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Coronavirus: separated families and contact with children in care FAQs (UK)

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper provides information in response to key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children. It addresses: whether children move between the homes of separated parents; how parents should comply with a court-orders for contact; how are child maintenance payments impacted; can I visit my child in care/residential home; alternative arrangements when child contact centres are; and sources of help and advice. The paper notes that it is a fast-moving issue and the information was correct at the time of publication.

Last updated on hub: 03 June 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons: policy brief

United Nations (UN)

This policy briefing discusses the particular risks that COVID-19 presents for older people, including a high risk of mortality, increased risk of abuse and neglect, and threats to their social and economic wellbeing. It also identifies immediate and longer-term responses needed to protect older people. These are: ensuring that health-care decisions affecting older people are guided by a commitment to dignity and the right to health; strengthening social inclusion during physical distancing; a focus on older people in the socio-economic and humanitarian response to COVID-19; and expanding participation by older people, sharing good practices and harnessing knowledge and data.

Last updated on hub: 02 June 2020

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: actions for educational providers and other partners

Department for Education

Guidance for schools and local authorities about children supported through social care, with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans or identified as vulnerable by their school, college, early years provider or local authority. The guidance covers the identification of vulnerable children and young people; determining whether attendance at school or college is appropriate; supporting vulnerable children and young people's wellbeing; and responding to increased safeguarding concerns as more children return to on-site education provision. The guidance is for service providers, including: local-authority-maintained schools and academies, all alternative provision including pupil referral units local authorities and providers of children’s social care. [Published 22 March 2020. Updated 15 May 2020].

Last updated on hub: 02 June 2020

Caring behind closed doors: forgotten families in the coronavirus outbreak

Carers UK

Based on the result of an online survey, this report looks at the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on carers' lives and their worries for the future. The survey captures the experiences of over 5,000 current and former carers. The results highlight the rising levels of care provided by carers, the increased financial pressures the face, the impact on working carers and the support needs of carers. The survey found that over 70 percent of respondents are providing more care due to the coronavirus outbreak, with 35 per cent of carers providing more care as a result of local services reducing or closing. The report concludes with a series of short-term and longer-term recommendations for UK and National Government.

Last updated on hub: 02 June 2020

Coronavirus response toolkit for charities

New Philanthropy Capital

A toolkit to help charities to respond and adapt to changes in the environment and in need caused by COVID-19. The toolkit provides a series of questions for charity staff and trustees to consider and provides useful links to resources produced by New Philanthropy Capital to support charities in their response. Divided into two sections, the toolkit provides resources that will help charities now, and over the coming months. Topic areas for the immediate crisis cover: Understand your users' needs; Review your core mission; Understand your environment and manage uncertainty; and Plan for monitoring and evaluation. Topics for charities to consider in the coming months are: Adapt your strategy: Redesign services Work with others; Measure and assess your result: and Assess and strengthen your internal resources and capabilities.

Last updated on hub: 02 June 2020

Adults social work group response to coronavirus crisis

British Association of Social Workers England

A position statement from the Adults Social Work Group of the British Association of Social Workers providing analysis and commentary on the 'Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities' (DHSC 1/4/20), to help prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and 'Responding to Covid-19: the ethical framework for adult social care' (DHSC 19/3/20). The statement highlights the sections of the guidance most relevant to social workers.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Recovering from Covid-19: supporting children and families

County Councils Network

This short report draws on research on the funding of Children Social Care carried out by the County Councils Network, highlights some of the key findings which are likely to impact the ability of County Authorities to respond to the needs of children and families which is anticipated will arise from the Covid-19 crisis. The research found that declining funding and rising demand has meant councils have had to decrease spending on preventative services and early intervention services in order to ensure they meet their statutory duties. Local authorities have also become increasingly reliant on the Troubled Families Programme to support their preventative work with families. The report argues that as lockdown starts to lift, it is preventative services which councils will need to help support recovery in their communities. It makes recommendations to Government which include: reform of the Troubled Families programme beyond 2020/1 centred on helping families to recover from the Covid-19 emergency; and renaming the Troubled Families programme to become less stigmatising and more inclusive as the nature of the families targeted by the programme change due to the impact of Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance

Department of Health and Social Care

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This document provides additional guidance to supplement 'The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic', which was published in April 2020. It includes guidance on: testing someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity; providing life-saving treatment to someone who lacks the capacity to consent; hospitals and care homes; and using emergency public health powers when someone who lacks relevant capacity needs to be isolated because they have symptoms and are not following public health advice. [First published 29 May 2020; last updated 15 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Activities delivered at home by family carers to maintain cognitive function in people with dementia socially isolating during COVID-19: evidence for non-technology based activities / interventions

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review to identify evidence for which non-technology based activities that can be delivered at home by family carers are effective in maintaining cognitive function in people with dementia who are socially isolating during COVID-19. These interventions can include reminiscence therapy, cognitive stimulation therapy, music-based interventions, art therapy or meaningful activities. The review found very few studies where family carers were trained or supported to deliver an intervention within the home environment. However, it identified a small body of evidence to suggest that activities delivered at home by family carers may have some positive effects on cognition and mood. The evidence suggests that engaging people with dementia in activities that they find enjoyable or those that link to past work/hobbies can be helpful in giving a sense of purpose and meaning during a time of isolation. Non-technology based interventions may have some practical advantages for those currently isolating at home since they are inexpensive and do not require extensive training.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Webinar recording: Remote assessments during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Alex Ruck Keene, Lorraine Currie and Chelle Farnan from the National Mental Capacity Form (NMCF) discuss how the law works in terms of remote assessment and the practicalities during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020