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Care leavers' well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic: key messages for leaving care workers

Coram Voice

An insight paper highlighting some of the ways that local authorities and staff are supporting care leavers during the Covid-19 pandemic. It also outlines tips for Personal Advisers and Leaving Care Services that are supporting care leavers. The paper highlights the importance of young people being able to get in touch with their workers easily.

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Distance recruitment tips: virtual interviewing

Skills for Care

Advice on distance recruitment and carrying out virtual interviews.

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Social connection in the COVID-19 crisis: initial report from the COVID-19 Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration

British Future

This report from the APPG Inquiry on Social Integration presents findings from Part One of the Inquiry to better understand the issues experienced under the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Inquiry examined who is at risk of social isolation; the barriers and challenges in reaching and supporting socially isolated groups; and identified examples best practice in relation to social connectedness. The findings show that many different people are at risk of social isolation in the COVID-19 crisis, and that people experience social isolation differently. Whist the crisis resulted in people feeling a greater sense of belonging in their local community, it is not clear if this will last. The report also shows that digital exclusion is a particular risk of social isolation, so there is need to use non-digital forms of communication in initiatives to reduce isolation. The crisis has also seen an increase in volunteering, including 'mutual aid' volunteering, which bridges the gap between formal and informal volunteering. The report concludes with short-term and long-term recommendations for action during and after the pandemic. These include an expansion of 'Digital champion' schemes, where volunteers support those who lack digital skills and confidence. When the current crisis period ends, the APPG urges a long-term commitment from the Government, educational institutions, employers and civil society to reduce digital exclusion.

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages

NHS England

Guidance for care providers and their teams who are planning for how best to manage their capacity across inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It aims to support existing contingency planning for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It outlines some principles that should be followed when responding to the pressures of COVID-19 in the mental health/learning disability and autism system and what should be considered in order to maximise capacity across services when needed. It also includes additional considerations specific to services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. The guidance will be relevant for a range of professionals, including commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience and others who may be involved in pathways of care.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS England

This document provides advice on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services. It covers key issues in relation to: the Mental Health Act 1983; the Mental Capacity Act 2005; the Care Act 2014 and restraint and restrictive practice. It also includes specific considerations for specialised mental health services, learning disability and autism services, and for mental health and the criminal justice system. The guidance is for commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience, clinical experts, independent chairs for Care and Education and Treatment Reviews, and others who may be involved in pathways of care. The document will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context. This is the second version of the guidance updated on 19 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Safeguarding for faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis. Part of the Safeguarding Training Fund; funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

The Children's Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children's Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Northern Ireland Assembly

These regulations, which apply to procedures within children’s social care in Northern Ireland, put in place emergency arrangements to protect looked after children, their families, foster parents and social care staff from the Coronavirus. They make temporary modifications to Health and Care Trusts’ statutory functions in respect of looked after children, including some children awaiting adoption, and care leavers. The modifications apply to certain Regulations made under the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. The regulations come into force on 7 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

COVID-19: Guidance to accompany the Children's Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children’s Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Guidance issued in conjunction with temporary modifications to Health and Care Trusts’ statutory functions in respect of looked after children, including some children awaiting adoption, and care leavers, which have been brought into effect by the Children’s Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children’s Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. The functions covered by the regulations include: visits by social workers to looked after children; reviews of foster carers, looked after children, care leavers and children placed or awaiting placement for adoption; approvals for foster carers and placements); and Secure Accommodation reviews.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Key issues for agencies in developing best practice for adoption and fostering panel virtual meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

The Government's Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into effect from 24 April. This guidance document sets out the relevant sections of the amended regulations and guidance for adoption and fostering panels. It also identifies learning from agencies as they are planning and holding adoption and fostering panels during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance looks at the implications for adoption and fostering, highlights the importance of panels in the decision-making process, identifies factors to consider when setting up a virtual panel, and provides information on managing the panel process.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Trauma, mental health and coronavirus: briefing 56. Supporting healing and recovery

Centre for Mental Health

A trauma-informed approach can help individuals and communities to recover following a crisis. This briefing explores the ideas of collective trauma and healing, and what a trauma informed approach to recovery from the coronavirus would look like. The pandemic will affect people in different ways. People who have already suffered distressing experiences, such as abuse, neglect, discrimination and oppression, are at higher risk of psychological harm and trauma from the adversity the coronavirus. Once the acute phase of the physical health crisis has passed, addressing these social and psychological consequences of coronavirus must be made a priority. The coronavirus pandemic has been a time of abrupt change, when many people will have felt isolated and disempowered at some point during the lockdown, and all will have experienced a loss. A trauma-informed approach aims to provide long-term, reliable support; and bring people together, rebuilding relationships, and giving all members of the community a voice in planning for recovery.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020