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COVID-19: guidance for 16-21+ jointly commissioned supported accommodation settings

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

Guidance for providers of jointly commissioned/funded supported accommodation projects for young people aged 16-21+ in Northern Ireland to support planning and preparation for widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance sets out key messages, and includes information on: what to do if someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if someone refuses to self-isolate, use of shared spaces, hygiene and infection control, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Emergency Code of Practice: Coronavirus Act 2020 Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

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

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and temporary Regulations makes amendments to the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 and the supporting Regulations. The temporary provisions relax some of the requirements of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, to ensure that persons can still be deprived of liberty during the pandemic crisis when staff availability may be significantly reduced. This Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how the amendments operate. Emergency forms and a reporting template for Health and Social Care Trusts have also been created.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Covid-19 and early intervention: evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery

The Early Intervention Foundation

In response to the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on public services across the UK, this rapid review looks at evidence on the virtual and digital delivery of interventions for children and young people. It focuses on interventions in five areas of children's outcomes: mental health and wellbeing; substance misuse; crime, violence and antisocial behaviour; risky sexual behaviour and teen pregnancy; and child maltreatment. The review also highlights the challenges and risks associated with virtual and digital delivery, and provides the findings from a survey asking intervention developers and providers about their response to the coronavirus crisis. The programmes identified in the review covered a wide range of delivery models, from one to-one or group-based services to unguided self-help programmes, games and apps. Key messages from review include that virtual and digital interventions that are tailored to the individual and involve regular contact with a practitioner are more likely to be effective. The final chapter provides recommendations for developers, providers and commissioners about what the findings mean for how they support vulnerable children and young people during the pandemic and beyond.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Care fit for carers: ensuring the safety and welfare of NHS and social care workers during and after COVID-19

Institute for Public Policy Research

This report provides new evidence on the experience of the healthcare workforce during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to date. It draws on the results of an Institute for Public Policy Research//YouGov polling of health and care workers and the general public and a consultation with experts and professionals. The findings show that without further action by the UK government and NHS England, the country’s health care workforce will face significant health, mental health and welfare challenges. The report outlines five guarantees that it believes the UK government should give to support frontline healthcare staff now and into post-Covid-19 recovery These are: a safety guarantee - the provision of sufficient PPE and an expansion of priority testing; an accommodation guarantee- ; a mental health guarantee - with an expansion of priority access to therapy; a pay guarantee - ensuring that no health and care professional is paid less than the real living wage; and a care guarantee - keeping care workers in work by funding more childcare provision.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

We're all in this together? Local area profiles of child vulnerability

Children’s Commissioner for England

Using the Children’s Commissioner for England’s local area profiles of child vulnerability, this report looks at the different ways in which children can be vulnerable and at risk under lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It highlights children who were vulnerable due to difficulties in their families before lockdown, such as parental mental health problems or children with SEND children at risk or suffering harm; children in care; and children who are at risk of falling behind in education. The analysis provides a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and how many children in their area fall into those groups. It also provides a framework for central government to target additional resources at the areas most in need.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Explanatory memorandum to The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Department for Education

This explanatory memorandum from the Department for Education describes the temporary changes made by the Statutory Instrument Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. The instrument temporarily amends 10 sets of Regulations relating to children’s social care to support services manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The changes aim to support services to manage the increased pressure on children’s social care and staff and carer shortages who are ill with coronavirus.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

UK Parliament

This statutory instrument makes amendments to 10 sets of Regulations to assist the children’s social care sector during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes the relaxation of a range of duties relating to children in care, such as visits by social workers and independent reviews. The amended regulations come into force on 4th April 2020 and cease to have effect on the 25th September 2020.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for home visits during Covid-19 Pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance has been produced to help social workers and their employers manage the risks of home visits during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It aims to help social workers keep themselves safe and reduce risks of infection during home visits, enable social workers to fulfil their duties without undue risk, and minimise the risk of infection of others by social workers entering homes. It covers key issues to consider when planning a home visit, during a visit, and action to take immediately after a home visit. The key principles may also be helpful for social workers planning and carrying out face to face activities in other settings, such as hospitals or care homes during Covid-19. It does not cover social care workers who are providing hands-on personal care. The guidance has been developed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in consultation with practitioners, managers and sector leaders and is applicable for all social workers across the UK. It will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides information to help people with caring responsibilities to keep people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, support people with learning disabilities to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and information on protecting carers' own wellbeing. It draws on more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), which will continue to be updated with resources to support those who care for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance includes information on keeping people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, supporting them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and helping staff protect their own wellbeing. It includes links to relevant resources. It builds on the COVID-19 adult social care action plan and more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020