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Still here for children: sharing the experiences of NSPCC staff who supported children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This report explores how NSPCC have staff adapted their ways of working to enable them to continue to support children and families during the pandemic; what they have learnt about the needs of children and families; and how they felt about the new ways of working. Fifteen NSPCC staff members working in a variety of frontline and strategic roles in our Together for Childhood sites in Glasgow, Plymouth and Stoke participated in this project. During lockdown, they were asked to complete three fortnightly reflective diary entries, to consider their experiences of supporting children and families over the preceding two weeks. Key learning includes: working online enabled planned work to continue but created new barriers to access for some families; working together with partners helped NSPCC staff respond to the needs of local communities; financial insecurity left families in need of basic essentials; staff felt that children were more at risk of experiencing abuse at home and online; reduced opportunities for face-to-face contact made it more challenging to assess risk and safeguard children; mental health declined among children and young people, resulting in an increased need for support services; separation of children in care from their birth parents created challenges around contact; working from home created concerns about confidentiality and exposing family members to the content of their work; lack of face-to-face contact with children, families and colleagues had a negative impact on staff wellbeing. Overall, data from the reflective diary entries indicate that staff felt lockdown restrictions had a detrimental impact on children and families.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Stories of care homes across the country: episode 3

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on resources on the stories of care homes across the country. It includes examples of rising PPE costs, but also how local businesses are rallying together and donating supplies. Resourceful managers are contacting their councils and MPs for support regarding staff transport, whilst others are using isolation as a chance to reflect on their person centred care. Finally, what talents within the care team could bring joy to both residents and staff? Video posted 24 April, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Stories of shielding: life in the pandemic for those with health and care needs

National Voices

Brings together the voices and stories of people with long-term health conditions during COVID-19. The report is based on the submissions to the digital platform Our COVID Voices, which was created for people with health and care needs to share their experiences. The platform received 70 unfiltered views and stories from people at great risk of all the effects of the pandemic, including anxiety, uncertainty and changes to their care. But it goes much deeper, into their relationships, their jobs and dealing with the everyday aspects of life in the pandemic. This document collates quotes from these stories to provide an overview of the real-life experiences of individuals shielding.

Last updated on hub: 15 October 2020

Straddling the divide: digital exclusion during COVID-19 and beyond

International Longevity Centre - UK

This commentary discusses how COVID-19 risks widening inequalities caused by digital exclusion, but can also act as a catalyst to accelerate digital inclusion efforts. It reports that around 11.9 million people in the UK currently lack the digital skills they need for everyday life, meaning a significant proportion of people self-isolating may be stuck in their homes with limited options to avoid social isolation, get essentials and stay safe. It also highlights how many innovators in business and local government have been working to support those digitally excluded during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commentary recommends that the Government set up a nationally coordinated volunteer service to teach digital skills to those most at risk of digital exclusion during the lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19: preventing and managing the COVID-19 pandemic across long-term care services in the WHO European Region (May 29, 2020)

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

This technical guidance identifies ten policy objectives to prevent and manage COVID-19 infections in long-term care services. It includes proposed actions and examples from across Europe and aims to help decision-makers, policy-makers and national or regional health authorities as they seek ways to prevent and manage the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care services. The focus is on older people above the age of 65 years who use long-term care services in their homes, day centres or residential homes and nursing homes. The 10 policy objectives cover: Prioritizing the maintenance of LTC services; Mobilizing additional funds; Implementing prevention and control standards; Implementing safety measures that recognise the mutual benefits of the safety of people receiving and providing LTC services; Prioritizing testing, tracing and monitoring the spread of COVID-19; Securing staff and resources; Scaling up support for family caregivers; Coordinate between services; Secure access to dignified palliative care services; and Prioritize the well-being of people receiving and providing LTC services.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Stress among children in England during the coronavirus lockdown

Children’s Commissioner for England

Findings of a survey to explore how children’s experience of stress had changed since lockdown began. The survey involved another panel of 2,000 children aged 8 – 17 and ran from 18th to 25th June. Overall, the frequency of feeling stressed declined during lockdown between March and June 2020. This was mainly driven by a decline in the percentage of children feeling stressed some of the time, from 47% to 34%, and an increase in children feeling stressed rarely or not at all (from 23% to 42%). However, the proportion of children experiencing stress most days or every day remained broadly consistent between the two surveys – 24% in March and 22% in June. Results from the June survey show that 26% of children reported that they had become more stressed about their mental and physical health during lockdown, while only 15% reported that they had become less stressed about this topic; 13% of children reported that they had become more stressed not having enough food or clothes during lockdown, while 26% reported that they had become less stressed about this topic; 49% of children chose ‘not being able to see my friends or relatives’ as one of their top three causes of stress during lockdown out of topics related to school or Coronavirus, while 39% of children chose ‘schoolwork I had to do whilst I was at home’ as one of their top three causes.

