COVID-19 resources

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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 children with disabilities at home during COVID-19: a resource pack for parents and caregivers

Leonard Cheshire Disability

The COVID-19 outbreak has had an impact on how people live their lives in every country around the world. In this context it is very important that the specific needs of children with disabilities are taken into account. This resource pack provides advice and guidance for parents and caregivers on how best to protect and support their children with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Topics covered include: general guidance for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities; supporting children with disabilities to learn at home during the COVID-19 outbreak; safeguarding during COVID-19; communication and access to information for persons with disabilities during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 17 February 2021

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

Supporting families and children: beyond COVID-19. Social protection in high-income countries

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund

This report explores how the social and economic impact of the pandemic is likely to affect children in high-income countries; the initial government responses to the crisis; and how future public policies could be optimized to better support children. The severity and unique nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that experience of dealing with such a crisis in high-income countries is very limited. The report finds that: child income poverty is likely to increase and remain higher than pre-COVID levels for up to five years in those countries worst hit by the crisis; child well-being and efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also at risk; governments tend to rely on a ‘trickle-down’ approach to child welfare – most directly through families attached to the formal labour market or secure employment – an approach that is likely to further exclude the most vulnerable and marginalised children in society; how money is spent on families matters – of the 159 social protection interventions allocated funds by the end of July 2020, just 47 were for children or for families raising children; a rebalancing of the present fiscal stimulus spending versus social protection expenditure is needed; how money will be paid back matters – evidence in this report highlights the damaging effects of austerity on children and their families; it is critical to learn in the short term, plan for the long term. Finally, governments and other key stakeholders have a role to play in the efforts to build stronger social protection systems for the future – systems more resilient to health and economic shocks. The most meaningful way to support such efforts, in the short term, is to ensure that children, child poverty, child well-being and equality are built into the heart of COVID-19 recovery responses. This means that second-wave and recovery responses to COVID-19 will require a rethink.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disability during the first 100 days of the COVID‐19 outbreak in the USA

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Background: It is unknown how the novel Coronavirus SARS‐CoV‐2, the cause of the current acute respiratory illness COVID‐19 pandemic that has infected millions of people, affects people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). The aim of this study is to describe how individuals with IDD have been affected in the first 100 days of the COVID‐19 pandemic. Methods: Shortly after the first COVID‐19 case was reported in the USA, the organisation in this study, which provides continuous support for over 11 000 individuals with IDD, assembled an outbreak committee composed of senior leaders from across the health care organisation. The committee led the development and deployment of a comprehensive COVID‐19 prevention and suppression strategy, utilising current evidence‐based practice, while surveilling the global and local situation daily. This study implemented enhanced infection control procedures across 2400 homes, which were communicated to employees using multi‐faceted channels including an electronic resource library, mobile and web applications, paper postings in locations, live webinars and direct mail. Custom‐built software applications were used to track patient, client and employee cases and exposures, and this study leveraged current public health recommendations to identify cases and to suppress transmission, which included the use of personal protective equipment. A COVID‐19 case was defined as a positive nucleic acid test for SARS‐CoV‐2 RNA. Results: In the 100‐day period between 20 January 2020 and 30 April 2020, this study provided continuous support for 11 540 individuals with IDD. Sixty‐four per cent of the individuals were in residential, community settings, and 36% were in intermediate care facilities. The average age of the cohort was 46 ± 12 years, and 60% were male. One hundred twenty‐two individuals with IDD were placed in quarantine for exhibiting symptoms and signs of acute infection such as fever or cough. Sixty‐six individuals tested positive for SARS‐CoV‐2, and their average age was 50. The positive individuals were located in 30 different homes (1.3% of total) across 14 states. Fifteen homes have had single cases, and 15 have had more than one case. Fifteen COVID‐19‐positive individuals were hospitalised. As of 30 April, seven of the individuals hospitalised have been discharged back to home and are recovering. Five remain hospitalised, with three improving and two remaining in intensive care and on mechanical ventilation. There have been three deaths. This study found that among COVID‐19‐positive individuals with IDD, a higher number of chronic medical conditions and male sex were characteristics associated with a greater likelihood of hospitalisation. Conclusions: In the first 100 days of the COVID‐19 outbreak in the USA, this study observed that people with IDD living in congregate care settings can benefit from a coordinated approach to infection control, case identification and cohorting, as evidenced by the low relative case rate reported. Male individuals with higher numbers of chronic medical conditions were more likely to be hospitalised, while most younger, less chronically ill individuals recovered spontaneously at home.

Last updated on hub: 19 October 2020

Supporting mental health during Covid-19: a brief guide

Centre for Mental Health

This guide provides practical tips about mental health during the lockdown and in the months to come. The resource is intended to be used in workplaces, communities, organisations and charities as a very brief guide to having a conversation about mental health. It provides links to sources of help and support as well as practical ideas and information for people who may need some support to maintain their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Supporting mental health in communities during the coronavirus crisis: bringing together voluntary, community and statutory services

Centre for Mental Health

This briefing looks at how statutory service commissioners and providers are working with the voluntary and community sector to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It also provides practical advice on how to build effective partnerships locally. This includes recognising the value of different contributions and their role in preventing later crises; supporting smaller organisations that work with high risk groups or those who find mainstream services less helpful; maintaining safeguarding to protect people at risk of abuse; and valuing organisations that provide key functions such as supported housing, advocacy and support. It concludes with recommendations for NHS and local authority commissioners when working with the voluntary and community sector to help them to maximise their contribution without jeopardising their longer-term sustainability.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation

British Geriatrics Society

Guidance on meeting the needs of older people who are self-isolating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes information on meeting older people's psychological needs and promoting wellbeing, and advice for older people on remaining connected and staying active as much as possible during the pandemic. It also includes a specific section on the needs of people living with dementia and memory problems, particularly on how to help them to understand and follow Covid-19 advice.

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020

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