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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 policy tracker: a timeline of national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England

The Health Foundation

This policy tracker documents national government and health and social care system responses to COVID-19 in England, and how they change over time. The full tracker includes data on what changes have been introduced, when, why, and by whom – as well as how these changes have been communicated by policymakers. Policy changes are tracked with respect to five areas – from health and care system changes to policy narrative, measures to limit spread, research and development and wider social and economic policy. The tracker is updated regularly and was last updated on 28 September 2020.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of adults in child care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

In order to provide an emotionally responsive environment for young people in care, we must turn our attention to the emotional wellbeing of the adults who look after them. The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of the emotional wellbeing of caring adults. This includes introducing processes within the workplace that can be adopted to support the development of self-care, such as developing skills in self-awareness, emotional literacy and regulation, enabling adults to be emotionally present and responsive to the needs of young people. This article reflects on the introduction of supervision, reflective practice and consultation within Aberlour Sycamore Services in Scotland, summarising a recent evaluation of these structures.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Seeing the silver lining in the cloud: resiliency demonstrated by children in residential care in India during the Covid-19 crisis

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

The main priority during the COVID-19 emergency for Udayan Care, an NGO based in Delhi, India, is to quickly assess the risks and take steps to mitigate them so that the children and youth in the care system, and the care leavers, already unsupported and left in the lurch, do not succumb to the harsh realities caused by the pandemic. This article describes ways in which children and staff have been adapting to the difficult circumstances they are facing.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Young people in care: how lockdown provides a haven of security and belonging

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Amidst all the gloom and concerns about what effect the emergency lockdown measures associated with COVID-19 are having on children, there is a small group of young people finding positive benefits. Staff at one Scottish provider of residential services for children and young people who have complex needs, say young people are less distressed than before lockdown and many seem happier than they were before the measures were implemented. Daily life is less pressured. Staff are happier too. Lockdown is proving to be a catalyst for changes in line with the principles of Social Pedagogy which promotes the value of meaningful relationships that offer emotional and practical support.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

COVID-19: survey of residential services in Ireland during the lockdown restrictions

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, EPIC (Empowering People in Care), a national voluntary organisation in Ireland working with and for children and young adults who are currently in care or who have experience of being in care, decided to contact all young people’s residential centres in Ireland. Often the young people that live in residential homes are the forgotten children in care, so it was important to reach out to ensure that their issues were being heard. The survey concentrated on the needs of the young people, issues affecting staff, how work practices had changed and what extra supports were needed. The responses were positive on many levels and certainly the voices of the young people and the staff were heard.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Care in the time of Covid-19: nurturing our children

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

In recent years there has been increasing emphasis placed upon the value of nurturing practice within children’s services in Scotland. The outbreak of COVID-19 is having an invisible, yet devastating, impact on our most vulnerable children. For most there is no school, no sports or social activity. Many children are witnessing their parents losing employment or falling ill. The longer the outbreak lasts the deeper the consequences will be on children’s life chances; their social and emotional development, their behaviour and learning.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

A free, global, online learning resource - COVID-19: adapting child protection case management

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

At the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, concerns were emerging from around the world as to how measures such as social distancing and lockdown were impacting the ability of those working to protect children. In particular, these challenges were affecting the timely and effective child protection case management for individual children at risk. In response, a taskforce of international child protection and child rights agencies highlighted the importance of a collective response to these concerns whilst also seeking a way to rapidly reach thousands of front-line practitioners with information on adapting the process of child protection case management in response to the changing situation. To this end, the taskforce commissioned a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – an interactive, online learning resource – to be made available free of charge on the FutureLearn platform to thousands of practitioners and policy makers across the world.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Put relationships at the heart of recovery and fuse social and economic policies

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Mentoring charity MCR Pathways’ founder reflects on the radical impact lockdown has had on care-experienced and other disadvantaged young people in Scotland. In partnerships with local authorities and schools, the MCR model is helping implement a long-term system and cultural change within Scottish education, to ensure an equality of education outcomes, job choices and subsequent life chances. Following school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity surveyed more than 1,000 young people to ascertain the impact on their wellbeing, ability to learn and thoughts on returning to school and their futures. The article explores the challenges highlighted by the research and the solutions needed to address those concerns. With young people driving each conclusion, the author proposes his recommendations for recovery, equality and growth and how those affected need to be central to all decisions. Not just for social policy but in a required fusing with economic policy.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Long-stay mental health care institutions and the COVID-19 crisis: identifying and addressing the challenges for better response and preparedness

World Health Organization

This report presents the results of a survey with 169 long-stay institutions to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on services, staff, service users and residents with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. Specific themes explored in this report are how well the institutions were prepared for the crisis by authorities, the quality of communications, the availability of personal protective equipment, and the impact of the risk of infection and protective measures on staff and residents. The report finds that there were significant differences between the types of institution reporting, which included psychiatric hospitals; care homes; and other settings for mental health care. Responses from psychiatric, intellectual disability and autism services were broadly consistent with those from social care homes, except for the following significant areas of difference: social care homes were happier with information from the authorities and the information they provided for residents in accessible formats; care home staff reported challenges with more workload, stress, frustration and burnout; care homes were less likely to use discharge to reduce numbers and manage the virus; and more likely to report an increase in the use of restrictive measures. The analysis highlights the need to put in place comprehensive and practical plans to facilitate management and day-to-day operations under crisis conditions. The keys to this are: having clear guidelines and tested systems in place; ensuring clarity of communication; implementing a comprehensive and facility-based infection prevention and control plan; establishing clear procedures and protocols to ensure safe environments; being able to increase staff capacities according to need; and having a clear focus on ensuring person-centred and human rights-based care in all decision-making.

Last updated on hub: 05 October 2020