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COVID-19 and the impact on low income and disadvantaged families: results from Children in Wales’ August 2020 survey

Children in Wales

Findings of a survey seeking to find out how Coronavirus has impacted on low income and disadvantaged families. Given the extensive research that has already been undertaken in Wales, the aim was to fill the gaps in knowledge, specifically around food insecurity; digital inclusion; and income and employment and to use the findings to inform policy change in Wales. 42% of respondents said food insecurity was an issue for the children they worked with; 64% said digital inclusion was an issue for the children and families they worked with; and 86% said income and employment was an issue for the children and families they worked with.

Last updated on hub: 29 October 2020

COVID-19 and the MCA 2005

Mental Capacity Law and Policy

This page includes resources relating to COVID-19 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It offers an overview of DHSC, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and CQC guidance. It also signposts to additional guidance from the Social Care Institute for Excellence, NICE and ADASS. The key message is that the MCA 2005 is not, itself, changed by the current circumstances. Nothing in the Coronavirus Act 2020 (for instance) changes the obligations imposed under it. However, the Act is having to be applied in a different context, which will require all those involved to think creatively about how to secure its core principles, as well as to be clear as to when a particular option is simply not available so that it does not fall for consideration as part of any best interests decision-making process.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health: forecasting needs and risks in the UK: July 2020

Centre for Mental Health

This briefing draws on international evidence to provide an assessment of the economic impacts of Covid-19 and their implications for public mental health. It also reviews evidence relating to the criminal justice system and to young adults and the potential longer-term psychological impacts of rising youth unemployment. Research has identified specific groups of people facing higher risks to their mental health at this time, including the families of people treated in intensive care, people with existing mental or physical health conditions, and pregnant women. There is also evidence that people with existing mental health difficulties have been experiencing a worsening of their mental health during the pandemic. The impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental health is greater in areas and communities hardest hit by the virus and by lockdowns. Children from low income families, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and young carers are all more likely to experience poor mental health as a result of the pandemic. Children’s mental health has been affected by disruptions to their education, compounded by reduced access to support for their mental health. The paper makes a number of recommendations for action to protect the nation’s mental health, including: targeting mental health resources where they are most needed; proactively protecting the mental health of children and young people; facilitating a psychologically informed return to school; providing additional mental health support for groups facing further risks; improving safety in the criminal justice system; and supporting young people seeking employment.

Last updated on hub: 27 August 2020

Covid-19 and the nation's mental health. Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: May 2020

Centre for Mental Health

This briefing uses evidence from existing research about the likely impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of the UK population and the groups which face the highest risks to their mental health as a result of the crisis. It uses evidence from previous epidemics internationally and from the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis to develop estimates. The analysis indicates that approximately half a million more people will experience a mental health difficulty over the next year. Those whose mental health will be put at risk as a result of the virus and the lockdown include people who have been bereaved, those who have received intensive hospital treatment for the virus, and staff working in health and care services. People facing violence and abuse, people with long-term health conditions, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and people with existing mental health difficulties face an especially high risk to their mental health. The paper makes four recommendations for action to protect the nations mental health, which include: for the Government and Public Health England to provide advice to organisations on trauma-informed approaches to help people who use and work in them following the lockdown and for the NHS to develop a proactive and tailored offer of mental health support to those affected by Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 19 May 2020

Covid-19 and the Northern Powerhouse: tackling inequalities for UK health and productivity

