COVID-19 resources

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Children's guide to coronavirus

Children’s Commissioner for England

A guide for children to help explain the situation during the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to answer children's questions about coronavirus (COVID-19), tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Children's rights during coronavirus: children's views and experiences


Findings of a survey a survey designed with children and for children aged between 8 to 17 years, to better understand the impact of the pandemic. More than 26,000 children participated worldwide and an additional 5,000 responded to a shorter poll on issues of protection, safety and peer-to-peer support, disseminated via UNICEF’s U-Report. Key findings include: 61% of children said they were getting a better education before the pandemic; 56% shared they got less chances to talk to their friends; 41% said their family struggled financially during the pandemic; 38% said their governments do not listen to children when making decisions on the pandemic; 17% of children aged between 13 and 17 felt the portrayal of children in the media had gotten worse since the start of the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Children's social care: Government consultation response

Department for Education

Sets out the Government’s response to a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. These are intended to provide flexibilities to support the effective delivery of children’s social care services, whilst ensuring children’s safety. A majority of responses were in favour of each of the proposals to extend individual regulations on medical reports, virtual visits, and the continued suspension of the regular cycle of Ofsted inspections of children’s services providers. The majority of responses also agreed that all other temporary flexibilities introduced in April 2020 should lapse and the need to introduce additional safeguards. However, many consultees also raised concerns in the way the regulations were introduced, and many felt the regulations should not be extended and should be revoked immediately. On the basis of responses to the consultation the Government has decided to continue with plans to allow the majority of regulations to lapse on 25 September, save those specifically set out in this document, on medical assessments, virtual visits and Ofsted inspections. The Government has no plans to extend the regulations beyond March 2021.

Last updated on hub: 01 September 2020

Clinical supervision of couple and family therapy during COVID‐19

Family Process

This paper addresses the need for a swift transition from in‐person clinical supervision to telesupervision during the time of the COVID‐19 global pandemic. Five specific areas will be discussed in the effort to enhance the quality of clinical supervision provided to couple and family therapists in training at this time including the following: (1) COVID‐19 and the structural changes and technological adaptation of supervision; (2) culturally and contextually sensitive guidelines for clinical supervision during COVID‐19; (3) the supervisee’s competence and the clinical supervisory process; (4) the new set of boundaries and the supervisory role; (5) and the supervisory alliance and supervisees’ vulnerabilities in the face of COVID‐19.

Last updated on hub: 14 October 2020

Cohorting, zoning and isolation practice: commissioning for resilient care home provision: a report to the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Task Force

Care England

Guidance on developing good practice in cohorting, zoning and isolation practice in care home settings as a means of ensuring the effective implementation of the Public Health England (PHE) national guidance and high standards of infection prevention and control. Various examples and documents already exist which exemplify notable practice and provide national guidance. This document brings some of this together to address particular questions for the Task Force. As well as providing advice to the Task Force, it might also act as a checklist for commissioners to assess what they have already done / might do. It is split as follows: context; some key principles to guide work in this area; describing good practice in cohorting – within existing provision, or in dedicated facilities; what this means for commissioners and how they work with care providers recognising the critical relationships between them; resource considerations; and practice examples and references.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Combating heightened social isolation of nursing home elders: the telephone outreach in the COVID-19 outbreak program

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Objective: Social isolation and loneliness - common concerns in older adults - are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address social isolation in nursing home residents, the Yale School of Medicine Geriatrics Student Interest Group initiated a Telephone Outreach in the COVID-19 Outbreak (TOCO) Program that implements weekly phone calls with student volunteers. Methods: Local nursing homes were contacted; recreation directors identified appropriate and interested elderly residents. Student volunteers were paired with elderly residents and provided phone call instructions. Results: Three nursing homes opted to participate in the program. Thirty elderly residents were paired with student volunteers. Initial reports from recreation directors and student volunteers were positive: elderly residents look forward to weekly phone calls and express gratitude for social connectedness. Conclusions: The TOCO program achieved initial success and promotes the social wellbeing of nursing home residents. The authors hope to continue this program beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in order to address this persistent need in a notably vulnerable patient population.

Last updated on hub: 08 October 2020

Combating loneliness and reducing social isolation

Housing LIN

Arranged into six key topic areas below, these pages showcase relevant guidance and policy instruments, useful research findings and examples of services and innovative projects that offer practical solutions in combating loneliness and reducing social isolation. The topics covered may be especially relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. They include: ageing, assistive technology, care and support, dementia, health and wellbeing, and homes and communities.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Commentary: COVID in care homes- challenges and dilemmas in healthcare delivery

Age and Ageing

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected care home residents internationally, with 19–72% of COVID-19 deaths occurring in care homes. COVID-19 presents atypically in care home residents and up to 56% of residents may test positive whilst pre-symptomatic. In this article, the authors provide a commentary on challenges and dilemmas identified in the response to COVID-19 for care homes and their residents. The authors highlight the low sensitivity of polymerase chain reaction testing and the difficulties this poses for blanket screening and isolation of residents. They discuss quarantine of residents and the potential harms associated with this. Personal protective equipment supply for care homes during the pandemic has been suboptimal and they suggest that better integration of procurement and supply is required. Advance care planning has been challenged by the pandemic and the authors say there is a need to for healthcare staff to provide support to care homes with this. Finally, the authors discuss measures to implement augmented care in care homes, including treatment with oxygen and subcutaneous fluids, and the frameworks which will be required if these are to be sustainable. The authors say that all of these challenges must be met by healthcare, social care and government agencies if care home residents and staff are to be physically and psychologically supported during this time of crisis for care homes.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Commissioning and COVID-19: advice for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE's collection of resources for commissioners that discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on commissioning, and ways to move forward.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Commissioning and COVID-19: Legal and policy context

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A summary of law and areas of policy (in England) relevant to social care commissioning. This includes specific changes or considerations during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020