Last updated on hub: 05 October 2020

Stress and parenting during the global COVID-19 pandemic

Child Abuse and Neglect

Objective: This study examined the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to parental perceived stress and child abuse potential. Participants and Setting: Participants included parents (N = 183) with a child under the age of 18 years in the western United States. Method: Tests of group differences and hierarchical multiple regression analyses were employed to assess the relationships among demographic characteristics, COVID-19 risk factors, mental health risk factors, protective factors, parental perceived stress, and child abuse potential. Results: Greater COVID-19 related stressors and high anxiety and depressive symptoms are associated with higher parental perceived stress. Receipt of financial assistance and high anxiety and depressive symptoms are associated with higher child abuse potential. Conversely, greater parental support and perceived control during the pandemic are associated with lower perceived stress and child abuse potential. Results also indicate racial and ethnic differences in COVID-19 related stressors, but not in mental health risk, protective factors, perceived stress, or child abuse potential. Conclusion: Findings suggest that although families experience elevated stressors from COVID-19, providing parental support and increasing perceived control may be promising intervention targets.

Last updated on hub: 21 January 2021

Stress‐buffering role of social support during COVID‐19

Family Process

In order to reduce the high infection rate of COVID‐19, individuals began to engage in self‐isolation amid a time of uncertainty and worry. Given that social support can be protective against the negative effects of distress on mental and physical health, the lack of support may negatively impact individuals during their self‐isolation. Thus, the current study examined the role of self‐isolation on feelings of stress, the perception and reception of social support, and mental health problems during the COVID‐19 pandemic. A sample of 405 college students were asked to report on the amount of self‐isolation in which they were engaging, worry about COVID‐19, psychological health, and received and perceived social support. Results indicated that when the length of time in self‐isolation was taken into account, perceived social support buffered the connection between worry about COVID‐19 and psychological health. These results indicate that social support, worry about COVID‐19, and self‐isolation may influence individuals’ psychological health during times of stress.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Stressors of COVID-19 and stress consequences: the mediating role of rumination and the moderating role of psychological support

Children and Youth Services Review

Backgrounds and aims: As COVID-19 spreads rapidly, this global pandemic has not only brought the risk of death but also spread unbearable psychological pressure to people around the world. The aim of this study was to explore (a) the mediating role of rumination in the association between stressors of COVID-19 and stress consequences of college students, and (b) the moderating role of psychological support in the indirect relationship between stressors of COVID-19 and stress consequences of college students. Methods: Eight hundred and forty-one Chinese college students (Mage = 19.50 years, SD = 1.580) completed the measures of stressors of COVID-19, stress consequences, rumination, and psychological support. Results: Stressors of COVID-19 were significantly positively associated with stress consequences, and mediation analyses indicated that rumination partially mediated this association. Moderated mediation analysis further revealed that psychological support buffered the relation between stressors of COVID-19 and rumination, as well as the relation between rumination and stress consequences. Discussion and conclusion: Findings of this study demonstrated that stressors associated with COVID-19 is positively related to rumination, which in turn, is related to stress consequences in college students. However, psychological support buffered this effect at both indirect mediation paths, suggesting that college students with greater psychological support may be better equipped to prevent negative stress consequences.

Last updated on hub: 17 November 2020

Stronger together? Intergenerational connection and Covid-19

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Purpose: This paper aims to review how intergenerational connections and relationships have been affected to date by COVID-19. It provides lessons for the future. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is a review of policy and practice. Findings: Although there are some excellent examples of creative approaches such as online strategies to bring generations together in the face of social distancing, there remain barriers to building stronger communities. Many people of all ages remain lonely and isolated. Community projects are under-funded and will struggle to maintain connections beyond the immediate crisis. Inequalities and the digital divide have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Intergenerational relations are likely to be further strained by the economic impact. Originality/value: None of us have known anything like COVID-19 and its impact on all aspects of our lives. It will continue to affect generations to come, and we need to learn the lessons as we move forward.

Last updated on hub: 29 December 2020

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