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Conducting a SEND risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak

Department for Education

Guidance providing information on conducting a risk assessment for children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans and others with complex needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance has been updated to cover: the SEND regulations changes; information on how to keep staff and pupils safe and reduce the risk of infection in educational settings; information on how the guidance affects children/young people with an EHC plan and a social worker; and recommended approaches that local authorities, educational settings and parents should follow for the return of children and young people with EHC plans or complex needs to educational settings from 1 June 2020. [Published 19 April 2020. Last updated 26 May 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Cabinet Office

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus. The strategy sets out a roadmap to easing existing measures and lift restrictions. It also provides details of the fourteen supporting programmes of work that will be delivered by the Government to achieve this. These include work to support care homes during the pandemic and strengthen the protections against infection of care home residents.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Responding to the challenges of COVID-19: guidance for multi-agency forums (including Maracs)


The potential threat of COVID-19 to the health and safety of frontline staff and service users poses a real and immediate challenge for safeguarding families at risk of domestic abuse. This document provides advice to help multi-agency forums, including Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (Marcs), be flexible and respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It covers advice on using virtual forums; managing meetings; assessing additional risk posed to victims of domestic abuse and their children; and safety planning to maximising the opportunity for safe communication between vulnerable families and services. Version date: 19 March 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19 virus update: interim guidance from CFAB on arranging full assessments overseas

Children and Families Across Borders

During the global pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many social workers will be tasked with continuing their work remotely. This interim guidance focuses on how to safely arrange assessments of parents or kinship carers (also known as friends and family carers) in other countries where face to face visits cannot be conducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic prior to placement.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Guide for pandemic flu planning

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

A series of reports produced by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in 2018 to provide social care expertise to support the Department of Health as part of a wider Government programme to develop its pandemic influenza preparedness plans. The reports cover: a guide for pandemic flu planning for DASSs; information requirements to support DASSs and local partners to plan and reprioritise services in a future pan flu response; the communications and support infrastructure that DASS require to support them in communicating service reprioritisation in a future pan flu response; and recommendations on regulatory and process easements that DASSs require to manage the reprioritisation of needs and delivery of services in a future pan flu response. The ADASS has recommended that Directors of Adult Social Services refer to the guide in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions and discharging COVID-19 patients

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice on appropriate infection prevention and control precautions for COVID-19 patients recovering or recovered from COVID-19 and remaining in hospital, or being discharged to their own home or residential care. The guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 9 April 2020. Last updated 30 July 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Carers Week 2020 research report: the rise in the number of unpaid carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Carers UK

This research, based on polling carried out with YouGov, estimates the number of carers in the UK and looks at the challenges they face. It also looks at public awareness of unpaid caring, whether the public thought unpaid carers were valued and whether the Government had provided sufficient support. The report estimates that 26 percent of the UK adult population is providing unpaid care to a relative or friend. This includes an estimated 4.5 million people who have started unpaid caring since the coronavirus outbreak began. The top three most frequently chosen challenges by all unpaid carers were: managing the stress and responsibility; the negative impacts on their physical and mental health; and not being able to take time away from caring. The research also shows that the public would like to see increased support for unpaid carers, with 75 percent agreeing ‘the Government should do more’. It concludes with a summary of recommendations to increase support and recognition for unpaid carers. The report also includes separate summaries of the findings for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The research is based on polling of 4,557 people over the age of 18 living in the UK and was published for Carers Week 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Hidden in plain sight. Gangs and exploitation: a youth work response to COVID-19

National Youth Agency

This report looks the vulnerabilities of young people to street gangs and organised crime gangs linked to child criminal exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It considers the key issues and trends through lockdown, and shows how gangs have adapted their patterns of behaviour, changing locations and grooming new recruits. The report draws on data from the Children's Commissioner for England, previous research from the National Youth Agency and insights from youth work practitioners. It highlights the importance of youth services for safeguarding young people at risk and makes recommendations for Government.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund ring-fenced grant 2020: local authority circular

Department of Health and Social Care

Government circular outlining the Adult social care infection control fund, which aims to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience. A small percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and support wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. The document is accompanied by five annexes which set out the conditions upon which the grant is paid and the local authorities to whom it will be paid. [First published 9 June 2020. Last updated: 21 September 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

'We're here to protect and empower people with the odds stacked against them. Over video, it's hard'

Community Care

An adults' learning disabilities social worker, a child exploitation specialist and a children with disabilities team manager share their perspectives on social work during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

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