one device with multiple people; parental controls; accessibility; video calls; data usage and mobile data/wi-fi); communication passports; government and official advice; health; and education.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Restructuring paradigm in the wake of COVID-19: a study of Kerala model

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

The novel coronavirus that shook the world population has restructured the world order. While the scientists are grappling hard to find a solution to the imminent problem at hand, the pandemic has thrown the human race into a perplexed stage questioning and mostly changing everything they believed in. The pandemic has replaced human beings as social animal to virtual being. The social distancing mandate required for the survival as propounded by WHO has forced individuals to keep the other humans at bay. The present paper is an attempt to look at the changes the world is facing with respect to the social, cultural, economic, and psychological aspects with a special focus on the internationally acclaimed Kerala model of survival. Kerala, a small state located within the southern peninsula of the country has played an important role in containing the spread of the virus despite its larger population density. The paper focuses on the innovative mechanics followed by the state to curtail the spreading. It also attempts to look at the changes that have been brought in the general human behavior.

Last updated on hub: 07 December 2020

Re-thinking local

Local Government Association

This paper sets out a framework to support a recovery and rebuilding programme following the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the need to address the inequalities the pandemic has exposed; to connect with people’s identities and sense of community; to harness the energy and dynamism which have been the hallmarks of the response to this crisis; and to rebuild the economy so that it benefits everyone. The document sets out a series of offers from local to central Government, alongside a set of asks. It argues that local leaders must be able to bring government departments and agencies together to deliver locally determined and accountable outcomes that go beyond the institutional boundaries, switching focus from process and bidding for grants to one of outcomes and rewards for achieving them. The paper calls on the Government to offer the broadest vision possible in its upcoming English Devolution White Paper and to present a localist spending review with place-based budgets, in tune with the needs of the local economy, communities and the environment. Specific asks on the Government include: to work with all parts of social care, particularly those with lived experience, on a way forward for the long-term future of care based on the lessons from the pandemic on the role and value of social care; to ensure that system-wide plans of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships build on and knit together place-based plans and neighbourhood delivery; and to invest in preventative universal and early help services to ensure that children, young people and families receive the practical, emotional, educational and mental health support they need, as soon as they need it.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Rethinking the transformative role of the social work profession in Albania: some lessons learned from the response to COVID-19

International Social Work

This article provides an overview of the social work response to COVID-19 in Albania. After introducing the country situation, the authors discuss social workers’ engagement in governmental and non-governmental agencies and provide suggestions for advancing the social work profession. The authors call for greater engagement of social workers in political spaces.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Returning to school: children and young people living with chronic illness

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: The reopening of schools during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is full of challenges for families, which are heightened for children and young people (CYP) who live with chronic illnesses. This paper aims to offer a framework to support the successful return of CYP with chronic illnesses to school using appropriate intersectoral strategies. Design/methodology/approach: This paper draws on research data on the impact of school closure on CYP with chronic illness and emerging findings of global research about their lives during the pandemic. It is also informed by the perspectives of practitioners in the field, who are working with these CYP and their families. Findings: A framework based on three different strategies for a successful return is established. A small but significant group of CYP living with conditions such as cancer will not yet return and will need ongoing home education provision. CYP with well-controlled symptoms of chronic illness will benefit from school routines and socialization with peers. CYP with poorly controlled illness will need close supervision and individual plans. All groups will benefit from better intersectoral working across education and health and from recent rapid developments in hybrid learning models and telemedicine. Originality/value: This viewpoint highlights the need for a strategic approach to the return to school of CYP with chronic illness that goes well beyond classifying them as vulnerable students. This group of CYP is already at risk of lower educational attainment, so widening inequalities must be halted. This paper provides a framework for anchoring local intersectoral approaches adapted to the different situations of CYP.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

Review of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic: interim report

Care Quality Commission

This interim report sets out the progress of a review of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and expectations around DNACPR. The revies found that there was confusion and miscommunication about the application of DNACPRs at the start of the pandemic, and a sense of providers being overwhelmed. There is evidence of unacceptable and inappropriate DNACPRs being made at the start of the pandemic. However, there was a quick response from multiple agencies to highlight the issue and since then, there is no evidence to suggest that it has continued as a widespread problem; there are, however, differing views on the extent to which people are now experiencing positive person-centred care and support in relation to this issue. It is possible that in some cases inappropriate DNACPRs remain in place. The CQC expects all care providers to assure themselves that any DNACPR decisions have been made appropriately, in discussion with the person and in line with legal requirements and best practice. It also expects all providers and local systems to ensure that any discussions about DNACPR happen as part of person-centred advance care planning, and in accordance with legal requirements.

Last updated on hub: 20 January 2021

Review of the impact of mass disruption on the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and possible therapeutic interventions

Welsh Government

This rapid evidence assessment explores the available literature on the impact of disasters on the wellbeing and mental health of school aged children and young people (3 to 18 years) and possible therapeutic interventions. The literature review focused on finding out about children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as previous international disasters, in order to understand the current and anticipated impacts of COVID-19. Risk and protective factors for children’s post-disaster mental health were explored for COVID-19 and international disasters that caused mass disruption. International research reveals that the pandemic and isolation through home confinement has changed children’s behaviour. An increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as greater behaviour difficulties and worries, have been found. However, some studies also found positive outcomes such as more prosocial behaviour and reflection. Similarly, UK COVID-19 research has suggested that the pandemic is adversely affecting the mental health of children and young people. Risk factors for greater problems in children included older age, level of exposure, experiencing isolation, parents’ wellbeing and mental health, and children’s pre-existing mental health. Protective factors that can reduce children and young people’s post-disaster mental health have been found to include well-developed cognitive skills and coping strategies. Community solidarity and social support from parents and peers were also found to be protective. Interventions were often whole school approaches to mental health, and were shown to be successful. Other interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were found to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in children and young people.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020



This website is for families or close friends having problems visiting a loved one who is autistic and/or has learning disabilities. Visits are being limited or stopped because of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 19 October 2020

Rights and regulation post COVID-19


LaingBuisson in partnership with Bevan Brittan held a conversation about how we move to the next stage what rights do residents, employees, directors and companies have? This webinar looked at how we should handle the next potential wave of COVID-19 and what role Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the regulators should play. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: [Webinar recorded 11 June 2020].

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020