COVID-19 resources

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COVID-19: Can there be a new social contract? With Ade Adetosoye (Podcast)

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE's Chair, Paul Burstow, is in conversation with Ade Adetosoye, Chief Executive of Bromley Council.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

COVID-19: Can there be a new social contract? With Alex Fox and Sarah Pickup

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Join Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus - and Sarah Pickup, Deputy CEO at the Local Government Association.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

COVID-19: children, young people and families: December 2020 evidence summary

Scottish Government

This briefing is the fifth in a series of evidence summaries on the impact of COVID19 on the wellbeing of children and families in Scotland, drawing on wider UK and international research where appropriate. The emerging picture on the reopening of schools/childcare in Scotland appears to be a positive one for many children and families. There are some signs of recovery with indicative evidence of improvements in children’s emotional wellbeing, loneliness and peer and family relationships, particularly for younger age groups. However, emerging evidence on child mental wellbeing in Scotland shows that for some children, particularly for older children and young people, significant issues remain. A recurring theme is the need for more ‘recovery’ support e.g. in schools and childcare settings, particularly for child mental wellbeing. Whilst most Scottish evidence suggests a general level of satisfaction with the safe reopening of schools/childcare, there is a feeling from some young people that more could be done to enforce or increase safety measures in schools. Although social media is generally perceived by young people to be a positive means of keeping in touch with friends, there continues to be emerging evidence around increased levels of online bullying during the national lockdown. There continues to be evidence of the strain placed on parents by the pandemic and the impact that this can have on parenting and child wellbeing but there is also evidence of positive impacts of the pandemic on family relationships. In addition, the paper outlines a number of findings from Scotland and the UK about how different sub-groups of young people are experiencing the return to school/college/work, as well as new evidence on their experiences during the pandemic more generally.

Last updated on hub: 12 January 2021

COVID-19: consequences for the child welfare system in Catalonia

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

How has confinement by COVID-19 affected the welfare system for children and adolescents? The aim of this article is to reflect on the consequences of the global pandemic on the child welfare system, analysing the main consequences on children, adolescents and educational teams. The context of analysis focuses on the author's experiences in the child welfare system in Catalonia (Spain) during the pandemic, through his work as a social educator and researcher. The purpose of this article resides, therefore, in the reflection and subsequent proposals with the aim of redefining the system and improving the care of supervised children and adolescents.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

COVID-19: emergency funding for local government

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Sets out allocations of additional funding provided by central government to local authorities to help them respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across the services they deliver. A total of £1.6 billion additional funding has been distributed using two mechanisms: existing Adults Social Care Relative Needs Formula (£1.39 billion) and via authorities’ share of 2013/14 Settlement Funding Assessment or overall relative needs (£0.21 billion).

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

COVID-19: essential training

Skills for Care

The impact of COVID-19 has created an extremely challenging time for the social care workforce. This resource highlights the training that remains a priority during this period to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce. The essential training, which does not comprise all the training that is usually undertaken, is available as three individual packages of learning: rapid induction programme (aimed at new staff), refresher training (aimed at existing staff) and a volunteer programme. This approach is supported by the Care Quality Commission. A list of endorsed learning providers have received grant funding to support care providers with the cost of this essential training during this period. The page signposts to relevant information and guidance, including training content and to contact details of endorsed learning providers.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

Department of Health and Social Care

Government guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19. The guidance provides a framework to ensure that consideration is given to a series of ethical values and principles when organising and delivering social care for adults. It recognises that due to increasing demand it might become necessary to make challenging decisions on how to redirect resources where they are most needed. The framework covers the following values and principles and best practice when applying them: Respect, Reasonableness, Minimising harm, Inclusiveness, Accountability, Flexibility, Proportionality, and Community. The guidance is aimed at planners and strategic policy makers and will also support professionals and others in the health and social care workforce who are developing policies and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance may be updated and subsequent guidance issued to support its application.

Last updated on hub: 19 March 2020

COVID-19: expectations and effects on children online


This report looks at the expectations and effects that COVID-19 has had towards children online. In the face of the restrictions imposed by governments during the pandemic, and to maintain some form of normality, people turned to technology and the Internet for work, socialising, entertainment and learning. This digital migration has had an impact on children too – the increased use of online platforms comes with associated increased risks for children’s safety, eloquently highlighted by many experts and agencies. The report emphasises that the early evidence indicates that whilst many children have access to technology and connectivity, this is not universal and the ‘digital divide’ will have an impact; in terms of child sexual abuse content online, there has been an increase of individuals searching for child sexual abuse content, alongside an increase in access to adult content online; children have reported greater anxiety associated with the pandemic and restrictions; parents are anxious that their children’s education will be impacted. The paper concludes by arguing that policymakers will need to consider and accommodate the impacts of COVID-19 on children for many years to come.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

COVID-19: Financial pressures in adult social care: information provided to the Minister of State for Care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This note provides a summary of financial information that was provided to the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, about the financial pressures facing independent adult social care providers due to COVID-19. The analysis, provided by LaingBuisson, covers all independent providers supporting both younger adults and older people whether in care homes, or supported living or receiving home care.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

COVID-19: good council practice

Local Government Association

The Local Government Association are publishing case studies that will be of help to local authorities as they navigate this changed environment, while showcasing some of the important work being carried out by the sector. The case studies are broader than social care but touch on many areas of interest to the care sector such as supporting vulnerable residents.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020