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Briefing on protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak: report

Local Government Association

This briefing offers information to help councils to support and protect people who are vulnerable as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. It includes information supporting those who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 and work that is taking place, led largely by councils and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), to protect other vulnerable groups. These include people facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, those already accessing care and support services, homeless people and rough sleepers, and those experiencing a reduction in usual services. Sections cover: an overview of the system for supporting vulnerable people; identifying vulnerable groups; types of support needs, such as housing and accommodation, food, medicine and mental wellbeing; and key considerations for councils in coordinating local support. The briefing will also help the NHS, community and voluntary sector and other partner agencies to understand the role of local government in supporting vulnerable people. It will be updated as and when necessary to keep up with the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 09 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Department for Education

Interim guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the role of the local authorities, child protection policy, the role of Designated safeguarding leads, mental health, online safety and safeguarding vulnerable children during the COVID-19 period. This interim safeguarding guidance is under review and will be updated. [Published 27/03/20. Last updated 20/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Covid-19 pandemic: ethical guidance for social workers

British Association of Social Workers England

Ethical guidance for social workers from the British Association of Social Workers to respond to the specific circumstances generated by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance does not supersede the BASW Code of Ethics, but aims to apply them in the circumstances generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers the ethical responsibilities as members of the community and in practice. It highlights the principles of prioritising need and managing risk which are central to the response during the pandemic. Social work practitioners may face choices and decisions that go beyond the bounds of usual ethics and practices, including rationing of support and resources and more stringent prioritisation. The Guidance will be continually developed, reflecting the challenges social workers face as the pandemic develops.

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources

House of Commons Library

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It includes information on the Government's additional funding commitments for health and social care providers and some of the key workforce measures to support the health and care sectors. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. First published on 7 April 2020, this briefing paper was last updated on 30 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Webinar recording: How COVID-19 affects the care sector

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A question and answer session from SCIE Chair Paul Burstow about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects the care sector.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

The PCFSW best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families' needs during pandemic

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Drawing on research from the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network and feedback from local authorities, this guide will support social workers and local authorities in assessing and prioritising needs and risks of vulnerable children and families in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It offers evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services and should be considered alongside the local authority's guidance to ensure continued support and safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people and their families and carers. The document can be used to support individual reflection, in supervision or in virtual group discussions to support reflection for and after action.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Department for Education

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities to help support and protect vulnerable children. It includes answers to frequently asked questions in the areas of: Alternative provision, Children's safeguarding, Children's residential care, Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, Care leavers, Foster care, Adoption, and social workers in children's social care. The guidance is for local authorities, those who have corporate parenting responsibilities, and local safeguarding partnerships who work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. It will also be of interest to social workers, residential care providers and those with safeguarding responsibilities. [Last updated 28 August 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19

Department of Health and Social Care

Government guidance setting out how to admit and care for residents of care homes safely and protect care home staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also includes information on reporting COVID-19 cases, providing care after death and supporting existing residents that may require hospital care. The guidance is intended for care homes, local health protection teams, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. This includes registered residential care and nursing homes for people with learning disabilities, mental health or other disabilities. [Published 2/04/20. Last updated 2 September 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

COVID-19: guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Guidance for providers of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The guidance provides advice for staff and employers on managing isolation for clients and their children under 18 if they, or someone else in their accommodation, show symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) or is confirmed as having the disease. The guidance covers: specialist refuge and safe accommodation (with shared space); dispersed, self-contained accommodation with support move-on accommodation; and properties within Sanctuary Schemes or with other enhanced security measures.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Technical note: protection of children during the coronavirus pandemic, v.1

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund

This briefing provides information to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the risk children face during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Infectious diseases like COVID-19 can disrupt the environments in which children grow and develop. Disruptions to families, friendships, daily routines and the wider community can have negative consequences for children's well-being, development and protection. In addition, measures used to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 can expose children to protection risks. Part 1 of this briefing presents the potential child protection risks COVID-19 can pose to children. Part 2 presents programmatic options in line with the 2019 'Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action' and the 'Guidance Note: Protection of Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.'

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020