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COVID-19: guidance for residential children's homes in Northern Ireland

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

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation to respond to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It applies to all registered providers of residential children’s homes, including independent sector providers. Key messages focus on: protecting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and staff; effective multi-agency collaborative working; and the need be aware of updated guidance. The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 2020

Coronavirus: access to adult social care in England

House of Commons Library

A briefing paper providing an overview of changes to local authority duties around the provision of adult social care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It outlines measures under the Coronavirus Act 2020, which involve a relaxation of local authority duties under the Care Act 2014 around the provision of care and support; and government guidance for local authorities in implementing these changes. This briefing covers England only.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 2020

Coronavirus and social relationships and support for vulnerable groups: 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019

The Office for National Statistics

This statistical release looks at the ways in which vulnerable groups, including older adults and those with a self-defined disability or who are Equality Act Disabled, normally receive support from their family, friends and wider community. This could be having help with shopping, providing or cooking meals or looking after grandchildren. It aims to develop a greater understanding of how a period of isolation, such as during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, might impact those in need of extra support. Data is at the UK level. Where this has not been possible, England-level data have been used.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

COVID-19 survey

Skills for Care

Analysis of a survey on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the adult social care workforce, particularly recruitment and retention. The survey, distributed by Care Management Matters, was completed on 31 March 2020 by 211 adult social care providers. Key findings based on the providers who responded found that, on average, 25 per cent of their workforce was currently unable to work due to covid related issues and .34 per cent of providers reported they urgently needed more staff.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

Developing emotional resilience and wellbeing: a practical guide for social workers

This comprehensive guide provides information and techniques to help social workers to develop their emotional resilience and wellbeing during the conravirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for social work and developing greater resilience can help protect social workers from the stresses they face. The guide, which is based on messages from research, considers the meaning of resilience, highlights the factors that underpin this key quality and identifies how they can be developed. It highlights the importance of qualities such as reflective thinking, social competence, supervision and organisational support, coping skills and self-compassion to developing resilience. Tools and techniques identified that can be used to develop greater resilience, include: mindfulness, thinking skills, peer support, and self-awareness and action planning.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Department of Health and Social Care

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The guidance is designed to minimise additional pressures on hospitals and care home and ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak. The guidance states that it may be necessary during the COVID-19 Pandemic to "to change the usual care and treatment arrangements of somebody who lacks the relevant mental capacity to consent to such changes" and that changes to a person’s care or treatment in these scenarios will not constitute a new deprivation of liberty. The guidance includes a decision-making flow chart for decision makers in hospitals and care home. The guidance will apply until withdrawn by the Department. [Last updated 29/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

Temporary funding for adult social care providers during the Covid-19 Crisis

Local Government Association

This joint statement from the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services focuses on stabilising the adult social care market during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It provides a framework for the consideration of the locally determined temporary funding of social care providers during the Covid-19 crisis and provides information to help councils who have not yet been able to agree what level of temporary additional support providers in their local area will need.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

Briefing on protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak: report

Local Government Association

This briefing offers information to help councils to support and protect people who are vulnerable as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. It includes information supporting those who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 and work that is taking place, led largely by councils and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), to protect other vulnerable groups. These include people facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, those already accessing care and support services, homeless people and rough sleepers, and those experiencing a reduction in usual services. Sections cover: an overview of the system for supporting vulnerable people; identifying vulnerable groups; types of support needs, such as housing and accommodation, food, medicine and mental wellbeing; and key considerations for councils in coordinating local support. The briefing will also help the NHS, community and voluntary sector and other partner agencies to understand the role of local government in supporting vulnerable people. It will be updated as and when necessary to keep up with the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 09 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Department for Education

Interim guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the role of the local authorities, child protection policy, the role of Designated safeguarding leads, mental health, online safety and safeguarding vulnerable children during the COVID-19 period. This interim safeguarding guidance is under review and will be updated. [Published 27/03/20. Last updated 20/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Covid-19 pandemic: ethical guidance for social workers

British Association of Social Workers England

Ethical guidance for social workers from the British Association of Social Workers to respond to the specific circumstances generated by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance does not supersede the BASW Code of Ethics, but aims to apply them in the circumstances generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers the ethical responsibilities as members of the community and in practice. It highlights the principles of prioritising need and managing risk which are central to the response during the pandemic. Social work practitioners may face choices and decisions that go beyond the bounds of usual ethics and practices, including rationing of support and resources and more stringent prioritisation. The Guidance will be continually developed, reflecting the challenges social workers face as the pandemic develops.

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020