COVID-19 resources

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Emerging evidence: coronavirus and children and young people's mental health: issue 1

Evidence Based Practice Unit

A rapid review of the evidence on the key mental health challenges for children and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how parents, carers, and professionals can help them to manage and minimise these challenges. It is the first of a series of reviews and covers evidence found from 1st January 2020 to 4th May 2020. The review finds that the key mental health challenges for children and young people during the pandemic include: the pandemic can influence many different aspects of mental health and may have longer-term consequences; higher than usual levels of stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms and fear have been found in children and young people; mental health challenges during the pandemic have been attributed to several events or conditions including school closures, increased time away from peers, health concerns, and media over-exposure. Support for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing may include: promoting healthy habits such as sleeping well and daily exercise, recreating routines at home, and having clear and honest conversations about their child’s worries; small, daily acts can help promote health and emotional wellbeing in the home; teachers play a vital role in care and advocacy of positive mental health. In terms of support for those with mental health conditions, the most effective support will be adaptable and responsive to the evolving stages of the pandemic, and will involve a collaborative network which includes families, education, social care and health.

Last updated on hub: 28 September 2020

COVID-19 checklist for choosing a care home: 5 questions for residents, families, friends and carers to ask

National Care Forum

This short guide helps think about what individuals need to know and the questions they might ask when thinking about a choice of home during COVID-19. The pandemic means that care homes have had to learn to do things differently while continuing to provide high quality care. The questions focus on the quality of the home; the extent to which residents are able to maintain contacts with friends and family in a safe way; the testing programme; the use of personal protective equipment; and the health and hygiene measures that are in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Social Work 2020 under Covid-19

This is a free online magazine which was produced during the Covid-19 crisis, edited by an editorial collective, about issues that are of interest to those who use social work or social care services, those who provide them and those who undertake teaching or research around them. It ran for five editions until 14 July 2020.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Lessons and legacy from the COVID-19 pandemic in health and care: AHSN Network Digital and AI Reset report

The AHSN Network

This report presents the findings from a short research study to understand how technology has been an enabler in reducing the care burden, helping to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, and to identify what should be sustained in the ‘new normal’ longer-term. The findings highlight the importance of: treating health as the greatest national asset to nurture and protect; giving equal weighting to social care as to the NHS to accelerate the move towards health and social care integration; addressing the ongoing chronic disease ‘epidemic’ and minimising the impact of future viral pandemics; mobilising people more effectively to solve problems through more flexible roles; ensuring a robust data infrastructure and data operability/standards to facilitate data sharing; moving towards less centralised control and empowering people, communities and NHS and social care staff to serve local needs; reconfiguring patient pathways to integrate NHS and social care around patient/citizen needs, with digital and data technologies utilised as enablers; promoting access to digital technologies and ensuring digital, information and health literacy at all levels within society to minimise digital exclusion and ensure health inequalities do not get worse.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Homes, health and COVID-19: how poor-quality homes have contributed to the pandemic

Centre for Ageing Better

This report summarises what existing research tells us about the role and impact of poor-quality housing on health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 23.5 million homes in England, 18% are in a ‘non-decent’ condition. The report offers an insight into the current context of poor housing, identifies the key pathways in which poor-quality housing can impact health and considers the implications of the coronavirus in this relationship. The final section of the report reviews various housing interventions that have been found to improve health and prevent ill-health. The review found that poor-quality housing has a profound impact on health and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and amplified housing-related health inequalities. Groups in the population who are more likely to live in poor housing are often the same groups who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and other health conditions, including older people, people with existing health conditions, those with lower incomes and people from ethnic minority groups. Living in a cold, damp home and overcrowded housing, which is more common among ethnic minority groups, pose a significant health risk. One of the major causes of death, injury and decline among older adults is falls in the home, often a result of inadequate adaptation and maintenance. In addition, the quality of the built environment is associated with mental and physical health outcomes. The evidence suggests that interventions to improve housing quality, both in and outside of the home can be a highly cost-effective means of improving health outcomes. Every £1 spent on improving warmth in homes occupied by ‘vulnerable’ households can result in £4 of health benefits, while £1 spent on home improvement services to reduce falls is estimated to lead to savings of £7.50 to the health and care sector.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

React, respond, renew: responding to the workforce challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and looking to the future

