COVID-19 resources

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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

Supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic from their own perspective

Research in Developmental Disabilities

Background: Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) represent a particularly vulnerable group to the threats posed by COVID-19. However, they have not yet been given a voice on how their living conditions have been affected by COVID-19. Aims: This study aims to report the impact on people with IDD of COVID-19 and the response measures applied in Spain during the lockdown. Method: Data on 582 individuals with IDD were collected through a survey. Seven open questions were included to capture the perspectives of people with IDD on COVID-19 and its consequences. Content analysis was performed to identify themes and categories across participant responses. Chi-square tests were used to analyze the relationship between reporting a specific category and participants’ characteristics. Results: Supports have been conditioned by the living context. People living in specific settings had fewer natural supports, while those living with their family relied heavily on it. Participants also lacked supports considered necessary. It is worth stressing that persons with IDD have also provided support to others. Conclusions: Although people with IDD have generally received the assistance they need during the lockdown, it must be ensured that appropriate supports are provided regardless of the context in which they live.

Last updated on hub: 04 February 2021

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

Sustaining intergenerational connections at a time of crisis: stories of resilience, adaptability and hope from people of all ages at a time when we need them most

Clarion Housing Group

This report gives a snapshot of how intergenerational relationships have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis and examines the role of the UK housing sector in strengthening intergenerational bonds in communities in the next phase of the pandemic. The report explores the innovation, compassion and flexibility that can be found across housing and intergenerational organisations with a collection of case studies of ways in which people of all ages are connecting despite the challenging circumstances. It goes on to share some perspectives from individuals, both in communities and from the sector, on the past few months. Finally, it offers some ideas for how the housing sector can contribute to building intergenerationally connected communities that are resilient through times of change and crisis.

Last updated on hub: 29 September 2020

System leadership and COVID – Case study of practice

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This case study begins to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the priorities, challenges and behaviours of health and social care system leaders.

Last updated on hub: 24 February 2021

System thinking at Hastings community hub

Good Governance Institute

As part of a broader review of the impact of COVID-19 on life in Britain, Jane Hartnell, Managing Director of Hastings Borough Council, reflects on the significant role local authorities have in meeting the needs of their communities during the crisis. Local authorities were asked to establish community hubs, which would mobilise to complement and support those more at risk in the short term – and when the government support was not sufficient – and provide similar support to others who needed help. The members of the Hastings community hub created a local system, offering: a designated and promoted telephone helpline/triage service; a volunteer-led service offering practical support; an information service disseminating key messages with an internet TV offer (‘the isolation station’); a telephone befriending and checking in service; a system of emergency support to those with food shortages; and a local relief fund with emergency funding for community groups. In addition, a series of thematic subgroups meet regularly, bringing together a wider range of organisations to develop a systems-based approach, analyse trends and issues and anticipate further interventions, focusing on mental health; food; children, families and young people; referrals; information and communication.

Last updated on hub: 04 January 2021

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