COVID-19 resources

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Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: actions for educational providers and other partners

Department for Education

Guidance for schools and local authorities about children supported through social care, with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans or identified as vulnerable by their school, college, early years provider or local authority. The guidance covers the identification of vulnerable children and young people; determining whether attendance at school or college is appropriate; supporting vulnerable children and young people's wellbeing; and responding to increased safeguarding concerns as more children return to on-site education provision. The guidance is for service providers, including: local-authority-maintained schools and academies, all alternative provision including pupil referral units local authorities and providers of children’s social care. [Published 22 March 2020. Updated 15 May 2020].

Last updated on hub: 02 June 2020

Supporting wellbeing of older people when shielding / isolating

Public Health Wales Observatory

This summary outlines action that the evidence suggests may help to support the mental wellbeing of older adults at this time. It is intended for organisations involved in supporting older people. Four systematic reviews were identified from a search of the literature conducted in June 2019. Most provided data from qualitative research and captured the perceptions of older people on quality of life, meaningful occupations and experience of technology. Reflecting on the findings from these reviews, the analysis suggests a number of actions for consideration by those involved in supporting older people. These actions focus on: maintaining autonomy and control; occupation and social interaction; access to the internet; and money and resources.

Last updated on hub: 16 November 2020

Supporting working carers in COVID-19: response and reflections: employer survey report

Carers UK

Findings of a research survey of 114 members of the Employers for Carers (EfC) business forum to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on working carers and how employers have supported them. The analysis shows that: 9 out of 10 employers (90%) said they had put in additional arrangements to support carers’ health and wellbeing during the pandemic; three quarters of employers said they had offered additional flexible working arrangements for carers; around 6 out of 10 employers (61%) offered different arrangements for staff who were caring for someone in the shielded category; half of employers said their organisation offered carers leave or special leave to carers within their workforce, and 34% said that they offered furloughing; there was a relatively even split between organisations who said they had a carers network or support group (44%) and those who did not (42%); a relatively high number (72%) said they had key workers in frontline roles that may place them at greater risk; around a half of respondents said their organisation had developed, or had plans to develop, new additional organisational/HR/other policies or procedures as a result of the pandemic; over a third of respondents felt their organisations had learned new practical lessons that would help them in supporting carer employees. Implementing better remote working and flexibility were key issues identified. The report highlights key areas of carer support which EfC member organisations have been providing during COVID-19 and makes a number of recommendations, calling on national and local government to optimise their communications around carers so that they are clear about what caring can continue in different areas during the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Supporting you to make decisions while caring for someone living with dementia during Coronavirus (COVID19) and beyond

University College London (UCL)

This document guides carers of people living with dementia through the process of making difficult decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst taking into consideration wishes and preferences of those they care for and the legal aspects of making decisions. The guide covers a number of decisions carers may need to make if the person they are caring for has or is suspected to have Covid-19. These include decisions such as how to care for them if they are unable to visit them, whether they should go to hospital if they become unwell and what it means to have a do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation order. The guide also provides useful tips for carers such as the Covid-19 symptoms to watch out for which may differ to the commonly recognised symptoms, where to find help and support when making decisions and how to look after yourself as a carer. Topics covered include: thinking about any existing advance care plans; wishes and preferences; legal aspects of decision making; managing care at home; supporting someone in a care home; admitting them to hospital if they are very unwell; support for carers; and how carers can look after themselves during coronavirus and beyond.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

Supporting young people and parents: the impact of COVID-19 on adolescents, parenting and neglect

The Children's Society

This briefing explores the challenges that adolescents and their parents face during the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers advice for professionals on how to reduce the likelihood of neglect occurring or to mitigate its effects and includes recommendations for national and local decision makers around prevention and responses to adolescent neglect. It is based on recently-published academic research, data collected since the onset of the pandemic and consultation with practitioners.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Survey results: understanding people's concerns about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Academy of Medical Sciences

This report describes the findings of a consultation with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their supporters and the general public, which took place in late March 2020, the week that the UK went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The consultation asked about people's concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what had been helping their mental health and wellbeing at that time. In total, 2,198 people took part in the stakeholder survey (including people with lived experience of mental health issues and health and social care professionals) and 1,099 people in the survey of the general population. Priority concerns about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health included anxiety; isolation; difficulties in accessing mental health support and services; and concerns about the impact of the pandemic on family members and family relationships.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Surviving being black and a clinician during a dual pandemic: personal and professional challenges in a disease and racial crisis

Smith College Studies in Social Work

I CAN’T BREATHE! Social distance! I CAN’T BREATHE! Stay six feet apart! I CAN’T BREATHE! Make sure you wash your hands! I CAN’T BREATHEEEE! When can I schedule a session? The duality of being Black in America and a mental health professional during a global pandemic is stressful enough; however, coupled with a simultaneous racial pandemic, the intrapsychic, interpersonal and professional responsibilities feel incessant. This article seeks to explore the lived experiences of two Black mental health professionals residing and providing clinical services in Los Angeles County during a dual pandemic. Utilizing autoethnography methodology, the authors will reflect upon their personal and professional experiences of being Black and a mental health provider during a dual pandemic. Special attention will be allocated to unpacking issues of systemic racism, White supremacy, White fragility, anti-racism and third space oppression while providing clinical services to White and Black clients and attempting to engage in ongoing self-care activities. In addition, the authors will explore recommendations examining the nexus between racial identity, social location and professional expectations during a dual pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Surviving COVID-19: social work issues in a global pandemic (Child protection and welfare, and social care)

University of Stirling

This briefing provides advice for social workers working with children and families during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing covers what is COVID-19 and its symptoms; what steps do World Health Organisation (WHO) and national and local health advisors advocate people follow in preparedness, mitigation and suppression strategies; how can social workers work with children and families during this pandemic; and how can social workers take care of themselves and others while performing their statutory duties. The briefing also covers how to uphold anti-oppressive practice, ethical behaviour and human rights, home visits and personal protection and protective equipment.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Surviving the pandemic: new challenges for adult social care and the social care market. Discussion paper

Institute of Public Care

This discussion paper looks at how councils have avoided the predicted collapse over the period of austerity and highlights new problems that have emerged during the coronavirus (Covid -19) pandemic. Drawing on the authors previous papers, it explores these new problems facing providers of care homes and home care, and asks how the care provider sector can survive after the pandemic. It identifies the risk to the care provider market and the need for councils to find ways of managing increased demand.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Surviving the stigma: lessons learnt for the prevention of COVID-19 stigma and its mental health impact

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

Purpose: The spread of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has affected more than four million lives worldwide. Unfortunately, incidents of stigmatisation associated with COVID-19 are being reported worldwide. Studies conducted during and after public health emergencies because of communicable diseases have highlighted the development of stigmatisation and associated mental health consequences. This study aims to explore the past pandemics and current incidents of stigmatisation to understand COVID-19 stigma, its mental health impact and how they can be prevented by using primary and secondary prevention methods. Design/methodology/approach: Researches were shortlisted using keywords such as “infectious diseases and mental health”, “COVID 19 stigma and mental health”, “Contagious disease stigma” and “mental health of survivors”. Findings: Studies conducted during and after public health emergencies because of communicable diseases have highlighted the development of stigmatisation and associated mental health consequences. The emphasis is on universal prevention of stigmatization. Early psychological intervention may reduce the long-term psychological effects of the illness and reduction of stigma may contribute to treatment. Originality/value: This paper predicts the chances of stigmatisation that COVID-19 survivors may face and possible strategies to prevent it.

Last updated on hub: 19 November 2020