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Mortality associated with COVID-19 in care homes: international evidence

International Long-term Care Policy Network

This document focuses on mortality associated with COVID-19 in care homes, summarising information from three types of sources: epidemiological studies, official estimates and news reports; and relies on national experts for confirmation of sources and definitions. Key findings include: official publicly available data on the numbers of deaths among care home residents linked to COVID-19 is not available in many countries; international comparisons are difficult due to differences in testing capabilities and policies, different approaches to recording deaths, and differing definitions of what constitutes a “care home”; there are three main approaches to quantifying deaths in relation to COVID-19: deaths of people who test positive (before or after their death), deaths of people suspected to have COVID-19 (based on symptoms or epidemiologically linked), and excess deaths (comparing total number of deaths with those in the same weeks in previous years); another important distinction is whether the data covers deaths of care home residents or only deaths in the care home; based on the data gathered for this report, the current average of the share of all COVID-19 deaths that were care home residents is 46% (based on 21 countries); the share of all care home residents who have died (linked to COVID-19) ranges from 0.01% in South Korea to over 4% (which would mean that over one in 25 care home residents have died linked to COVID-19) in Belgium, Ireland, Spain, the UK and the US; currently, there is limited evidence from anywhere in the world on how individuals who receive care in the community have been directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 04 November 2020

Most social workers say Covid-19 has negatively hit their work and the lives of those they support

Community Care

The results of a survey about practice in England during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey, carried out by Community Care, was completed by nearly 500 people working in adults’, children’s and mental health services, 92 percent of them qualified social workers. The survey found that more than half of practitioners have had to carry out duties that caused them anxiety because of infection risk, though three-quarters approve of their employer's response to the crisis.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

MoVE report 1: lessons from lockdown

The University of Sheffield

This report presents the first set of findings from 49 semi-structured interviews with a range of stakeholders from England, Scotland and Wales, about their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents findings on the lessons learned from the successes and challenges experienced by those involved in coordinating community-facing responses. It is the first of three reports out of this first stage of research. The lessons revolve around 5 key themes: the value of local responses – existing local infrastructure and community support networks have underpinned successful community responses; harnessing the energy of volunteers – the pandemic highlights the need to rethink volunteering so that more informal volunteering and “good neighbourliness” momentum can be harnessed; the role of the VCS sector – the voluntary and community sector (VCS) has been vital to mobilising volunteers and meeting needs during the pandemic and has proved its worth ten-fold; resisting the bureaucratic creep – one of the great leaps forward from coordinating community responses has been the breaking down of systemic bureaucratic barriers to working collaboratively; pending crises – the pending cliff edge and the likely ‘‘tsunami of demand’’ were central concerns; in particular, the impending funding crisis facing LAs, VCS and communities.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

MoVE report 2: models and frameworks for coordinating community responses during COVID-19

The University of Sheffield

.This is the second of three reports from phase one of the MoVE (mobilising volunteers effectively) project, exploring the models and frameworks utilised by local authorities (LAs) across the UK to coordinate community responses. The report presents the second set of findings from 49 semi-structured interviews with a range of stakeholders from England, Scotland and Wales, about their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It identifies a number of core underlying themes at the heart of response frameworks and processes; classifies three different response models; begins to sketch out potential post-COVID models of social action and community partnership; and offers some reflections for LAs wishing to retain learning from the pandemic and take these models forward. The data highlights three main frameworks that were utilised to coordinate volunteer and community support. These are: Model 1 – response cells utilising a VCS local infrastructure organisation as the primary coordinator/broker; Model 2 – response cells channelling support through a series of hubs; Model 3 – multi-agency response cells working directly with community networks and new informal movements. The report also identifies the key areas that shape what post-lockdown models of social action and community partnership could look like, including: flattened structures and greater decentralisation; the importance of established local infrastructure organisations; building on co-production models; enhanced role for community hubs; the role of informal volunteering and mutual aid.

