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Explanatory memorandum to The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Department for Education

This explanatory memorandum from the Department for Education describes the temporary changes made by the Statutory Instrument Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. The instrument temporarily amends 10 sets of Regulations relating to children’s social care to support services manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The changes aim to support services to manage the increased pressure on children’s social care and staff and carer shortages who are ill with coronavirus.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

UK Parliament

This statutory instrument makes amendments to 10 sets of Regulations to assist the children’s social care sector during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes the relaxation of a range of duties relating to children in care, such as visits by social workers and independent reviews. The amended regulations come into force on 4th April 2020 and cease to have effect on the 25th September 2020.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Professional practice guidance for home visits during Covid-19 Pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance has been produced to help social workers and their employers manage the risks of home visits during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It aims to help social workers keep themselves safe and reduce risks of infection during home visits, enable social workers to fulfil their duties without undue risk, and minimise the risk of infection of others by social workers entering homes. It covers key issues to consider when planning a home visit, during a visit, and action to take immediately after a home visit. The key principles may also be helpful for social workers planning and carrying out face to face activities in other settings, such as hospitals or care homes during Covid-19. It does not cover social care workers who are providing hands-on personal care. The guidance has been developed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in consultation with practitioners, managers and sector leaders and is applicable for all social workers across the UK. It will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides information to help people with caring responsibilities to keep people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, support people with learning disabilities to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and information on protecting carers' own wellbeing. It draws on more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), which will continue to be updated with resources to support those who care for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance includes information on keeping people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, supporting them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and helping staff protect their own wellbeing. It includes links to relevant resources. It builds on the COVID-19 adult social care action plan and more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Webinar recording: COVID-19 and the Care Act 2014

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar looked at how the principles of the legislation can stay in place with the COVID-19 pandemic putting services under strain.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Rapid report: how mental health social workers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Think Ahead

This report looks at how mental health services, and the social workers within these teams, are responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Based on a series of interviews with mental health social workers, the report explains the challenges services and professionals are facing and how mental health teams are transforming their work. Key findings show how services are reconfiguring roles to prepare for increased pressures, the challenges of digital contact with service users, the introduction of new forms of support for service users and the need to support staff welfare. The report also highlights examples of good practice from across the country.

Last updated on hub: 23 April 2020

Survey results: understanding people's concerns about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Academy of Medical Sciences

This report describes the findings of a consultation with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their supporters and the general public, which took place in late March 2020, the week that the UK went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The consultation asked about people's concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what had been helping their mental health and wellbeing at that time. In total, 2,198 people took part in the stakeholder survey (including people with lived experience of mental health issues and health and social care professionals) and 1,099 people in the survey of the general population. Priority concerns about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health included anxiety; isolation; difficulties in accessing mental health support and services; and concerns about the impact of the pandemic on family members and family relationships.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Supporting mental health in communities during the coronavirus crisis: bringing together voluntary, community and statutory services

Centre for Mental Health

This briefing looks at how statutory service commissioners and providers are working with the voluntary and community sector to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It also provides practical advice on how to build effective partnerships locally. This includes recognising the value of different contributions and their role in preventing later crises; supporting smaller organisations that work with high risk groups or those who find mainstream services less helpful; maintaining safeguarding to protect people at risk of abuse; and valuing organisations that provide key functions such as supported housing, advocacy and support. It concludes with recommendations for NHS and local authority commissioners when working with the voluntary and community sector to help them to maximise their contribution without jeopardising their longer-term sustainability.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Tackling domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: resource for councils

Local Government Association

Brings together resources to offer help, guidance and support for councils to tackle domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The document provides a brief overview of domestic abuse; looks at the new risks for domestic abuse victims and survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic; and identifies ways that councils can provide support to domestic abuse victims and tackle perpetrators’ behaviour. It highlights importance of strong partnership working between agencies; providing information on safe accommodation options; identifying safeguarding arrangements needed for children and young people; and continuing Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) through virtual meetings. It includes links to a wide range of guidance and supporting resources. The document will be updated as and when necessary.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020