COVID-19 resources

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Supply management: opportunities for a new landscape in children’s commissioning post crisis

Institute of Public Care

This paper considers how the commissioning of children's social care and the historic interfaces with independent providers can be transformed and redesigned to survive the aftermath of the COVID-19 challenges. Evidence from before the Coronavirus crisis indicated a need to re-examine how children’s services markets are commissioned – the dichotomy of severely financially challenged local authority children’s services budgets contrasting sharply with the apparently high profitability and returns of larger providers is a strategic dissonance. The additional impact of the pandemic will further stress councils' budgets. The paper argues that there is an opportunity to re-think the way in which the sector works together to meet the needs of children in care and to redesign the commercial interfaces to produce a more balanced and sustainable state – the twin forecasts of further increases in demand allied to funding constraints should be seen as the catalyst for these changes. The paper outlines what redesigning commissioning may entails and the actions needed with respect to supply and demand analysis and forecasting; strategy and policy; commissioner-provider relations; and commissioning partnerships. There is experience and evidence available as to how the challenge of redesigning commissioning children’s services can be addressed – and the paper includes three examples of innovative projects.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Support for people with a learning disability

House of Commons Library

Describes recent changes to policy and services for people with a learning disability in England. Over 1.2 million people in England have a learning disability. The Government and NHS England are working to reduce health inequalities for people with a learning disability and have established national programmes to improve treatment and outcomes. The briefing details these initiatives, looking specifically at health policies, employment, social security, education. The briefing also provides a summary of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on people with learning disabilities in England.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Support with death, dying and bereavement during COVID-19

Scottish Social Services Council

This guide brings together information to support social service workers in delivering compassionate, person-centred palliative and end of life care. They may experience death, dying and bereavement during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide aims to help them understand and feel confident in their role; know and use the skills they have for facilitating conversations about death, dying and bereavement; and create a supportive network with colleagues.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Supporting ‘off-radar’ children and young people who are at risk of violence/abuse in their household: Part 1 (interim report)

Survivors’ Voices

This survivor-led report contains relevant possible actions to support children who are 'off-radar' (unknown to any statutory services) during and post pandemic 'lockdown' periods. It provides an initial collation and thematic analysis of the results of a survivor-led and rapid-response survey. This was targeted at people who had experience of being abused as children whilst unknown to safeguarding or support services, in order to capture the wisdom of lived experience regarding what practical actions may help reach this population. Actions and recommendations cover a range of topics and thematic areas, which are grouped into the settings to which they apply. These include: schools, nurseries, and childcare; other statutory services; youth organisations and other voluntary agencies and services that work with young people; government and national and international agencies; communities and families. The report suggests that the overwhelming consensus is that there is a need for a major awareness-raising and information campaign using TV/media and a variety of social and other media; and to develop ways to ensure children and young people can communicate with those who can help, including apps, a free phone helpline and web-based links.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

Supporting a person with dementia following bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

A guide providing information to help those supporting people with dementia who have experienced a bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains suggestions that have been used in palliative care which have been drawn from research and from experience of talking to people with dementia about death and dying.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Supporting care home residents living with dementia during COVID-19: episode 7

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on how best to support care home residents living with dementia during COVID-19. Stories, tips, methods are shared and signposting for how best to support residents living with dementia at this difficult time. Video posted 2 June, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Supporting care-experienced children and young people during the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath

British Psychological Society

This advice is intended for foster and kinship carers, adoptive parents, and professionals who work with care-experienced children in schools, residential care homes and other settings across the United Kingdom. The term ‘care-experienced’ is used with reference to all looked after and adopted children and those in kinship or residential care. The guidance has a focus on thinking about care-experienced children and young people particularly in relation to education during the Covid-19 pandemic. It covers self-care; support in feeling safe; stay connected; making the most of opportunities; and supporting transitions.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

Department for Education

Risk assessment guidance for settings managing children and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or complex needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with SEND. [Updated 24 July 2020]

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19: advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and young people

Emerging Minds

Brings together evidence-based advice for those supporting children and young people with worries about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It provides information on how to talk to children and young people about their worries and what to do when children have more serious worries or anxieties. Links to relevant resources are included throughout. The briefing has been produced by University of Reading's AnDY Research Group and University of Oxford's TOPIC Research Group.

Last updated on hub: 30 March 2020

Supporting community recovery and resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid review of evidence

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

A rapid review of evidence to support community recovery from COVID-19 by broadening the understanding of the wider impacts of the disease and the related disease containment policy. The report aims to demonstrate the types of policy and community responses that may support effective recovery that fosters community resilience. The review is structured around three sections: identifying communities and population sub-groups who are vulnerable or at risk to COVID-19, including the unintended impacts resulting from disease containment policy; the mental health and psychological impacts of COVID-19 and how these can be mitigated as part of community recovery; and the broader potential characteristics of community recovery from the current pandemic and how future resilience can be developed. This includes consideration of research into asset-based approaches, community engagement and participation and resilience and how these can inform community recovery from COVID-19. The report will be of benefit to policymakers and practitioners involved in implementing community-based recovery and support services. It concludes that the process of community recovery should be carefully managed and must involve a flexible, innovative and adaptive approach to support and service delivery. It should also incorporate the views, insights and wisdom of community members and those identified as having additional vulnerability to COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020