Northern Health Science Alliance

This report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the health and economic inequalities between the Northern Powerhouse and the rest of England. It conservatively estimates the economic cost of the increased mortality in the North during the pandemic at £6.86bn and the reductions in mental health in the region due to the pandemic at around £5bn a year. The increased mortality rates remain significant even after accounting for deprivation, ethnicity and the age-structure of the population. Figures show austerity simultaneously put the region in a more vulnerable position by reducing health and wellbeing, and cost the UK around £2bn a year in lost productivity, with over £16bn lost since 2011. Key findings include: an extra 57.7 more people per 100,000 died in the Northern Powerhouse than the rest of England between March and July and this could cost the UK economy an additional £6.86bn in reduced productivity; mental and financial wellbeing was hardest hit in the Northern Powerhouse, as was loneliness; reductions in mental wellbeing in the Northern Powerhouse could cost the UK economy up to £5 billion in reduced productivity; austerity disproportionately affected the Northern Powerhouse, particularly areas of high deprivation which led to reduced productivity; reductions in the core spending power of local authorities in the Northern Powerhouse by £1 per-head cost £3.17 per-head in lost productivity, equivalent to around a £2bn loss in GDP per-year, or £16bn between 2011 and 2018; pre-pandemic child health, a key predictor of life-long health and economic productivity, was poor and deteriorating in the Northern Powerhouse - since the pandemic, adverse trends in poverty, education, employment and mental health for children and young people have been exacerbated; economic outcomes, particularly unemployment rates, were hardest hit in the Northern Powerhouse.

Last updated on hub: 25 November 2020

COVID-19 and the VCSE mental health sector: briefing paper

Association of Mental Health Providers

This briefing paper outlines the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on services provided by the voluntary and community mental health sector and the people that they work with and for. Based on conversations with members of the Association of Mental Health Providers, the briefing highlights the challenges that are being faced by provider organisations and identifies nine priority areas that require urgent attention from Government. The priority areas: rising service demands; workforce; loss of access to care coordinators; infection control; commissioning and collaboration with statutory services; advocacy services; adapting service delivery; changes to legislation; and sustainability of the VCSE sector. It makes recommendations for action to enable the VCSE mental health sector to continue to support people with mental health needs, the local communities, and the NHS during and after the pandemic. These include the need to expand services to meet current need, the identification of new services to meet demand and a clear strategy for delivering services post COVID-19. ,

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020

COVID-19 and the wellbeing of the adult social care workforce: evidence from the UK

Personal Social Services Research Unit

The coronavirus pandemic has badly hit the social care sector in Britain. The impact on the health of care recipients, and the operation of care settings has been well documented. However, the experience of the social care workforce has been less fully explored. This report presents and discusses the findings from a ‘pulse’ survey of care workers undertaken in July/August 2020. We show that many care workers experienced increased workloads, reduced feelings of safety at work, and increased levels of stress, some of which significantly differed by care setting. However, many remained committed to the sector, despite the challenges. The results highlight the need for the development of tailored practical strategies and guidance to support care workers' wellbeing at work. An adequate level of supply of relevant equipment and testing along with relevant training remain crucial for both the workforce and service quality. While the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the effect of long-standing cracks in the social care sector, an urgent response is required to maintain the ability of the sector and its workforce to meet the escalating demands for social care.

Last updated on hub: 07 December 2020

COVID-19 and violence against women: what the health sector/system can do

World Health Organization

Violence against women remains a major global public health and women’s health threat during emergencies. This short document provides some key information about what the health sector and individuals can do during to prevent and address violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes tips for coping with stress at home and actions to take if family members are experiencing violence.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

COVID-19 and violence against women: What the health sector/system can do

World Health Organization

Briefing that covers how COVID-19 can exacerbate risks of violence for women. Also covers what can be done to address violence against women during the COVID-19 response and tips for coping with stress at home and actions to take if you or your family members are experiencing violence.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19 and youth living in poverty: the ethical considerations of moving from in-person interviews to a Photovoice using remote methods

Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

COVID-19 hit and instantaneously research using in-person methods were paused. As feminist and critical social work scholars and researchers, the authors began to consider the implications of pausing their ongoing project exploring the provisioning and resilience of youth living in low-income, lone mother households. Reflexively, the authors wondered how the youth, families, and issues they were connected to would be impacted by the pandemic. They were pulled into both ethical and methodological questions. While the procedural ethics of maintaining safety were clear, what became less clear were the relational ethics. What was brought into question were their own social positions and roles and responsibilities in their relationships with young people. For both ethical and methodological reasons, the original research scope was expanded from in-person interviews to include a photovoice to be executed using online, remote methods. This article, discusses those ethical and methodological tensions. The first part, discusses the relational ethics that propelled the authors to commit to expanding their work, while in the second part, discusses the move to combining photovoice and remote methods.

Last updated on hub: 08 October 2020