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Experiences of virtual children’s hearings: a rapid consultation

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland

Findings of a rapid consultation to identify key areas of focus for further strengthening the experience of virtual children’s hearings in Scotland. Children’s hearings are the primary forum in which issues of juvenile justice, care, and protection relating to children and young people are handled. Due to restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual hearings have taken place using video-conferencing technology. The study indicates that many of those involved felt that moving to virtual hearings was a positive step forward and offered advantages and beneficial opportunities to participants. These included a more familiar environment for young people parents and carers, reducing the time and cost of travel whilst ensuring the hearings could still go ahead, and that innovative practice had been established in trying to ensure everyone was listened to and able to take part. However, the findings also identified some aspects of virtual hearings that participants found more challenging and which impacted on their participation. These included accessing paperwork, confidential space for advocates and participants, and technological barriers. Fairness, how inclusive a virtual hearing can be, and the rights of children, were key concerns also raised for further development. The report identifies key areas of focus for continuous improvement where the experience of virtual hearings can be strengthened, including ensuring children and young people have the opportunity to speak to the panel on their own if they or the panel wish; ensuring participants are fully supported; and are given access to the paper ahead of the hearing.

Last updated on hub: 11 August 2020

Explanatory memorandum to The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Department for Education

This explanatory memorandum from the Department for Education describes the temporary changes made by the Statutory Instrument Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. The instrument temporarily amends 10 sets of Regulations relating to children’s social care to support services manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The changes aim to support services to manage the increased pressure on children’s social care and staff and carer shortages who are ill with coronavirus.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Exploiting isolation: offenders and victims of online child sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation

This report examines activities involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of children online and related offline crimes with a particular focus on how offenders have used their time during COVID-19 confinement to increase children’s vulnerability. The findings of this report are mainly based on contributions from Member States and Europol’s partner countries and input from a number of organisations. Key findings are: there have been significant increases in activity relating to child sexual abuse and exploitation on both the surface web and dark web during the COVID-19 lockdown period; travel restrictions and other measures during the pandemic have likely prevented offenders from travelling and so have shifted their focus to the exchange of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online; an increase in the number of offenders exchanging CSAM online during lockdown may have an impact on and stimulate demand for this type of material online beyond the lockdown; increases in detection and reporting of CSAM on the surface web during lockdown indicate the level of re-victimisation of children through the distribution of images and videos depicting them; consistent levels of activity by offenders on the dark web during lockdown reflects the ongoing organised business model that has evolved and the level of threat that it poses to children; society, including law enforcement, needs to focus on the self-generation of CSAM to ensure that children are protected from this type of exposure to harm; the increased circulation of CSAM during the COVID-19 pandemic will also increase the need for law enforcement to identify the victims depicted in it; it is critical to continue to promote preventive and educational initiatives in a coordinated and structural manner across Europe.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Exposed, silenced, attacked: failures to protect health and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Amnesty International UK

This report makes concrete recommendations for what governments across the world need to do to comply with their human rights obligations and adequately protect the rights of health and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the context of their occupational health and safety, health and essential workers face shortages and difficulties accessing PPE in several countries; they also experience challenges around remuneration and compensation, high workloads and associated anxiety and stress; in several countries, instead of being supported, they are facing reprisals from the state and from their employers for speaking out about their working conditions or for criticising the authorities’ response; they are subjected to social stigma and acts of violence from members of society because of the jobs they perform. The report makes a comprehensive set of recommendations to ensure health and essential workers are adequately protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. It calls on governments to ensure that employers provide all health and essential workers with adequate PPE to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with international standards; recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease; listen to and address essential workers’ safety concerns in an appropriate manner; investigate any attacks or acts of violence against health and essential workers; carry out comprehensive, effective and independent reviews regarding states’ and other actors’ preparedness for and responses to the pandemic, and provide effective and accessible remedies where there is evidence government agencies did not adequately protect human rights; and collect and publish data by occupation in order to ensure effective protection in the future.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Fair care work: a post Covid-19 agenda for integrated employment relations in health and social care

King's College London

This paper contributes to deliberations on fair care work, presenting policy options designed to address the challenges to employment relations in health and social care highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis. In general, the pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of many workers in modern labour markets adding weight to recent calls for action in dealing with the precarious nature of employment in the ‘Gig Economy’. The paper argues that the organisational difficulties faced in dealing with the virus have exposed a related but distinctive set of challenges for the management of health and social care workforce and maps the way forward along key dimensions of employment: migrant workers; pay determination; learning and development; and the nature and consequences of outsourcing. The paper sets out a model of fair care work based on four essential principles: integration, aligning the treatment of workers in health and social care; parity of esteem for workers employed by different types of service provider and across the occupational hierarchy; compliance to ensure the effective implementation of fair care work; and collective employee voice to guarantee employee interests are meaningfully aggregated and articulated.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts under Covid-19: a practice briefing

