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Moving practice online: knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid -19 context

A summary of responses to a knowledge exchange held with social service practitioners in New Zealand on how they were adapting their practice to ensure physical distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Practitioners described many ways that their processes, practices and technologies were changing in order to continue their work. The document provides a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of practice adaptation and a list of ideas from practitioners. Four areas of practice adaptation are covered: engaging in direct practice - including managing potential risks related to heightened family stresses and the possibilities of family violence; managing service user pathways, including managing new referrals; ethical and cultural issue, such as balancing user needs with the need to reduce the spread of the virus; and staff issues relating to staff protections, work practices that reduce spread of the virus.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

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

House of Commons Library

Briefing paper providing information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children. The paper address: whether children move between the homes of separated parents; how parents comply with court-orders for contact; the impact on child maintenance payments; whether parents can visit children in a residential children's home; options if a parent,s child contact centre is closed; and sources of help and advice.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department for Education

Guidance on temporary changes to the law on education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments and plans in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides a summary of these legislative changes and sets out the key implications for those who play a part in the processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans. It also confirms which key elements of the processes over EHC needs assessments and plans are unchanged. This includes that a local authority must still consider requests for a new EHC needs assessment, must secure all of the required advice and information in order to be able to issue a plan, and must have regard to the views and wishes of a child, the child’s parent or a young person when carrying out its SEND functions under the Children and Families Act 2014. [First published 30 April. Last updated 29 May 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Surviving the pandemic: new challenges for adult social care and the social care market. Discussion paper

Institute of Public Care

This discussion paper looks at how councils have avoided the predicted collapse over the period of austerity and highlights new problems that have emerged during the coronavirus (Covid -19) pandemic. Drawing on the authors previous papers, it explores these new problems facing providers of care homes and home care, and asks how the care provider sector can survive after the pandemic. It identifies the risk to the care provider market and the need for councils to find ways of managing increased demand.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Out of sight? Vulnerable young people: COVID-19 response

National Youth Agency

This report highlights the scale of young people’s needs which have increased or been caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It focuses on supporting and safeguarding vulnerable young people aged 8-19 with: ‘Known’ vulnerabilities amplified by COVID-19; At risk’ vulnerabilities exacerbated by COVID-19; and ‘Emerging’ vulnerabilities caused or triggered by COVID-19. The report draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England and includes the views of partners and young people from across the youth sector. It identifies increased mental health problems, missing from education, increased risk at home, homelessness, self-harm and suicide, poverty, risky behaviours in potentially unsafe environments as key vulnerabilities for young people. It also identifies the potential role of youth work in alleviating these risks. It makes recommendations for Government to recognise youth services as an essential key service, and to encourage local authorities, children’s services and academy trusts to engage, deploy and up-skill youth workers in support of young people.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

COVID-19: rapid care technology deployment tool

Local Government Association

This online tool, developed by the Care and Health Improvement Programme in partnership with RETHINK Partners, aims to support adult social care teams seeking to use and deploy care technology quickly part of their coronavirus (COVID-19) response. The first part of the tool outlines the challenges facing adult social care service users and carers, and how these are potentially being addressed by local councils. Key challenges covered include: reduced care capacity, hospital discharge, telecare continuity, digital exclusion, impact on carers, and mitigating the long-term impact of COVID-19 during the recovery period. For each challenge, the tool considers the underlying causes and their impact as well as potential care technology responses. The second part, the Mobilisation guide, provides practical suggestions on how to extend existing or implement new technology solutions. Areas covered include identifying service users, care providers, and information governance. The guide will be updated practical case studies from the sector.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This rapid overview of reviews identifies evidence from systematic reviews on infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory illness (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care. The results of the included systematic reviews suggest that high quality evidence supports treating residents with antiviral chemoprophylaxis with adamantine, as well as adamantine in combination with personal protective equipment. For the rest of the strategies, there was either no evidence of effectiveness (e.g., social isolation) or mixed evidence of effectiveness (e.g., rimantadine, zanamivir, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment). The mixed evidence on hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment does not imply these should not be used in outbreaks.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Guidelines for preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

The findings of a rapid review of clinical practice guidelines to identify infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory viruses (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and older in long-term care settings. The review found, that recommendations from current guidelines seem to support environmental measures for infection prevention and antiviral chemoprophylaxis for infection management as the most appropriate first-line response to viral respiratory illness in long-term care. The review notes that the findings should be treated with caution as it is unclear how many of these guidelines are based on the best available evidence due to their poor overall quality.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Kinship carers' experiences during the coronavirus crisis

Family Rights Group

This report, produced by the Family Rights Group on behalf of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, looks at the experiences faced by kinship care households as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. It also makes recommendations on the urgent action Government, local authorities and other agencies need to take to support kinship carers during the crisis. It provides the results of a survey completed by more than 660 kinship carers across England and Wales. Most respondents were grandparents raising their grandchildren and four in ten are single carers. The report provides details of questions from the survey and responses, including illustrative quote. It also makes recommendations to increase support for kinship carers to prevent the breakdown of placements. These include financial support to reduce financial hardship, legal and practical advice and support for kinship care households; and educational support for children in kinship care.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others?

Institute for Fiscal Studies

This report brings together evidence on the unequal health and economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK's minority ethnic groups. It presents information on risk factors for each of the largest minority groups in England and Wales: white other, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, black African and black Caribbean. The analysis focuses on risk factors in terms of both infection risk and economic vulnerability. The analysis shows the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are not uniform across ethnic groups, and that understanding why these differences exist is crucial for thinking about the role policy can play in addressing inequalities. The report looks at the risk factors of demographics, geography - the location where people live, occupation, and the risk of underlying health conditions. The analysis also shows that many ethnic minorities are also more economically vulnerable to the current crisis than are white ethnic groups, with more men from minority groups likely to be affected by the shutdown.

Last updated on hub: 05 May 2020