Last updated on hub: 17 December 2020

Moving practice online: knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid -19 context

A summary of responses to a knowledge exchange held with social service practitioners in New Zealand on how they were adapting their practice to ensure physical distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Practitioners described many ways that their processes, practices and technologies were changing in order to continue their work. The document provides a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of practice adaptation and a list of ideas from practitioners. Four areas of practice adaptation are covered: engaging in direct practice - including managing potential risks related to heightened family stresses and the possibilities of family violence; managing service user pathways, including managing new referrals; ethical and cultural issue, such as balancing user needs with the need to reduce the spread of the virus; and staff issues relating to staff protections, work practices that reduce spread of the virus.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements: overcoming the challenges of Covid-19 measures

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: Information sharing and joint working between agencies undertaking direct work with children have long been recognised as fundamental to robust and effective safeguarding and child protection arrangements. The public health response to Covid-19 disrupted those arrangements abruptly. This study aims to identify some of the innovative practices that have been implemented and how responses might inform planning for multi-agency working in the future. Design/methodology/approach: This study presents reflections on preliminary fieldwork from a study of how agencies in London are responding to the challenges for multi-agency safeguarding arrangements created by the Covid-19 measures. It draws on the experience of expert practitioners in the research team as well as interviews with 17 senior professionals from local authorities, safeguarding partnerships and health. Findings: The study participants endorsed known concerns around increased risks to children and raised new concerns about particular groups of children that under normal circumstances would not have been at risk. They identified some unexpected benefits derived from new arrangements, especially in relation to engagement with remote working. Originality/value: Early insights are offered into promising initiatives to preserve strong multi-agency arrangements in crises and strengthen the resilience of the child protection system.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

Museums working with older people in times of pandemic

Working with Older People

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight some of the work with/for/about older people being undertaken by museums during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, thinking of museums as caregivers. Design/methodology/approach: This paper reviews the responses from museums which work with older adults, in times of pandemic. It reviews how museums have addressed older people during the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and Portugal. Two Portuguese maritime museums which have older adults as strategic audiences are selected and their Facebook webpage during the lockdown is analyzed. Findings: Museums were committed to delivering online the work they have been doing offline, not without limitations. The digital turn in times of pandemic draw attention to inequalities regarding visitors who has access and literacy to engage with the digital museum as well as museums themselves. Unlike in the UK, in the two maritime museums, there were no specific programmes targeting older people – except for COVID-19 messages. However, older adults are presented online as active and as experts on maritime issues, representing empowering versions of ageing, either online or offline. Originality/value: This paper reviewed and illustrated with empirical examples from the UK and Portugal how museums are addressing older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the wider debate on the role of arts, culture and cultural heritage for the well-being of older adults.

Last updated on hub: 29 December 2020

Mutual aid during a pandemic: a group work class example

Social Work with Groups

The pandemic of 2020 had faculty pivoting quickly from face-to-face to remote teaching. Many of us had to manage this herculean task with little know-how and within a short time-frame. Best practices were unclear given the highly individualized circumstances in which students were now living. Group work within an educational framework is possible and can help students effectively manage the stresses resulting from sudden crisis situations. The key to group work as practiced by social workers is mutual aid and it was this process that emerged in an online class for undergraduate students. It was not planned yet evolved in large part due to students’ capacity for caring, empathy, and connection.

Last updated on hub: 31 August 2020

My future, my feelings, my family: how Coronavirus is affecting young carers and young adult carers, and what they want you to do next

Carers Trust

Findings from a survey into the impact of Coronavirus on young carers aged 12 to 17 and young adult carers aged 18 to 25. With 961 responses from across the UK, the survey provides a base of evidence of how worries relating to the pandemic and increased isolation caused by the lockdown have affected the mental health and wellbeing of the UK’s young people with caring responsibilities. Specifically, the report shows that 40% of young carers and 59% of young adult carers say their mental health is worse since Coronavirus; 67% of young carers and 78% of young adult carers are more worried about the future since Coronavirus; 66% of young carers and 74% of young adult carers are feeling more stressed since Coronavirus; 69% of both young carers and young adult carers are feeling less connected to others since Coronavirus; 11% of young carers and 19.7% of young adult carers report an increase of 30 hours or more in the amount of time they spend caring per week; 58% of young carers who are caring for longer since Coronavirus are spending on average ten hours a week more on their caring responsibilities and among young adult carers the proportion is even higher at 63.6%; 7.74% of young carers and 14.94% of young adult carers who responded to the survey, said that they are now spending over 90 hours a week caring for a family member or friend.

Last updated on hub: 23 September 2020

National Care Forum COVID-19 guidance and resources

National Care Forum

The COVID-19 section of the National Care Forum (NCF) website is a good source for government guidance and information relevant to the care sector. The resource includes links to information about: infection control, CPA Visitors’ Protocol, clinical guidance, regulation, information governance, workforce, supported housing and homeless, volunteering wellbeing and other practical resources.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020