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Leave no family behind: strengthening Local Welfare Assistance during Covid-19

The Children's Society

Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) provide a rapid means for councils to support low-income households in times of financial crisis. Using data from freedom of information requests this report highlights how spend on local welfare provision has continued to fall across the country, with fewer applications and awards being made to LWAS. The report also shares examples of how councils and voluntary and community sector organisations are working to meet increased demand for local welfare provision in response to COVID-19. The report calls for government to ensure that local authorities have the funding and resources to effectively deliver LWAS in partnership with voluntary and community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

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 occuring 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

The role of the children in care social worker during the covid-19 crisis and exploring the utilisation of video messaging for younger children in foster care

John Finn, writing in the ‘Irish Social Work’ blog, explores using video messaging for for younger children in foster care.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Local responses on supporting care leavers during COVID-19

Department for Education

This document looks at how local authorities are responding to the additional challenges they are facing in supporting care leavers during COVID-19. It sets out key issues and provides examples of local practice identified through consultations with the Department of Education's independent National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers. Some of the examples were gathered before the Department published operational guidance for Children’s Social Services and before the Education Secretary’s announcement of support for care leavers on 19 April. Issues identified included: loneliness; financial and practical support; accommodation; and providing support to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social

Public Health England

Guidance providing advice on the management of staff, patients or residents in health and social care settings according to their exposure, symptoms and test results for COVID-19. It includes information on: what to do if staff develop symptoms of COVID-19; staff return to work criteria; patient exposures in hospital; and resident who have been exposed to COVID-19 in care settings. The guidance has been updated to include: information on the test and trace service; and information on the risk assessment for staff in the event of personal protective equipment (PPE) breaches. [Published 4 April 2020. Last updated 6 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 08 June 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

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)

SafeLives

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