COVID-19 resources

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Introduction to Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) In Rapid Time

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE discusses the need for a rapid review process to enable system learning that is identified and shared beyond the location of the incident.

Last updated on hub: 31 July 2020

Iriss on… social isolation and technology

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

A brief overview of social isolation, the implications of the COVID-19 crisis, and how technology can support social connectedness, through access to social networks, health and care resources, entertainment or educational content. The document gives a definition of social isolation and explains who is at risk, the causes and consequences of isolation, and the role digital technology. It also highlights and signposts to relevant evidence and literature.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Isolated and struggling: social isolation and the risk of child maltreatment, in lockdown and beyond

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This briefing pulls together research evidence to explore whether the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic heighten the risk of child maltreatment in the UK. From the analysis of a range of different risks and issues three main areas of risk were identified: 1. Increase in stressors to parents and caregivers – the evidence confirms that the risk of child abuse is higher when caregivers become overloaded by the stressors in their lives and there are indications that the coronavirus pandemic has increased stressors on caregivers; 2. Increase in children and young people's vulnerability – there are indications that the conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have heightened the vulnerability of children and young people to certain types of abuse, for example online abuse, abuse within the home, criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation; 3. Reduction in normal protective services – there is evidence that the ‘normal’ safeguards have been reduced during the pandemic but social connections and social support can provide a protective effect for children’s safety and wellbeing. The report recommends a national and local response from governments and statutory agencies which includes practical steps such as: providing practical support to parents around income maximisation to reduce stresses caused by financial insecurity; addressing digital exclusion, ensuring all children have access to the technology they need to access school, therapeutic support and other services; comprehensive and long-term funding for children’s services, with at least £2 billion a year invested in early intervention and therapeutic services.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Keeping your team motivated

Skills for Care

Staff resilience and motivation are vital as employers try to meet the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar highlights the leadership behaviours which staff find most satisfying and motivating in normal times, but especially so in times of crisis.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Key issues for agencies in developing best practice for adoption and fostering panel virtual meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

The Government's Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into effect from 24 April. This guidance document sets out the relevant sections of the amended regulations and guidance for adoption and fostering panels. It also identifies learning from agencies as they are planning and holding adoption and fostering panels during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance looks at the implications for adoption and fostering, highlights the importance of panels in the decision-making process, identifies factors to consider when setting up a virtual panel, and provides information on managing the panel process.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Key measures for infection prevention and control: a guide for social care workers providing care in an individual’s home

Scottish Social Services Council

This guide highlights essential practical actions to support good infection control practice during COVID-19, particularly hand and cough hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE). It signposts some of the key measures care workers will need to protect themselves and others when providing care and support for people, including those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The guide is for social care workers providing support and care to people living in their own homes; particularly care at home and housing support workers, referred to as ‘domiciliary care’ in the national guidance. It acknowledges that many of the people they support may be in the shielding category.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Key messages from government guidance during the COVID-19 crisis which relate to the operation of direct payments, including where they are used to employ personal assistants

Local Government Association

Briefing note identifies the key messages from government guidance during the COVID-19 crisis which relate to the operation of direct payments, including where they are used to employ personal assistants, aimed at local authorities. The two guidance documents referred to are: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments and the Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities, both published by the Department of Health and Social Care. The briefing was published on 11 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

Kinship carers' experiences during the coronavirus crisis

Family Rights Group

This report, produced by the Family Rights Group on behalf of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, looks at the experiences faced by kinship care households as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. It also makes recommendations on the urgent action Government, local authorities and other agencies need to take to support kinship carers during the crisis. It provides the results of a survey completed by more than 660 kinship carers across England and Wales. Most respondents were grandparents raising their grandchildren and four in ten are single carers. The report provides details of questions from the survey and responses, including illustrative quote. It also makes recommendations to increase support for kinship carers to prevent the breakdown of placements. These include financial support to reduce financial hardship, legal and practical advice and support for kinship care households; and educational support for children in kinship care.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Leading in a crisis

Scottish Social Services Council

This resource provides links to guidance and learning resources that will support those leading and supporting others in crisis situations.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Leading in isolation during Covid-19

King's Fund

Lesley Flatley shares the challenges of leading an independent residential home during the pandemic and the feeling of isolation and loneliness that social care leaders may experience without the support of a large organisation like the NHS. The blog also looks at the actions and strategies they implemented to address and support the emotional and mental wellbeing of staff and residents and reflects on the lessons learned, including the role of technology.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020