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Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Public Health England

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The advice covers helping children and young people cope with stress, supporting children and young people who are accessing mental health services, and coping with bullying. It also includes specific advice for those supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, Autistic children and young people, children or young people with physical health issues, and young carers. [Updated 16 March 2021]

Last updated on hub: 31 March 2020

Children of the pandemic: policies needed to support children during the COVID-19 crisis

Institute for Public Policy Research

A briefing paper outlining the steps that the Government needs to take to support of children and their families during the Covid-19 crisis. It argues the UK's social safety net needs to be strengthened and that children and families need access to essentials like outdoor space and digital access. Specific policy recommendations include: the right to paid parental leave for those who need to look after children under the government's coronavirus job retention scheme; increasing the child element of universal credit; an emergency one-off payment through child benefit to help families with additional costs; preventing educational disadvantage through the provision of broadband to children living in households without it; encouraging owners of private green spaces to offer open access to children and families in homes without a garden.

Last updated on hub: 31 March 2020

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It covers what can help your mental health and mental health, practical issues to consider about staying at home, and managing stress and anxiety. It also provides advice for groups with specific mental health needs, people with a learning disability, autistic people, older people, and people with dementia. The guidance will be updated in line with the changing situation. [Updated 14 September 2020]

Last updated on hub: 31 March 2020

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19: advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and young people

Emerging Minds

Brings together evidence-based advice for those supporting children and young people with worries about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It provides information on how to talk to children and young people about their worries and what to do when children have more serious worries or anxieties. Links to relevant resources are included throughout. The briefing has been produced by University of Reading's AnDY Research Group and University of Oxford's TOPIC Research Group.

Last updated on hub: 30 March 2020

Mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organization

Advice from the World Health Organisation on the considerations people should take to combat stress and support their mental and psychological well-being during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The advice covers considerations for the general population, health professionals and care workers, team leaders and managers, those caring for children or older people, and for people living in self-isolation.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020: chapter 7

UK Parliament

The Coronavirus Act makes provisions to enable the Government to respond to the covid-19 pandemic. It became law on 25 March, when it received Royal Assent. Key health and social care provisions in the Bill include: the emergency and temporary registration of health professionals and social workers; temporary modification of mental health and mental capacity legislation; changes in NHS and local authority care and support; and other public health measures.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Coronavirus Bill: explanatory notes

Department of Health and Social Care

Explanatory notes produced by the Department for Health and Social Care to assist readers of the Coronavirus Bill, as introduced in the House of Commons on 19 March 2020 (Bill 122) to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). The Notes explain what each part of the Bill will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Bill will affect existing legislation in this area. The Notes are not intended to be a comprehensive description of the Bill. Key health and social care provisions in the Bill include: the emergency and temporary registration of health professionals and social workers; temporary modification of mental health and mental capacity legislation; and changes in NHS and local authority care and support.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Coronavirus Bill

UK Parliament

This Bill makes provisions in connection with coronavirus (COVID-19). Key health and social care provisions in the Bill include: the emergency and temporary registration of health professionals and social workers; temporary modification of mental health and mental capacity legislation; changes in NHS and local authority care and support; and other public health measures.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Coronavirus: information for people affected by dementia

Alzheimer's Society

Advice and information for people who are living with dementia and their carers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice for carers who live with a person with dementia, information on how best to support someone living alone and tips for supporting for someone living with dementia from a distance. The guide also includes activity ideas, including online and digital activities; and links to additional resources.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes

British Geriatrics Society

Good practice guidance developed to help care home staff, and NHS staff who work with them, to support care home residents through the coronavirus pandemic. Sections cover: identifying residents who may have COVID-19 and how to respond; isolating residents; advance care planning; decisions about escalation of care to hospital; and supporting care home residents and staff.[First published: 30 March 2020; Last updated: 02 June 2020, version 3].

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

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