Centre for Justice Innovation

This briefing examines how the nine existing Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) across England are adapting to service delivery during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FDACs aim to provide a fairer way of running care proceedings for children at risk of significant harm due to parental drug and/ or alcohol misuse. It focuses on five key areas: Hearings, Issuing New Cases, Court Timescales, Direct Work, and Drug Testing. The briefing highlights the practical challenges facing practitioners, judges and families. It also provides examples of some of the solutions that have been developed by FDACs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It concludes that for many parents engaged in FDAC, the social distancing and other pressures of Covid-19 impacts their ability to achieve the changes needed for a successful outcome. Unable to access the full services and support, they are vulnerable to reverting to problematic behaviours.

Last updated on hub: 12 May 2020

Five key insights on COVID-19 and adult social care

The Health Foundation

Summarises key messages emerging from recent reports on COVID-19 and adult social care. The messages include: the impact of COVID-19 on social care has been devastating; there are multiple possible reasons for outbreaks in care homes; access to hospital and social care were reduced; central government support for social care was too slow and too narrow; the pandemic played out against a backdrop of political neglect.

Last updated on hub: 04 August 2020

Five principles for the next phase of the Covid-19 response

National Voices

This document sets out the principles that should underpin and guide the necessary shift from the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic into ongoing management of the problem, ensuring that the medium and long term response is transparent, accountable, and consensual. As a point of principle and accountability, decision makers must put people and their rights at the centre, engage with those citizens most affected by both the virus and lockdown restrictions and understand how lives are lived by those who have ‘underlying conditions.’ The five principles, which are endorsed by many health and social care charities in England, are: actively engage with those most impacted by the change; make everyone matter, leave no-one behind; confront inequality head-on; recognise people, not categories, by strengthening personalised care; and value health, care and support equally.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Flexible responses during the Coronavirus crisis: rapid evidence gathering

Cordis Bright

This report presents findings from a rapid gathering of evidence in relation to the responses to the Covid-19 pandemic by local services and systems supporting people experiencing multiple disadvantage across England. For many people facing multiple disadvantage a series of variations were put in place over this period in the support available to them, including in substance misuse services, criminal justice, homelessness and housing services, mental health services, and support for women. This rapid research sought to understand and document the types of changes, adaptations and flexibilities that have been introduced; how those decisions were reached and who was involved; the impact the changes are having on local services and systems and people facing multiple disadvantage; and what local areas are doing to evidence these changes. The study finds that positive impacts of the changes and flexibilities introduced include: clients adapting and engaging well; safe and sustained accommodation placements for rough sleepers; increased client autonomy; increased trust in individuals and services; increased engagement with substance misuse services; effective self-management of medication; positive mental health outcomes for some people where additional and appropriate support is available. The report also examines the negative impacts that local responses had on users of services, which include: social isolation, anxiety and poor mental health; people experienced ‘knock back’ to progress and improvement in outcomes prior to the crisis; loss of meaningful activity; less positive experiences of emergency accommodation; challenges of engaging in remote support; exclusion of vulnerable people who are not “verified” as rough sleeping.

Last updated on hub: 25 June 2020

Flipping social care: stepping into the unknown

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This briefing considers how social care can be seen as an investment in communities and not just as an unavoidable cost to society. The principle of ‘flipping social care’, which is the focus of the paper, is about recognising and valuing the economic benefits and opportunities that flow from a vibrant and well-resourced social care sector. Whilst acknowledging that Covid-19 has challenged the sector in countless ways, the paper suggests that the case for the sector as a driver for economic prosperity remains intact, and it is arguably stronger than before. The sector has long been wrestling with the fact that the solutions and approaches to health and care that are used today are unlikely to be sustainable as demand continues to grow – the pandemic is magnifying the challenge and accelerating the urgency with which this must be met. The paper sets out how the ‘flipping social care’ principle can be realised through a vision for adult social care in the West Midlands. This entails putting justice for the most vulnerable and marginalised citizens at the centre; ensuring decisions about local areas are entrusted to the people who live and work locally, have a track record and know what their communities need; delivering truly-integrated working across social care and health services; building a strong case for intelligent public investment in social care as a driver for economic prosperity as well as social wellbeing; moving away from offering care from buildings to planning support around a person’s strengths and needs; using data and technology to understand what people need and how to target help and support more effectively; and designing a new and better way to ensure social care staff are paid fairly for what they do and can work in a healthy, supported and flexible way.

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020