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Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus): domestic abuse and risks of harm within the home: second report of session 2019-21

Parliament. House of Commons. Home Affairs Committee

A report of a brief inquiry by the Home Affairs Committee into the risk of domestic abuse and child abuse within the home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence suggests that contacts to domestic abuse helplines have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with incidents becoming more complex and serious, with higher levels of physical violence and coercive control. The inquiry calls for a wider cross-Government strategy to tackle domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. It recommends any national action plan should include access to information and support, outreach and prevention, funding for support services including specialist and Black and Minority Ethnic services, housing support and refuge accommodation, and a criminal justice response. In addition to the national strategy, local authorities should also produce local action plans as part of their emergency Covid-19 planning. The Committee also recommend that the Government provide an emergency funding package for support services for domestic abuse and vulnerable children.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Coronavirus, people's voice and advocacy: a myth buster

VoiceAbility

This guide debunks the myths and misunderstandings that could prevent people from getting access to advocacy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guide is primarily aimed at advocates and may also be useful to health and social care professionals, people who use health and social care services and their relatives and friends.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Ending the divide: Implications of COVID 19 for the Government's health and social care agenda

Policy Exchange

This paper explores the potential impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Government's future health and social care policy. It argues that the coronavirus proves the artificiality of the funding divide between the NHS and social care. It calls for the Government’s recent promises on social care - cross-party talks and a manifesto pledge that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it - to be strengthened.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic: what are the potential benefits to people's well-being?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This paper explores why people might be motivated to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, what they might gain from doing so, and what lessons the NHS can learn in harnessing public enthusiasm to offer assistance. It identifies weak evidence linking volunteering to positive well-being. It concludes that in order to benefit, people may need to feel that what they do is likely to make a difference and that it is valued. This suggests that reciprocity may be important for someone to continue volunteering and to gain psychologically from it.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Maximising mobility in older people when isolated with COVID-19

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review focusing on how to maximise mobility in older people who are isolated at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The review has four key messages: there is some evidence that doing movement and exercise can reduce elements of frailty; a mixture of resistance, strength and balancing exercises seem most effective for older people; adding a social element to exercise may improve adherence and motivation and may also minimise risk of depression and anxiety; there may also be a role for technology to support exercise programs via e.g. internet, video games, media broadcasts or phone calls.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Can social prescribing support the COVID-19 pandemic?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This document looks at how social prescribing can be implemented within the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It finds that although there is limited evidence on how social prescribing can be best implemented within the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are an increasing array of anecdotal accounts that suggest the importance of maintaining community connectedness during this time.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

How can pandemic spreads be contained in care homes?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review of evidence to examine how pandemic spreads, such as the coronavirus, can be contained in care homes. It considers: human resources, nursing activities and medication, and external visitors. The review, carried out on behalf of the Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Team, found that the effectiveness of infection control measures is dependent upon a number of factors and a combination of strategies. The most significant factors were identified as: hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and decontamination and cleaning, avoiding staff rotation and allocating staff to one facility consistently, restricting visitors, and testing which creates rapid response to contain and prevent further spread.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK

Public Health England

Guidance for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during sustained coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in the UK. It explains how PPE guidance applies to the homecare (domiciliary care) setting and is drawn from full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE guidance. The guidance is primarily for care workers and providers delivering care in visiting homecare, extra care housing and live-in homecare settings. [Published 27/04/202. Updated 15/06/2020]

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from the Coronavirus Act 2020

Local Government Association

A guide to the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and to new, modified or suspended local government powers and duties applicable to local authorities in England and Wales. It lists powers and duties and provides details of the relevant section of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

COVID-19: pre-employment vetting guidance health and social care providers

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

This guidance explains temporary changes to pre-employment vetting policy for health and social care roles during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to make it quicker for employers to do this so that new or temporary staff and volunteers can be put in place at short notice.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020