COVID-19 resources

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Ageing without Children and COVID19

Ageing Without Children (AWOC)

A short presentation about ageing without children and covid19 which sets out some of the key issues and changing the conversation in the age of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19: implications for the support of people with social care needs in England

Journal of Aging and Social Policy

This perspective examines the challenge posed by COVID-19 for social care services in England and describes responses to this challenge. People with social care needs experience increased risks of death and deteriorating physical and mental health with COVID-19. Social isolation introduced to reduce COVID-19 transmission may adversely affect well-being. While the need for social care rises, the ability of families and social care staff to provide support is reduced by illness and quarantine, implying reductions in staffing levels. Consequently, COVID-19 could seriously threaten care availability and quality. The government has sought volunteers to work in health and social care to help address the threat posed by staff shortages at a time of rising need, and the call has achieved an excellent response. The government has also removed some barriers to effective coordination between health and social care, while introducing measures to promote the financial viability of care providers. The pandemic presents unprecedented challenges that require well-co-coordinated responses across central and local government, health services, and non-government sectors.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

“We are alone in this battle”: a framework for a coordinated response to COVID-19 in nursing homes

Journal of Aging and Social Policy

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes, requiring active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery during the pandemic. This perspective offers a framework, designed with the input of nursing home leaders, to facilitate internal and external decision-making and collective action to address these threats. Policy options focus on assuring a shared understanding among nursing home leaders and government agencies of changes in the operational status of nursing homes throughout the crisis, improving access to additional essential resources needed to mitigate the crisis’ impact, and promoting shared accountability for consistently achieving accepted standards in core quality domains.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Health and Safety during COVID-19: position statement

British Association of Social Workers England

This statement was developed by the Social Workers Union and endorsed by BASW UK on 2 April 2020. Sets out what social workers should and should not do. Provides advice and guidance for social workers in community work with individuals and families, in ‘usual’ places of work and working from home. Also provides advice on access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and raising concerns.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Economic abuse and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Surviving Economic Abuse

This resource is designed to support your economic wellbeing and your safety if you are living with someone who abuses you. It also contains information on financial support that is available. Please note, this information is being reviewed and updated regularly during the coronavirus outbreak. Last updated 05 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Mencap Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources


Mencap have created a hub of resources for people with a learning disability and families and also for support workers and healthcare professionals working with this group. The hub includes helpful advice and information and covers topics such as: going to hospital, keeping busy and activity ideas, changes to the Care Act, information from other organisations, information for support workers and healthcare professionals.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Free webinar series - supporting survivors during COVID-19


Solace have developed a series of 4 webinars to share expertise and best practice from across the sector, to help professionals across the UK better understand how they can continue to provide support to survivors. The webinar titles include: Understanding domestic abuse in the context of COVID-19; Assessing risk during COVID-19; Safety planning during COVID-19; Supporting survivors to flee during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19 and violence against women: What the health sector/system can do

World Health Organization

Briefing that covers how COVID-19 can exacerbate risks of violence for women. Also covers what can be done to address violence against women during the COVID-19 response and tips for coping with stress at home and actions to take if you or your family members are experiencing violence.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Spotlight on: the impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health Trusts in the NHS

NHS Providers

This briefing sets out the immediate challenge of Covid-19 for mental health trusts, how the sector has responded and what is needed to navigate the next phase. It argues that NHS trusts providing mental health and learning disability services have been playing a key role, both to maintain services and to respond to the current environment presented by COVID-19 pressures. Key challenges are identified in the following areas: access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing; prioritisation and demand and capacity planning to meet the needs of people who have not sought help during lockdown: funding to meeting the extra demand for mental health services; and securing a sufficient workforce.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus: how counties are stepping up to help the nation

County Councils Network

This document highlights some of the innovative work that been undertaken by county councils authorities during the coronavirus. It includes examples across six themes: protecting the NHS and adult social care; helping the vulnerable; making the best use of council staff and services; working with volunteers; and supporting the local economy.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020