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A testing service for homecare workers in England

Department of Health and Social Care

Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff. NHS Test and Trace is making weekly Covid-19 testing available to all homecare workers in Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered domiciliary care organisations. The guidance prescribes that agency managers should order tests every 28 days for their homecare workers; four tests are delivered for each homecare worker to the agency, for a 28 day testing cycle; each homecare worker should be given four test kits every 28 days; every 7 days a care worker should take a test, register it online, and return it by post between Thursday and Sunday. Homecare workers will receive their results in 2 to 4 days by email and text message (SMS). This approach aims to: identify homecare workers who currently have Covid-19 so they are able to self-isolate if their result is positive; protects those receiving care from infection passed to them by homecare workers who are confirmed positive; and prevents and controls the spread of the virus by identifying asymptomatic cases. [Updated 6 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 25 November 2020

A thematic review of the work of youth offending services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation

This report is a thematic review of the way in which youth offending teams (YOTs) have worked during the pandemic within the restrictions imposed by the government to control the spread of the virus. It focuses on the work of seven YOTs: Cumbria, Essex, Isle of Wight, Monmouthshire and Torfaen, Newcastle, Southwark and West Mercia. These represent a range of sizes and rural and urban areas. The review draws on the findings from a small sample (70) of pre- and post-lockdown cases, interviews with a range of staff and remote meetings with service users, parents and carers, during June and July 2020. The review was also supported by a survey of 220 staff from the seven YOTs. The report focuses in particular on leadership and staffing; partnership work; service delivery; and use of technology and the digital divide. The inspection found that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes to the way YOT partnerships deliver services. They have responded well to the immediate challenges and are now considering the long-term implications. Services have worked flexibly with partners to maintain as many support services as they can. In some cases, the needs of and risks to children have become more acute. Lockdown has also changed the risk of harm to others, in some cases reducing this but in others increasing it, most notably where there was child and adolescent violence to parents. There have been some key areas of learning that need to be considered quickly. These include the increase in workload due to the backlog of cases starting to come through courts, the very evident issues and harms related to the digital divide, and a national evidence-based response to child and adolescent to parent violence.

Last updated on hub: 01 December 2020

A UK survey of COVID‐19 related social support closures and their effects on older people, people with dementia, and carers

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Objectives: The aim of this national survey was to explore the impact of COVID‐19 public health measures on access to social support services and the effects of closures of services on the mental well‐being of older people and those affected by dementia. Methods: A UK‐wide online and telephone survey was conducted with older adults, people with dementia, and carers between April and May 2020.The survey captured demographic and postcode data, social support service usage before and after COVID‐19 public health measures, current quality of life, depression, and anxiety. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to explore the relationship between social support service variations and anxiety and well‐being. Results: 569 participants completed the survey (61 people with dementia, 285 unpaid carers, and 223 older adults). Paired samples t‐tests and X2‐tests showed that the mean hour of weekly social support service usage and the number of people having accessed various services was significantly reduced post COVID‐19. Multiple regression analyses showed that higher variations in social support service hours significantly predicted increased levels of anxiety in people with dementia and older adults, and lower levels of mental well‐being in unpaid carers and older adults. Conclusions: Being unable to access social support services due to COVID contributed to worse quality of life and anxiety in those affected by dementia and older adults across the UK. Social support services need to be enabled to continue providing support in adapted formats, especially in light of continued public health restrictions for the foreseeable future.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

A vision for recovery: overarching principles and actions

The Children's Society

This briefing sets out the overarching principles and actions for Covid-19 recovery focusing on children and young people. Drawn up and endorsed by a number of children’s sector organisations, the principles underpin a vision that considers the needs of children, young people and their families in the round, from conception to age 25, putting their voices at the heart of the recovery process, and renewing investment in services and workforce. The principles are: take an integrated and holistic approach; protect and promote children’s rights and entitlements; treat children, young people and their families as partners; have an explicit focus on reducing inequalities – including addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID19 on BAME groups, and on children in poverty; invest in children and young people’s futures through a comprehensive, long-term funding settlement; understand how needs have changed and respond; value and invest in the workforce; value strong relationships and take a person-centred approach to new models of service delivery.

Last updated on hub: 29 July 2020

A year in our lives

Centre for Mental Health

Brings together the stories of people across the UK and beyond to capture how the pandemic and lockdown have affected people’s mental health.

Last updated on hub: 03 December 2020

Abandoned, forgotten and ignored: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people: interim report

Inclusion London

This interim report explores the lived experiences of disabled people since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing on over three hundred responses to a survey. It reveals that the pandemic is impacting on deaf and disabled people across every area of life. Disabled people are experiencing increasing levels of psychological distress, social isolation, a lack of social care support, workplace discrimination, food poverty, and unequal access to health care. The report argues that the crisis has exposed and amplified the structural inequalities that for decades have excluded, discriminated against and marginalised deaf and disabled people. The failures, moreover, have reinforced the widespread perception that the voices of disabled people are being ignored and have led many to conclude that they have been forgotten and abandoned. Key findings include: over 60% of disabled people questioned said they had struggled to access food, medicine and necessities; over 35% of respondents talked about increasing levels of psychological distress; nearly half of the respondents talked about inaccessible information, confusing guidance and lack of advice; disabled people feel abandoned and neglected – despite being in high-risk groups, they reported being unable to obtain personal protective equipment, have had care packages cut, assessments delayed or have lost existing social care support; disabled people feel that their right to life is threatened and fear rationing of resources; over one in four respondents have had problems getting hold of personal protective equipment.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

British Journal of Psychiatry

This study explored patterns of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm in the UK during the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the COVID-19 Social Study (n=44 775), a non-probability sample weighted to population proportions. The reported frequency of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm was higher among women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and people experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage, unemployment, disability, chronic physical illnesses, mental disorders and COVID-19 diagnosis. Psychiatric medications were the most common type of support being used, but fewer than half of those affected were accessing formal or informal support.

Last updated on hub: 25 October 2020

Accessing support : the role of the voluntary and community sector during COVID-19

Local Government Association

A briefing paper to provide councils and community and voluntary sector with information on the role and contribution of the community and voluntary sector and the use of volunteers in local and national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes links to resources, guidance and tools to support councils to work effectively with national and local voluntary and community services and in the use of volunteers. The briefing was published on 2 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Accommodation for perpetrators of domestic abuse: emerging issues and responses due to COVID-19

Drive Project

Isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 lockdown have led and are likely to continue to lead to an increase in domestic abuse, violence and coercive control at all levels of risk. This paper argues that, where it would be in the best interests of the victim and better ensure their safety and wellbeing, adequate housing provision is urgently needed for perpetrators of domestic violence. The lack of availability of such accommodation is limiting options available to victims and police in their endeavour to keep victims safe.

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2020

Accounting for the variation in the confirmed Covid-19 caseload across England: an analysis of the role of multi-generation households, London and time

New Policy Institute

This paper develops a model to measure the size of the impact of various socio-economic variables on the confirmed Covid-19 caseload. The model shows a statistical link across local authority areas between the confirmed Covid-19 caseload and the proportion of households where pensioners and working-age live together, especially in areas of high deprivation. The paper then draws out the short- and long-term implications and policy questions raised by the model. These include the policy response to the coronavirus over the coming months, such as advice on social distancing; and current housing policy, especially the standards that determine what counts as adequate accommodation.

Last updated on hub: 05 May 2020