COVID-19 resources

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August 2020 interim EUGMS guidance to prepare European long-term care facilities for COVID-19

European Geriatric Medicine

Aim: To guide LTCFs in preventing the entrance and spread of SARS-CoV-2. Findings: The guidance is based upon the literature available on August 17, 2020. It lists (1) measures that can be implemented to keep COVID-19 out of LTCFs, and (2) COVID-19 symptoms that require RT-PCR testing in residents, staff members and visitors. It also (3) indicates the strategy to be used when a first LCTF resident or staff member is infected, and (4) proposes measures to limit adverse effects of the quarantine of residents tested positive for COVID-19. Message: The EuGMS guidance enables LTCFs to adapt and suitably implement infection prevention and control measures, considering that the priorities are (1) early detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 residents, staff members and visitors who contribute to the entrance and dissemination of COVID-19 infection in LTCFs and (2) to limit the negative effects of isolation in infected residents.

Last updated on hub: 07 December 2020

Babies in lockdown: listening to parents to build back better

Best Beginnings

Findings from an online survey of over 5,000 mothers, fathers and other co-parents, capturing the experiences of parents coping with the implications of COVID-19 lockdown, and highlighting the lack of support for families, and the inequalities in babies’ early experiences. The report reveals that almost 7 in 10 respondents found their ability to cope with their pregnancy or baby had been impacted as a result of COVID-19; nearly 7 in 10 felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child; only one third expressed confidence in being able to access mental health support if required; and many families with lower incomes, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and young parents have been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic and were less likely to receive the support they needed. The report makes three policy calls: a one-off Baby Boost to enable local services to support families who have had a baby during or close to lockdown; a new Parent-Infant Premium providing new funding for local commissioners, targeted at improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children; and significant and sustained investment in core funding to support families from conception to age two and beyond, including in statutory services, charities and community groups.

Last updated on hub: 11 August 2020

Back on track: supporting young people out of lockdown

YMCA

This report explores what impact COVID-19 and the lockdown have had on young people, using existing evidence to root out what good solutions could look like, and suggesting a road map forward to how we rebuild our society and the lives of young people. The report finds that This report finds young people are lonely – nine-in-ten report missing being face-to-face with people (92%), and three-quarters feel lonelier and more isolated during lockdown (77%); a virtual world can’t be the new normal, with three-quarters of young people (73%) tired of being online all the time; young people are struggling with school and their aspirations for the future are changing, with 56% being worried about falling behind and 41% being worried about getting a job; young people need safe spaces outside of the home to improve family cohesion, with more than half of young people (58%) feeling that their relationship with their family has become more strained during lockdown; prevention of young people’s poor mental health is key as more than two-fifths of young people report that they are worried about their mental health or wellbeing as they come out of the COVID-19 lockdown (42%). The report calls on the government to create a cross departmental strategy for children and young people’s recovery from COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 03 September 2020

BAME women and Covid-19: research evidence

Fawcett Society

This research looks at the implications of Covid-19 and lockdown measures on BAME women. It draws on the data from a survey of an online panel, which comprised parents with at least one child aged 11 or under, people with low income, and BAME respondents (448 BAME women and 401 BAME men, and 1,308 white women). The study reveals that concerns about debt are disproportionately high in the BAME female population; nearly a quarter of BAME mothers reported that they were struggling to feed their children (23.7%, compared to 19% of white mothers); over twice as many BAME women and men reported that they had recently lost support from the government than white women and men. BAME respondents were also more likely to say they had lost support from other people and were less likely to say that there were people outside of their household who they could rely on for help. Life satisfaction and happiness were lowest for BAME women, and anxiety was highest for all women compared to men - 65.1% BAME women and 73.8% of BAME men working outside the home reported anxiety as a result of having to go out to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The report identifies a number of action points for the government and calls for a public inquiry into the disproportionate deaths of BAME people and migrants from Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Beating the Virus

Beyond Words

A short wordless story to help people understand what to do if they have Coronavirus and how to keep themselves and those who they care about safe. The story also shows how to safely help others who may be self-isolating. Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources.

Last updated on hub: 12 October 2020

Before COVID-19: the effect of the 1918 pandemic on Scotland’s children

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

The erroneously named ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918-1920 was responsible for the deaths of at least 50 million people worldwide. Its point of arrival in the UK was Glasgow, Scotland, probably brought by troops returning from the battlefields of the Great War. The first infections were in factories and a boys’ industrial school and the first recorded deaths were of eight children at the former Smyllum Orphanage in Lanark. The British Newspaper Archive is a valuable online source of reports about the pandemic from local Scottish newspapers of the time, but there is more research to be done in the National Records of Scotland and in local archives. The authors welcome advice on potential sources of the effects of the 1918 pandemic on Scottish orphanages, children’s homes and industrial schools.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Behind the (virtual) mirror: online live supervision in couple and family therapy

Family Process

Online therapy and supervision, a rapidly rising practice in couple and family therapy, has been the subject of a growing body of literature. From its early days, family therapy training has included live supervision, which has typically been conducted by a supervisor and a team of trainees situated on the other side of a one‐way mirror. With the outbreak of the COVID‐19 global pandemic, the staff of supervisors at the Barcai Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel were compelled to find solutions to continue meeting with clients and to provide supervision for family therapy trainees. To this end, they have shifted their live supervision courses (“practicums”) to the virtual arena, adapting the popular application “Zoom” into what they call “PractiZoom.” Based on over 100 PractiZoom sessions conducted between March and May 2020, involving 14 supervisors and 28 therapists‐in‐training and their clients, the article reflects on this pioneering online practicum for the online live supervision of therapists with geographically distributed participants. This article outlines the operational methods and adaptations for conducting live behind‐the‐mirror supervision online. Following a short theoretical background, the process of online live supervision is outlined, and any reflections and those of the trainees on the challenges and possibilities it poses are discussed, and offer a number of preliminary conclusions and recommendations.

Last updated on hub: 14 October 2020

Behind the headlines: time to bring our care workers in from the cold

Age UK

This report highlights the extent to which the Covid-19 crisis has thrown into sharp relief how poorly care workers are supported to do their work. Staff shortages, lack of protective equipment, and poor pay and conditions have left many exhausted mentally and physically, challenging their ability to continue to deliver high quality care. Despite being roughly equivalent in size to the NHS workforce, the 1.65 million strong care workforce has seen limited support put in place. While the NHS has been prioritised for PPE, testing, mental health support, priority access to shops and pay rises, offers to social care have been more limited and have generally only arrived very late in the day. The report calls on the Government to rebuild the care system with properly funded and thoroughgoing reform, to ensure care work become an attractive and properly paid career, its terms and conditions on a par with the same jobs carried out in the NHS.

Last updated on hub: 10 November 2020

Bereavement resources for the social care workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance brings together and signposts to key resources on bereavement for social care workers and for leaders and managers. It is intended to support social care staff and providers during the COVID-19 crisis. Losing a family member, friend, colleague or care user can be devastating. This loss may be especially difficult during the pandemic because social care workers may not have been able to say goodbye in the way they would have wanted due to infection risks.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to help people across social care and health settings to apply its provisions about making best interests decisions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020