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NICE guidance: preventing infection and promoting wellbeing

Skills for Care

This webinar – delivered by NICE – focuses on two areas of NICE guidance: helping to prevent infection and promoting positive mental wellbeing, considering the particular challenges for social care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also covers NICE COVID-19 rapid guidelines and NICE social care quick guides.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

No way out: children stuck in B&Bs during lockdown

Children’s Commissioner for England

An analysis of the impact of Covid-19 crisis, drawing on data from the 15 local authorities with the highest numbers of children in B&B accommodation. This research estimates that there were between 1,100 – 2,000 families in England in B&Bs on 23 March. It is estimated that this range has dropped to between 750 and 1,350 by the time full lockdown ended on 31 May. Furthermore, there was an increase in the proportion of families who had spent longer than 6 weeks in B&Bs between 23 March and 31 May, despite this being unlawful. The report argues that while living in a B&B has never been appropriate for a child, the problems have been amplified during Covid-19. Unable to attend school, children living in cramped conditions were struggling to complete schoolwork, putting them at a distinct disadvantage from their peers. Although families were technically still able to go to parks for their exercise during this time, many families were too anxious to do so. The stresses of living in a B&B are heightened when families share the building with vulnerable adults also being housed by the council or other services, such as those with mental health or drug abuse problems – being unable to escape the B&B during lockdown would have increased feelings of anxiety. In addition, the lockdown, reduced the opportunities for contact between homeless families and the professionals that normally protect them. The Children’s Commissioner calls for: support for children who were homeless during lockdown; all families housed in B&Bs to be moved out of them in the event of further local or national lockdowns; and action to prevent new family homelessness in the coming weeks and months.

Last updated on hub: 03 September 2020

Normalcy for children in foster care in the time of coronavirus

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: This paper aims to describe how a sense of normalcy for young people in foster care can be critical to their well-being. Design/methodology/approach: This paper reports on policy and practice efforts in the USA to promote normalcy for youth in care. The authors review policy that promotes normalcy and report on one organization's efforts to support these goals. Findings: COVID-19 has offered profound challenges to the goal of normalcy. Rise Above has adapted to meet the challenges. Originality/value: The authors argue that COVID may also offer opportunities to build toward a more robust paradigm of normalcy within child welfare policy and practice.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

North Ayrshire: a case study on kindness

Carnegie UK Trust

In 2018, the Carnegie UK Trust was invited to work in partnership with North Ayrshire Council, to explore what it would mean to embed kindness across a local authority, and what that might achieve. This report tells the story of that two-year journey. While there has been growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships in recent years, the question of how to embed this into organisational values and behaviours – the practical application of kindness – has received less attention. This ‘case study on kindness’ begins by revisiting our starting ambition to reframe the relationship between local government and communities, and rehearses the activities and achievements along the way, including North Ayrshire’s response to Covid-19. However, it also recognises that the journey is not yet complete: and so, the report finishes by reflecting on challenges and learning, particularly over the last 6 months. It finishes with five priorities for sustaining and developing kindness, which may be relevant and urgent not just for North Ayrshire, but for local government everywhere. These are: create a shared narrative; put power in people’s hands; build on models of partnership; give permission to act; reassess ‘value’ and ‘performance’.

Last updated on hub: 04 January 2021

North East Lincolnshire Council's approach delivering online support, advice and guidance

North East Lincolnshire Council

Matt Clayton, Group Manager Safer at North East Lincolnshire Council writes a guest blog,for technology partner IMPOWER website about how the council has had to work rapidly to deliver online support, advice and guidance to vulnerable families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust: information and advice hub

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Practice example about how North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust set up a coordinated staff psychology support hub at the end of March to ensure internal coordination of support for staff, patients and carers in terms of information, toolkits, advice, risk assessment and onward support where needed. Also covers some of the key challenges and learning points to date.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID19) standard operating procedure: COVID-19 vaccine deployment programme: frontline social care workers (JCVI Priority Cohort 2)

NHS England

This standard operating procedure (SOP) outlines the process for facilitating COVID-19 vaccination for frontline social care workers (excluding those working in care homes for older adults) as defined by the JCVI. This includes the identification of eligible care workers and the roles and responsibilities within local systems for enabling and supporting care workers to be vaccinated. The SOP also outlines how Hospital Hubs, Vaccination Centres and Local Vaccination Services should work to deliver COVID-19 vaccination to frontline social care workers at pace. It covers how they should work in partnership to match vaccination capacity to meet demand, support booking, on the day arrangements and data capture to monitor uptake. It does not cover the clinical delivery of the vaccine, which is covered in separate guidance.

Last updated on hub: 19 January 2021

NRPF: statement and guidance

British Association of Social Workers

This note sets out BASW’s position on No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF), the relevant legal and policy context and provides some guidance for social work practice. NRPF is one aspect of a range of immigration law, policy and practice in the UK. Those with NRPF cannot claim income-based benefits which includes (but is not limited to) child benefit, housing benefit, universal credit, income support, free school meals, disability living allowance or tax credits. BASW’s position is that the legislation, policies and practices of NRPF have a profoundly negative impact on the most vulnerable in society and when applied to those who are destitute, or who are faced with destitution, result in breaches of human rights law. The statement calls for a suspension of the NRPF condition so that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to receive financial support during the Covid-19 outbreak; and for a comprehensive independent review of the model of NRPF in relation to those who are destitute, or who face destitution, with a view to the Government replacing the model with a system that is both adequately funded and resourced and is compliant with the UK’s commitments to human rights.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Nursing home design and COVID-19: balancing infection control, quality of life, and resilience

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

Many nursing home design models can have a negative impact on older people and these flaws have been compounded by Coronavirus Disease 2019 and related infection control failures. This article proposes that there is now an urgent need to examine these architectural design models and provide alternative and holistic models that balance infection control and quality of life at multiple spatial scales in existing and proposed settings. Moreover, this article argues that there is a convergence on many fronts between these issues and that certain design models and approaches that improve quality of life, will also benefit infection control, support greater resilience, and in turn improve overall pandemic preparedness.

Last updated on hub: 07 December 2020

Nursing home social workers perceptions of preparedness and coping for COVID-19

Journals of Gerontology Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences

Objectives: Social work has a long history of responding to the needs of vulnerable populations during times of crisis and disaster. Social workers are working at the front lines responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of health care practice settings, including nursing homes; however, it is unclear how social workers perceive their preparedness during this time. Methods: This study employed a cross-sectional survey to nursing home social workers via social media on feelings of preparedness for COVID-19, what has been most professionally helpful for social workers during these times in their role in COVID-19, as well as demographic questions. Demographic data were analyzed using SPSS and qualitative data were analyzed using the rigorous and accelerated data reduction technique. Results: Data are based on a sample of 63 (N = 63) nursing home social workers. Findings revealed that while some social workers felt prepared for the coronavirus, many respondents stated that they were unprepared to meet the demands and challenges they were facing. Moreover, participants shared that professional support was critically important to get through COVID-19. Discussion: These findings are important, as social workers are tasked with ensuring each resident attains their highest level of psychosocial well-being, which can be achieved only when nursing home staff are supported. Findings from the present study suggest that additional support for nursing home staff ought to include peer mentoring and mutual support. Additionally, improved leadership across health care settings is worth assessing.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020