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Coronavirus: separated families and contact with children in care FAQs (UK)

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper provides information in response to key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children. It addresses: whether children move between the homes of separated parents; how parents should comply with a court-orders for contact; how are child maintenance payments impacted; can I visit my child in care/residential home; alternative arrangements when child contact centres are; and sources of help and advice. The paper notes that it is a fast-moving issue and the information was correct at the time of publication. [Updated 18 January 2021].

Last updated on hub: 03 June 2020

Coronavirus: support for household finances

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper outlines the measures introduced by the Government, and other authorities, to support household finances during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It covers: support for workers; support in the welfare and benefit system; support with the cost of living, including in relation to households’ ability to access food and food banks; and support for the charities and voluntary organisations.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Coronavirus: support for rough sleepers (England)

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper outlines the measures taken in England to support rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It discusses the impact of these measures and stakeholder comment. Contents include: Contents: support for rough sleepers; impact of measures to support rough sleepers; government policies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; background information on rough sleeping and homelessness in the UK. Rough sleepers are vulnerable to coronavirus (Covid-19); they are more likely to have underlying health conditions than the wider population and to face difficulties in following public health advice on self-isolation, social distancing and hygiene. They can also face barriers in accessing public health information and healthcare. Shared facilities used by rough sleepers – such as day centres, hostels and night shelters – increase the risk of transmission of the virus. The Covid-19 outbreak in spring 2020 prompted an unprecedented public health response from the UK Government, local authorities and the voluntary sector to protect the rough sleeping population. [Last updated 14 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 25 November 2020

Coronavirus: supporting pupils’ mental health and well-being

National Association of Head Teachers

This guidance aims to help school leaders and their staff, in all phases of education, support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, by outlining some universal approaches for all pupils and for with those with low-level mental health needs. The guide covers the impact of coronavirus pandemic on children and young peoples’ mental health and well-being; how the experiences of COVID-19 and lockdown might affect pupils when they return to school; how to support pupils to readjust, recover and move forwards; fear, anxiety and uncertainty; transitions; relationships; self-regulation, concentration and engagement; what schools and teachers can do through PSHE education; and supporting the well-being of school staff. The guide recognises that coronavirus is amplifying the inequalities associated with social determinants of mental and physical health. Several social and economic factors (e.g. poverty and separation from parents and carers) make some young people more vulnerable to the mental health challenges of the pandemic. Children and young people from homes where domestic abuse is a concern are at increased risk of mental health difficulties.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Coronavirus: the lockdown laws

House of Commons Library

This Commons Library briefing paper describes the law enforcing the UK's coronavirus lockdown, covering social distancing, self-isolation and shielding. It discusses police enforcement of the lockdown and legal commentary of the lockdown rules.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Could we have done better with COVID-19 in nursing homes?

Editorial. Analysis from the first wave of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to identify which features of long-term care (LTC) did and did not work. The editorial covers: organization and structure limitations; lack of infection control; education via e-learning; insufficient human resources; emotional burden of the staff; ethical crisis; lack of plan for a crisis situation. Citation: Szczerbinska, K. Could we have done better with COVID-19 in nursing homes?. European Geriatric Medicine 11, 639–643 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41999-020-00362-7

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

COVID 19 deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities: summary

Public Health England

Summarises findings of a review that looked at: deaths from COVID-19 of people with learning disabilities; factors impacting the risk of death from COVID-19 of people with learning disabilities; deaths in care settings of people with learning disabilities. The key finding of this study was that people with learning disabilities had significantly and substantially higher death rates in the first wave of COVID19 in England than the general population. Making no allowance for the younger age and different sex ratio of people with learning disabilities, the rate of deaths notified to LeDeR in this group was 2.3 times the death rate in the general population. If this figure is adjusted to allow for the likely level of under-notification to LeDeR it was 3.5 times the general population rate. After standardisation for age and sex the rate calculated just from notifications to LeDeR was 4.1 times the general population rate. Adjusting for the likely level of under-notification it was 6.3 times the general population rate. The total number of deaths in adults with learning disabilities for the 11 weeks from 21 March to 5 June was 2.2 times the average number for the corresponding period in the 2 previous years. By contrast, the number of deaths in the general population was 1.5 times the average for the 2 previous years. Deaths with COVID-19 in adults with learning disabilities were spread more widely across the age groups than those in the general population. As in the general population, the COVID-19 death rate in people with learning disabilities was higher for men than for women. The overall increase in deaths was also greater in Asian or Asian-British, and Black or Black-British people. Residential care homes providing care for people with learning disabilities do not appear to have had the very high rates of outbreaks of COVID-19 seen in homes providing care for other groups, mainly older people. This appears to be related to their smaller number of beds.

Last updated on hub: 16 November 2020

Covid 19, low incomes and poverty

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This summary provides an overview of recent evidence relating to Covid 19, low incomes and poverty. It is based on the findings of a search for academic research and grey literature using a wide range of search terms including: Covid-19, poverty, low incomes, deprivation, unemployment, health inequalities, housing, school closures, food poverty, fuel poverty, benefits system. The paper reveals that those living with socio-economic disadvantages and inequalities are more likely to experience poorer health, housing and education, lower income, and lack of access to quality outdoor space, all things most immediately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Poorer groups also have additional barriers as those who traditionally support them – friends and family, care groups and charities – may also experience a crisis or be unavailable. The report highlights the additional hardship for carers and those they care for – they are often already living on lower incomes so anything that stretches, reduces or removes it altogether will cause further deprivation. The need to maintain a focus on the gendered impact of the crisis is also highlighted – social isolation policies, and thus the current lockdown, increases women’s vulnerability to domestic abuse, with financial dependence and poverty as primary risk factors. The evidence also shows that structural inequalities put Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) groups at much higher risk of illness from Covid-19, and facing harsher economic impacts from government measures to deal with the virus.

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020

COVID 19: guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into the delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the need for co-ordination between care providers, the voluntary sector and PHA; making best use of the workforce; and access to PPE. It is aimed at HSC trusts and registered providers of care and support delivered to people in their own homes, including supported living arrangements. It also contains information about informal carers and about carers employed through Direct Payments.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

COVID 19: how to work safely in care homes

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice for care workers working in care homes on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the period of sustained transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. This resource, which has been designed to be accessible to both care workers and providers, has four sections containing: recommendations on the use of PPE for a range of relevant contexts; explanation concerning recommendations and frequently asked questions; specialist advice relating to care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism; and case scenarios designed to illustrate appropriate use of PPE in practice. It should be read in conjunction with the full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE government guidance. [Published 17 April 2020; Last updated 7 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020