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Kinship carers' experiences during the coronavirus crisis

Family Rights Group

This report, produced by the Family Rights Group on behalf of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, looks at the experiences faced by kinship care households as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. It also makes recommendations on the urgent action Government, local authorities and other agencies need to take to support kinship carers during the crisis. It provides the results of a survey completed by more than 660 kinship carers across England and Wales. Most respondents were grandparents raising their grandchildren and four in ten are single carers. The report provides details of questions from the survey and responses, including illustrative quote. It also makes recommendations to increase support for kinship carers to prevent the breakdown of placements. These include financial support to reduce financial hardship, legal and practical advice and support for kinship care households; and educational support for children in kinship care.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Kinship carers' experiences during the coronavirus crisis

Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection

Findings of a UK-wide survey (April 2020) to understand the experiences faced by kinship care households as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, and what urgent steps could be taken by Government, local authorities and other agencies to help. This analysis focuses specifically on Scotland specific findings – the survey heard from 79 Scottish respondents, who are raising 107 kinship children and a further 43 birth children. Most respondents are grandparents raising their grandchildren and just over half are single carers. Key findings include: half of kinship carers surveyed are self-isolating because they, or someone in their household, have an underlying health condition; a quarter of kinship carers reported they faced financial hardship that had worsened as a result of the current crisis, and a further 8% remained in a similar level of hardship than pre-crisis; 28% of kinship carers said they had not been offered a place but would appreciate such an offer, demonstrating the need for flexibility in responding to the child and household’s needs; one third of the Scottish respondents indicated that they had received no support, compared to half of the UK wide survey respondents; kinship carers’ biggest concerns are around the health of the kinship child if the carer was to fall ill with, or die from, Covid-19, the child’s mental health, and their financial situation; the importance of food, and provisions around this, came through strongly in the answers to a number of the survey questions; the recognition of the role of kinship carers was mentioned by a quarter of the respondents when asked about steps the Government could take.

Last updated on hub: 02 November 2020

Leading in a crisis

Scottish Social Services Council

This resource provides links to guidance and learning resources that will support those leading and supporting others in crisis situations.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Leading in isolation during Covid-19

King's Fund

Lesley Flatley shares the challenges of leading an independent residential home during the pandemic and the feeling of isolation and loneliness that social care leaders may experience without the support of a large organisation like the NHS. The blog also looks at the actions and strategies they implemented to address and support the emotional and mental wellbeing of staff and residents and reflects on the lessons learned, including the role of technology.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Leading through COVID-19: supporting health and care leaders in unprecedented times

King's Fund

These pages provide support to health and care leaders in a variety of settings, including the NHS, social care, public health or the voluntary and independent sector. The resource brings together brief guidance, blogs and videos on a range of topics relating to leadership in the context of a pandemic, including: decision-making in difficult circumstances, mental health and wellbeing, supporting teams and colleagues, adapting to complex situations and leading teams virtually.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Learn on the go podcasts for social workers

Podcast series where the latest research, theories and practice issues, and look at what they mean for social workers are discussed. Recent episodes cover topics relevant to the pandemic including safeguarding, remote supervision, The Coronavirus Act and Care Act easements, loneliness and isolation, self care and domestic abuse.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme: action from learning: deaths of people with a learning disability from COVID-19

NHS England

This document describes how the NHS is working with partners and stakeholders to embed the learning from the University of Bristol’s report into the deaths of 206 people with a learning disability at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlighted some good practice in the care of people with a learning disability, but it also highlighted concerns about the care that some people received. This document explains how the required changes to the services are being implemented so that action is taken. Specifically, it outlines the actions to improve the detection of deterioration in the health of people in community and home settings including people with a learning disability; actions to address the issue of ‘Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) and learning disability as a cause of death; actions relating to diagnostic overshadowing, when the symptoms of physical ill health are incorrectly either attributed to a mental health/behavioural problem or considered inherent to the person’s learning disability or autism diagnosis; and actions relating to the reasonable adjustments that healthcare providers need to put in place to ensure that people with a learning disability have equal access to health services.

Last updated on hub: 24 November 2020

Learning from COVID-19: a tool for capturing insights now to shape the future


COVID-19 has led to people working together in a new collective purpose, adopting radical new practice, and organising in new ways. Organisations involved in these changes are interested in learning from new practice today to sustain change for the future. This learning framework is for people working in organisations providing support to the public, such as local authorities and charities, to community groups and health services. It can be used to capture insights as they arise from new personal, organisational and community practices. The framework into two parts. Part one - Surfacing insights: has eight questions which can help you identify how you, your organisation, and the system are thinking and working in new ways. Part two - Deepening insights: short sets of questions focussed around five key themes, giving you the chance to reflect on learning more deeply.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020

Learning from lockdown: priorities for the future

Centre for Ageing Better

This report brings together research and insight on the impact of COVID-19 on people approaching later life. It gives guidance for central government, local government and other private, public and voluntary sector organisations on how to significantly improve the prospects of those currently in their 50s and 60s, who make up around a quarter of the population in England. It looks specifically at how to build health resilience, including in relation to weight control, physical activity and healthy homes; and how to build economic activity, focusing on tailoring unemployment support, retaining and retraining older workers, and redesigning town centres and the high street. Arguing that these twin and interconnected aims of health resilience and economic growth should be at the heart of recovery, the report suggests ways to ‘lock in’ the positives seen during the pandemic, based on sustaining community participation; and bridging the digital divide. It makes a case for ensuring people approaching later life are part of the recovery success story – in good, flexible work, enjoying better health, in homes that keep them safe, and connected to their communities. Action taken now to support this group will have long-lasting benefits, both for them and for future generations.

Last updated on hub: 01 October 2020

Learning from staff experiences of Covid-19: let the light come streaming in

King's Fund

Draws the lessons from health and social care staff experiences of Covid-19. It argues that the past few months have taught us that staff must have autonomy and control, feel a greater sense of belonging and be supported in order to have a sense of competence, rather than simply being overwhelmed by excessive workload.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020