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Producing ‘top tips’ for care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: rapid reviews inform evidence-based practice but reveal major gaps

Journal of Long-Term Care

Context: The work presented in this paper was undertaken during the first three months of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK. Objectives: The project is aimed to respond to questions and concerns raised by front-line care staff during this time, by producing research-based ‘Top Tips’ to complement emerging COVID-19 policy and practice guidelines. Methods: Eight rapid, expert reviews of published, multidisciplinary research evidence were conducted to help answer care home workers’ questions about ‘how’ to support residents, family members and each other at a time of unprecedented pressure and grief and adhere to guidance on self-distancing and isolation. A review of the emerging policy guidelines published up to the end of April 2020 was also undertaken. Findings: The rapid reviews revealed gaps in research evidence, with research having a lot to say about what care homes should do and far less about how they should do it. The policy review highlighted the expectations and demands placed on managers and direct care workers as the pandemic spread across the UK. Implications: This paper highlights the value of working with the sector to co-design and co-produce research and pathways to knowledge with those who live, work and care in care homes. To have a real impact on care practice, research in care homes needs to go beyond telling homes ‘what’ to do by working with them to find out ‘how’.

Last updated on hub: 06 November 2020

Professional practice guidance for children and families social work during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance support frontline practitioners and provide a framework to influence good practice within the workplace, as well as helping social workers to manage the ethical and emotional impact of their work. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience. It highlights the importance of strengths-based and relationship-based practice. It also provides a checklist to help social workers to order their thinking when working with vulnerable children and their families and when meeting their own support needs. It includes links to resources and organisations providing additional support for children, families and their social workers.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for end of life social work during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance to help social workers and their employers undertake social work at end of life during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It will help social workers think through the specific considerations around practice at end of life and help social workers to consider the specific support they may need. It also includes information about additional resources and support for people at end of life and in bereavement and their social workers. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. It draws on publication 'The role of social workers in palliative, end of life and bereavement care' (2016) by the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for home visits during Covid-19 Pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance has been produced to help social workers and their employers manage the risks of home visits during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It aims to help social workers keep themselves safe and reduce risks of infection during home visits, enable social workers to fulfil their duties without undue risk, and minimise the risk of infection of others by social workers entering homes. It covers key issues to consider when planning a home visit, during a visit, and action to take immediately after a home visit. The key principles may also be helpful for social workers planning and carrying out face to face activities in other settings, such as hospitals or care homes during Covid-19. It does not cover social care workers who are providing hands-on personal care. The guidance has been developed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in consultation with practitioners, managers and sector leaders and is applicable for all social workers across the UK. It will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for hospital social work with adults during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for face to face social work in hospitals with adult patients, families or carers during Covid-19. It focuses on planning for and managing risk during coronavirus (Covid-19), whether with adults who are Covid-19 positive, negative or infection status unknown. It includes advice on planning a face to face encounter with a hospital adult patient, family or carer, such as liaising with other agencies, evaluating level of risk, and talking patients, families and carers about risk precautions. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This practice guidance, developed by the British Association of Social Workers, provides advice for social workers safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It reaffirms the purpose of safeguarding adults and identifies two main issues arising from the pandemic - additional concerns and risks and barriers to safeguarding adults. It outlines approaches that can support social workers to undertake their safeguarding role in Covid-19 and considers the specific support social workers may need. The guidance has been developed based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. Published date: 24 April 2020.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for social work in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for safe face to face social work practice within multi-disciplinary or multi-agency contexts during the coronavirus (Covid-19). It focuses on planning for and managing risk during Covid-19, working with people and families where someone is positive for Covid-19, negative or infection status unknown. It includes details of four key enablers for effective multi-disciplinary team working during the Covid-19 pandemic: good communication; approaches to decision making and co-ordination of care; organisational support; and enabling social workers to utilise their professional specific capabilities. The guidance is transferable across multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency contexts. Developed by the British Association for Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Promising approaches revisited: effective action on loneliness in later life

Campaign to End Loneliness

Drawing on the expertise and experience of leading figures in the field, academic literature and other evidence, this report presents an update to an earlier framework for loneliness interventions published in 2015. The framework helps to make sense of the different ways we can address loneliness, and explains how these approaches fit together to create an effective community response. The guide offers examples of these approaches in action so that organisations can find inspiration from others. The new guide learns the lessons of the last five years – as well as the impact of the pandemic and how organisations tackling loneliness have adapted. Its key message is that to tackle loneliness, different types of support need to be in place. People need to have the infrastructure to engage in social life, whether that is about digital, transport or a built environment that supports social life. Finally, there are direct ways of reducing loneliness whether that is one-to-one or in groups, or psychological support. A key change to the framework is the addition of the built environment as part of the ‘gateway infrastructure’ that helps tackle loneliness, recognising the role shops, cafes and pubs play as places to meet.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Promising approaches revisited: supplementary case studies

Campaign to End Loneliness

This supplement is a companion piece to the report Promising Approaches Revisited: Effective action on loneliness in later life. That report sets out the different elements needed for effective action to reduce loneliness. These case studies show the framework in action, illustrating how each element may work in practice. They cover: connectors services, including social prescribing; direct solution including group-based interventions and one-to-one approaches; gateway infrastructure such as digital technology and the built environment; and neighbourhood approaches.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Promoting the welfare, protection and care of victims of child trafficking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: This paper aims to focus on the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on victims of child trafficking. It highlights findings from research on other pandemics and outbreaks, the impact of child trafficking on children, the impact of COVID-19 on children and the impact of COVID-19 on victims of child trafficking. Design/methodology/approach: This paper focuses on the global impact of COVID-19 on victims of child trafficking. It highlights findings from research on other pandemics, the impact of child trafficking on children, the impact of COVID-19 on children and the impact of COVID-19 on victims of child trafficking. The findings provide a useful framework to guide the development of social policies to address this global crisis and to empower social workers and allied professionals to implement effective service responses. This is a crucial time for the entire world to diminish the impact of COVID-19, address this unprecedented crisis and uphold the human rights of all children. Findings: These findings provide a useful framework to guide the development of social policies to address this global pandemic and to support social workers and allied professionals to implement effective service responses. Originality/value: The author proposes three basic action items: commit to the promises made in international and regional mandates and guidelines; address the risk and vulnerability factors that have been identified; and implement the promising prevention activities described in the literature.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

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