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Comparative optimism about infection and recovery from COVID‐19; Implications for adherence with lockdown advice

Health Expectations

Background: Comparative optimism, the belief that negative events are more likely to happen to others rather than to oneself, is well established in health risk research. It is unknown, however, whether comparative optimism also permeates people’s health expectations and potentially behaviour during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Objectives: Data were collected through an international survey (N = 6485) exploring people’s thoughts and psychosocial behaviours relating to COVID‐19. This paper reports UK data on comparative optimism. In particular, we examine the belief that negative events surrounding risk and recovery from COVID‐19 are perceived as more likely to happen to others rather than to oneself. Methods: Using online snowball sampling through social media, anonymous UK survey data were collected from N = 645 adults during weeks 5‐8 of the UK COVID‐19 lockdown. The sample was normally distributed in terms of age and reflected the UK ethnic and disability profile. Findings: Respondents demonstrated comparative optimism where they believed that as compared to others of the same age and gender, they were unlikely to experience a range of controllable (eg accidentally infect/ be infected) and uncontrollable (eg need hospitalization/ intensive care treatment if infected) COVID‐19‐related risks in the short term (P < .001). They were comparatively pessimistic (ie thinking they were more at risk than others for developing COVID‐19‐related infection or symptoms) when thinking about the next year. Discussion: This is the first ever study to report compelling comparative biases in UK adults’ thinking about COVID‐19 We discuss ways in which such thinking may influence adherence with lockdown regimes as these are being relaxed in the UK.

Last updated on hub: 15 October 2020

Compounding education disengagement: COVID-19 lockdown, the digital divide and wrap-around services

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to share reflections on the frontline delivery of a wrap-around secondary school re-engagement programme on compounding digital inequality during the COVID-19 lockdown. Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents a deliberative reflection on practice and policy lessons learned while negotiating the digital divide during the COVID-19 lockdown in the delivery of the yourtown education youth engagement programme. Findings: Frontline youth worker practice lessons highlight the compounding effect of digital inequality on vulnerable young people who are already disengaged or disengaging from secondary education and the necessity for a reflexive, agile and adaptable practice response, particularly during unprecedented events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Originality/value: This paper presents a wraparound service perspective and outlines important practice lessons gained from adapting an education re-engagement programme to respond to the COVID-19 lockdown in the Greater Brisbane area, Australia.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

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

Confinement of staff with residents in nursing homes: a solution against COVID-19?

The Coronarovirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic strongly affected accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) and was responsible for high mortality. During the March-May 2020 pandemic, 17 nursing homes in France organized periods of staff confinement with residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to reduce the risk of the SARS-CoV-2 virus entering their homes. establishments, in a context where visits to residents were prohibited. By means of a telephone survey of the directors of these nursing homes, this study observed that 16 nursing homes (94%) had no cases of Covid-19 among the residents, and that the mortality from Covid-19 was very low. compared to that recorded at national level by Public Health France (p <10 -4). In addition, the number of Covid-19 cases among the staff of these nursing homes was also lower than that recorded by Public Health France (p <10 -4 ). These establishments have experienced certain difficulties that the directors have managed to overcome and the investment of these teams has been widely appreciated by the families of the residents and through the press. Full citation: Joel Belmin, Nathavy Um Din, Sylvie Pariel, Carmelo Lafuente-Lafuente. Containment of nursing home staff with residents: a solution against Covid-19 ?. Geriatrics and Psychology Neuropsychiatry of Aging. 2020; 18 (3): 238-240. doi: 10.1684 / pnv.2020.0885.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

Connecting services, transforming lives: the benefits of technology-enabled care services

Public Policy Projects

This report explores how technology-enabled care services (TECS) can be used for the benefit of patients, carers and the health and care sector, and makes recommendations about how the UK can be at the forefront of use of TECS, particularly in an era of Covid-19. Section 1 establishes the types of TECS, including telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, and assistive technologies. TECS operate at a range of levels, from reactively responding to users’ needs through to predictive technologies which can identify an incident before it occurs. Section 2 explores how TECS are currently used in the UK, including the citizens’ appetite for such technology. It also quantifies the market potential of TECS and the Government’s policy towards these interventions. Section 3 categorises TECS into five types of service provision: teleconsultation, teletriage, telemonitoring, reminder technology and assistive technologies, and explains how each can be used. Section 4 highlights the benefits of embracing TECS, including improved patient experiences, better health outcomes, improved staff/carer experiences and lower cost of care. Section 5 explores TECS in the devolved nations. Section 6 looks at TECS internationally. Section 7 considers TECS in the era of Covid-19, and how the rapid adoption of some TECS as a result of the pandemic should be embedded into routine service offerings in the future. Section 8 highlights the barriers to uptake of TECS in the UK. Section 9 sets out what needs to be done to achieve the potential of TECS and makes recommendations, including calling for Government support to enable all health and care providers to achieve a minimum technology standard.

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

Consequences for the child welfare system in Catalonia

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

How has confinement by COVID-19 affected the welfare system for children and adolescents? The aim of this article is to reflect on the consequences of the global pandemic on the child welfare system, analysing the main consequences on children, adolescents and educational teams. The context of analysis focuses on the author's experiences in the child welfare system in Catalonia (Spain) during the pandemic, through his work as a social educator and researcher. The purpose of this article resides, therefore, in the reflection and subsequent proposals with the aim of redefining the system and improving the care of supervised children and adolescents.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Contact tracing: an opportunity for social work to lead

Citation: Ross A. M. et al. (2020). Contact Tracing: An Opportunity for Social Work to Lead. Social work in public health, 35(7), 533-545. Since the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) first emerged in December 2019, there have been unprecedented efforts worldwide to contain and mitigate the rapid spread of the virus through evidence-based public health measures. As a component of pandemic response in the United States, efforts to develop, launch, and scale-up contact tracing initiatives are rapidly expanding, yet the presence of social work is noticeably absent. This paper identifies the specialized skill set necessary for high quality contact tracing in the COVID-19 era and explore its alignment with social work competencies and skills. Described are current examples of contact tracing efforts, and an argument for greater social work leadership, based on the profession’s ethics, competencies and person-in-environment orientation is offered. In light of the dire need for widespread high-quality contact tracing, social work is well-positioned to participate in interprofessional efforts to design, oversee and manage highly effective front-line contact tracing efforts.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

Cornavirus and the social care sector: the long view

LaingBuisson

LaingBuisson webinar considers the complex set of immediate challenges to those working in the social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar provided a forum for an exchange of views based on the most up-to-the-minute information provided by some of the leading stakeholders from the social care sector. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: https://www.laingbuisson.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LaingBuisson-webinar-Social-Care-Long-Term-View-April-2020.pdf [Webinar recorded 16 April 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Carers UK

Carers UK hub of resources aimed at carers and those they care for during the Coronavirus pandemic. Includes links to: guidance, Frequently asked questions (FAQs), further support, protecting your mental wellbeing, A-Z of changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19, protecting who you care for, making a plan working and caring, staying safe - FAQs, managing food and medication and keeping active and well.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Government Digital Service

Main UK Government information hub for Coronavirus (COVID‑19) guidance and information includes: guidance and support, announcements, press conferences and speeches and statistics.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020