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Home learning during the Covid-19 lockdown: the impact of school closures on care experienced children

Adoption UK

This report examines the challenges of supporting vulnerable children’s learning during the COVID-19 lockdown and makes recommendations for the months ahead. To find out about the impact of school closures on care experienced children, a week-long survey was carried out in April for parents and carers of care-experienced children who would normally be in school. There were 674 responses, which form the basis for this report. The survey revealed that the lockdown has had significant impacts on families, both positive and negative. Some have reported severe challenges, including increases in challenging behaviour, violence and aggression, and concerns about the mental wellbeing of both children and adults in the household. However, some families have reaped positive benefits, enjoying spending more time with their children and having more conversations with them, with many reporting that their children seem calmer without the stress of school. The report argues that planning now for the re-opening of school settings is crucial. It recommends that Governments in all four nations of the UK provide additional funding and resources to help schools support children, include support with learning and with wellbeing. In addition, specific guidance should be given to schools about supporting care experienced children and those with special and additional learning needs during school closures.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance for early years

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This briefing summarises government guidance on safeguarding and child protection for early years settings during the COVID-19 pandemic in the four UK nations. Topics covered include: early years provision; regulations; safeguarding and child protection; staffing and recruitment; and child welfare. The briefing answers frequently asked questions including: whether nurseries, preschools and registered childminders should still be providing childcare; whether nannies, au pairs and babysitters can still provide childcare; what to do if a child’s usual registered or regulated childcare provider is closed; whether there have been changes to early years childcare standards during the coronavirus pandemic; and how childcare settings can support and protect children who are not attending. [Update 22 February 2021]

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on children and young people's mental health: results of survey with parents and carers

YoungMinds

Sets out the results of a survey with more than 1,850 parents and carers, in which respondents expressed worries about the long-term impact of COVID-19 on their children’s mental health, and described the challenges they face in finding support. The results show that: most respondents were concerned about the long-term impact of the coronavirus on their child’s mental health; mental health, education and safety are among top concerns for parents and carers; many respondents do not know where to turn for support for their child’s mental health; a quarter of respondents whose children had been receiving mental health support in the run-up to the crisis said that their child was no longer accessing it; respondents believe that music, TV, family time and video calls have helped children to cope; parents and carers need more support; many parents and carers expressed concerns about supporting their child’s schooling.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Tackling loneliness

House of Commons Library

This briefing examines the Government loneliness strategy ‘A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change’ and the steps taken so far by the Government. The strategy set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the Government would take to provide 'national leadership' to tackle loneliness in England. The paper focuses in particular on progress made in relation to social prescribing; community infrastructure – housing, community spaces, transport, digital inclusion, arts, culture and leisure; and targeted support. The briefing also looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on loneliness is also considered, alongside the measures introduced by the Government in response. Finally, this paper briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

“Spend time with me”: children and young people’s experiences of COVID-19 and the justice system

Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice

This paper shares findings from research gathering the views of children and young people with experience of the justice system on COVID-19 and associated restrictions. Youth justice practitioners were also consulted, and shared practice examples as case studies. The study shows that the biggest issues facing children and young people in the justice system are isolation and lack of contact with others. Boredom, lack of activity and being stuck at home were also reported to be significant issues in complying with restrictions. This is in spite of almost all children and young people reporting they have been able to stay in touch with family and friends, and practitioners developing creative methods to sustain contact, and continue to support children, young people and their families. Particular challenges were identified with the operation of the justice system across all areas of the Whole System Approach. Some existing challenges such as delays to processes and release from custody have been exacerbated by COVID-19. A range of factors have worked in supporting children and young people: keeping in touch through creative methods; ensuring access to things to keep them occupied, practical resources and technology; working with partners; and the dedication of staff. This evidence has been used to inform the Alternative Child Rights Impact Assessment about the coronavirus, commissioned by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

COVID-19: personal assistants

Skills for Care

Find information and guidance for people working as personal assistants directly employed by the person they are supporting. The resource covers: official government guidance; COVID-19 testing for PAs; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic; access to learning; sharing COVID-19 experiences; COVID-19 essential training; and useful links, templates and wellbeing resources.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Safe recruitment

Skills for Care

Safeguarding people who need care and support remains as important as ever. Led by Dominic Headley, one of the UK’s leading experts in safer recruitment, this webinar explores best practice emergency processes which support faster recruitment of staff during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

An introduction to DBS checks in the social care sector

Skills for Care

This webinar – delivered by DBS – aims to improve confidence and understanding of using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) eligibility toolkit, the COVID-19 barred list fast track and free of charge checks and making a barring referral.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Distance recruitment

Skills for Care

Face-to-face interviews are being replaced with video calls to maintain social distancing due to COVID-19. A candidate’s experience of the recruitment process will influence their view of the employer and interest in vacancies. This webinar provides tips on effective distance recruitment.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Safe and fair recruitment guide: COVID-19 supplement

Skills for Care

This COVID-19 supplement to SfC Safe and fair recruitment guide aims to help employers follow a clear process when recruiting social care workers, key staff and volunteers for eligible roles in connection with the provision of care and treatment of COVID-19 in England and Wales, or those being recruited to backfill roles because of the impact of the pandemic (COVID-19 roles). The guidance applies to all COVID-19 roles, particularly those where employers need staff to start work rapidly, and any undue delays to the recruitment, pre-employment vetting and onboarding process could lead to risks to the continuity of service; and the safety and wellbeing of other members of staff and the people using the service. The supplement has been developed in partnership with Dominic Headley & Associates and with input from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

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