Local Government Association

This paper provides a summary of how COVID-19 initially affected local government from a workforce perspective, including the social care sector. It argues that there is a critical need to ensure a meaningful ’parity of esteem’ between the 1.5 million social care workforce and their counterparts in the NHS. The report sets the scene for the workforce having to respond, within an extremely short timescale, to a completely new way of working. It provides a narrative to the shared experience of working through the pandemic in 2020. The report flags the challenges and considerations for returning to a physical workplace; outlines the psychological impact of COVID-19; captures the issues councils might want to explore in considering renewal and provide links for various tips and guides; touches on recruitment and retention challenges, how COVID-19 might change what we mean by 'leadership', and sets out how equality, diversity and inclusion will run throughout these issues; and captures the issues and questions that councils might be asking themselves or might want to ask themselves, following this challenging period of time.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Managing the wellbeing of social care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: employers' guide

Local Government Association

This guide helps employers and managers to think about the wellbeing of their staff and fulfil their duty of care for their employees, which carries on no matter where staff are based. Employers have a responsibility to provide the necessary working conditions and support to staff to reduce stress at work, and this is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic when staff are working under excessive pressures. The guide covers: wellbeing tips for employers; supporting employees’ learning; thinking about the workplace; building managers’ resilience; social care workers facing stigma; and managing bereavement in care work. The document signposts to additional resources and guidance.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Childhood during coronavirus: protecting children from the effects of poverty

Action for Children

This report presents findings from an analysis of applications submitted to the Action for Children’s Emergency Fund and a survey of frontline staff. The report makes recommendations to the UK and devolved governments, on the steps needed to support families to recover from the financial effects of the pandemic, and to reduce child poverty rates. Key findings from the analysis of families’ needs include: 37% said that the pandemic had led to financial pressures due to the increased household costs associated with having all the family at home full-time; 21% had seen at least one adult lose their job or have their pay cut; 30% were struggling to access enough welfare benefits to meet their daily living costs; 40% were struggling to feed their children; 37% had one or more adults experiencing a mental health concern as a result of the pandemic, while 23% had one or more children struggling with their mental health. Key findings from our survey of frontline key workers show that 86% of staff felt that the crisis had left the family finances of the children they work with worse off and 66% had provided extra emotional support to children.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Beyond the pandemic: strategic priorities for responding to childhood trauma: a coronavirus pandemic policy briefing

UK Trauma Council

This policy briefing focuses on the psychological consequences of trauma experienced by children – including younger children such as infants – as well as older adolescents. The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on children and young people’s lives. The report identifies three ways in which the pandemic is impacting on the experience of childhood trauma: it increases the risk that more children will be exposed to trauma, including through sudden bereavement or exposure to domestic violence; it increases the likelihood that those with prior experiences of trauma (for example, because of abuse) will experience significant difficulties; and it compromises the ability of adults and professional systems to identify a struggling child and mitigate the impact of trauma, including mental health problems. The report puts forward four recommendations as a framework for action, to be taken forward in different ways across the UK. These are: prioritise responding to trauma in national and local strategies; invest in specialist trauma provision for children and young people; equip all professionals who work with children and young people with the skills and capacity to support those who have experienced trauma; and shift models of help towards prevention, through research, clinical innovation and training.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Report 05: changes in children and young people's mental health symptoms and 'caseness' during lockdown and patterns associated with key demographic factors

University of Oxford

This report provides longitudinal data from 2,729 parents/carers who took part in both the baseline questionnaire and the first follow up questionnaire, as part of the Co-SPACE study. The study is tracking the mental health of school-aged children and young people aged 4-16 years throughout the COVID-19 crisis. An online survey is sent out and completed on a monthly basis by parents/carers and young people (if aged 11-16 years) throughout the pandemic. The report examines the changes in children and young people’s emotional, behavioural and restless/attentional difficulties, as reported by parents/carers, over a one-month period during lockdown before any easing of restrictions had taken place. The analysis shows that in primary school aged children, there were mean increases in emotional, behavioural and restlessness/inattention difficulties. The proportion of children likely to have significant difficulties in one of these 3 areas also increased, by up to 35%. In young people of secondary school age, there was a reduction in emotional difficulties, no change in behavioural difficulties and a slight increase in restlessness/inattention. For children and young people from low income households, emotional and attention difficulties (and behaviour difficulties for primary school aged children) were consistently elevated compared to those from higher income households, with around two and a half times as many children experiencing significant problems in low income households. There were similar levels of emotional, behavioural and restless/attention difficulties for children and young people from single and multiple adult households, but primary school aged children from single adult households were reported as having more emotional difficulties than those from multiple adult households throughout lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020