COVID-19 resources

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Webinar recording: COVID-19 and the Care Act 2014

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar looked at how the principles of the legislation can stay in place with the COVID-19 pandemic putting services under strain.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Rapid report: how mental health social workers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Think Ahead

This report looks at how mental health services, and the social workers within these teams, are responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Based on a series of interviews with mental health social workers, the report explains the challenges services and professionals are facing and how mental health teams are transforming their work. Key findings show how services are reconfiguring roles to prepare for increased pressures, the challenges of digital contact with service users, the introduction of new forms of support for service users and the need to support staff welfare. The report also highlights examples of good practice from across the country.

Last updated on hub: 23 April 2020

Survey results: understanding people's concerns about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Academy of Medical Sciences

This report describes the findings of a consultation with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their supporters and the general public, which took place in late March 2020, the week that the UK went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The consultation asked about people's concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what had been helping their mental health and wellbeing at that time. In total, 2,198 people took part in the stakeholder survey (including people with lived experience of mental health issues and health and social care professionals) and 1,099 people in the survey of the general population. Priority concerns about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health included anxiety; isolation; difficulties in accessing mental health support and services; and concerns about the impact of the pandemic on family members and family relationships.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Supporting mental health in communities during the coronavirus crisis: bringing together voluntary, community and statutory services

Centre for Mental Health

This briefing looks at how statutory service commissioners and providers are working with the voluntary and community sector to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It also provides practical advice on how to build effective partnerships locally. This includes recognising the value of different contributions and their role in preventing later crises; supporting smaller organisations that work with high risk groups or those who find mainstream services less helpful; maintaining safeguarding to protect people at risk of abuse; and valuing organisations that provide key functions such as supported housing, advocacy and support. It concludes with recommendations for NHS and local authority commissioners when working with the voluntary and community sector to help them to maximise their contribution without jeopardising their longer-term sustainability.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Department of Health and Social Care

Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers who support and deliver care via direct payments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the steps people employing personal assistants, or who buy care and support via direct payments, should take; and what to do if they or their personal assistant is concerned that they may have COVID-19. It also sets out what local authorities and clinical commissioning groups should do to support people who use direct payments to ensure they can continue to maintain their care and support. The guidance is accompanied by frequently asked questions and answers. The guidance was updated to include an easy read version, addition of case studies, a new sections on PPE, testing and the flexible use of direct payments on 10 June 2020.[Published 21 April 2020. Last updated 10 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Tackling domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: resource for councils

Local Government Association

Brings together resources to offer help, guidance and support for councils to tackle domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The document provides a brief overview of domestic abuse; looks at the new risks for domestic abuse victims and survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic; and identifies ways that councils can provide support to domestic abuse victims and tackle perpetrators’ behaviour. It highlights importance of strong partnership working between agencies; providing information on safe accommodation options; identifying safeguarding arrangements needed for children and young people; and continuing Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) through virtual meetings. It includes links to a wide range of guidance and supporting resources. The document will be updated as and when necessary.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Good practice guidance for return home interviews delivered remotely during the COVID-19 crisis


Guidance for frontline professionals delivering remote return home interviews for children who have been missing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. It provides guidance provides advice on delivering return home interviews by telephone or video call.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Safeguarding children and families during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE quick guide for practitioners working to safeguard children and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide aimed at those supporting adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 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 15 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020