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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

Learning from COVID-19: a tool for capturing insights now to shape the future

Collaborate

COVID-19 has led to people working together in a new collective purpose, adopting radical new practice, and organising in new ways. Organisations involved in these changes are interested in learning from new practice today to sustain change for the future. This learning framework is for people working in organisations providing support to the public, such as local authorities and charities, to community groups and health services. It can be used to capture insights as they arise from new personal, organisational and community practices. The framework into two parts. Part one - Surfacing insights: has eight questions which can help you identify how you, your organisation, and the system are thinking and working in new ways. Part two - Deepening insights: short sets of questions focussed around five key themes, giving you the chance to reflect on learning more deeply.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020

Dementia in care homes and COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Helpful quick guide about COVID-19 and people living with dementia in care homes. Produced in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance provides advice for people working in adult social care on how they can manage their physical, mental, and financial wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also provides information that employers and managers can use to help build the resilience of their team and on how they can take care of the wellbeing of staff at work, including staff who are clinically 'extremely vulnerable'. It includes links to useful resources, organisations and examples of good practice.

Last updated on hub: 12 May 2020

Social care 360

King's Fund

Updated with 2018/19 data, this review of the adult social care outlines the state of the sector before the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic struck. It outlines and analyses 20 key trends in adult social care in England. The review is structured into six sections covering: access to services - who is accessing services and how this has changed over time; expenditure - how much is spent on social care and what's it costing councils; providers - numbers of nursing and residential home places; workforce and carers; quality and satisfaction ratings for adult social care; and how well social care is integrated with other services. It shows that the social care sector had been fragile for several years and that the unprecedented challenges for the sector in responding to Covid-19 started from this unsteady foundation.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic: addendum: safeguarding adults in placements

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance setting out additional considerations for social workers who are safeguarding adults in placements during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. These considerations aimed at preventing safeguarding issues and responding to them quickly. It is an addendum to recently published practice guidance by the British Association of Social Workers on safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This practice guidance, developed by the British Association of Social Workers, provides advice for social workers safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It reaffirms the purpose of safeguarding adults and identifies two main issues arising from the pandemic - additional concerns and risks and barriers to safeguarding adults. It outlines approaches that can support social workers to undertake their safeguarding role in Covid-19 and considers the specific support social workers may need. The guidance has been developed based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. Published date: 24 April 2020.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for social work in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for safe face to face social work practice within multi-disciplinary or multi-agency contexts during the coronavirus (Covid-19). It focuses on planning for and managing risk during Covid-19, working with people and families where someone is positive for Covid-19, negative or infection status unknown. It includes details of four key enablers for effective multi-disciplinary team working during the Covid-19 pandemic: good communication; approaches to decision making and co-ordination of care; organisational support; and enabling social workers to utilise their professional specific capabilities. The guidance is transferable across multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency contexts. Developed by the British Association for Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for end of life social work during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance to help social workers and their employers undertake social work at end of life during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It will help social workers think through the specific considerations around practice at end of life and help social workers to consider the specific support they may need. It also includes information about additional resources and support for people at end of life and in bereavement and their social workers. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. It draws on publication 'The role of social workers in palliative, end of life and bereavement care' (2016) by the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020