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Social Work England and PCFSW best practice guide for assessing online risks, harm and resilience and safeguarding of children and young people online

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

A practice guide to help support social workers to think about and assess online risks, harm and resilience and safeguarding children and young people online. The guide is aimed at social work and social care practitioners and managers, as well as qualifying social work students. It includes a framework for assessing online risks, harm and resilience; a framework for the holistic assessment of children and families; and a practice tool that can be used with young people and their families for assessing online risks and resilience. The guide has been developed by Social Work England and the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network in consultation with practitioners, managers and the PCFSW reference group. Version last updated: 26 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Postive and challenging stories from care homes: episode 1

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on sharing some of the positive stories heard from care homes across the country, whilst also acknowledging the huge challenges that many are facing at the current time. This includes an example of huge generosity from care homes in Liverpool, coming together to help another care home that was facing an outbreak of COVID-19. Another example is about how technology is keeping residents connected to their loved ones and communities, before ending with joyous news of a 100th birthday. Video posted 11 April, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Supporting relatives to connect to residents during COVID-19: episode 5

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on innovative tips and techniques that care homes across the country are using to keep relatives connected to residents, as well as informed and reassured at this understandably anxious time. And to end, one care home gets a visit from a rainbow pony! Video posted 7 May, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Self care techniques: episode 2

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on what self-care techniques help care home managers to replenish their energy levels. Video posted 17 April, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Supporting care home residents living with dementia during COVID-19: episode 7

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on how best to support care home residents living with dementia during COVID-19. Stories, tips, methods are shared and signposting for how best to support residents living with dementia at this difficult time. Video posted 2 June, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Resources to help staff and residents feel connected to their spiritual and religious needs during lockdown: episode 4

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on resources to help staff and residents feel connected to their spiritual and religious needs during lockdown. It also talk about enhancing wellbeing and recount more stories of thoughtful acts of kindness. Video posted 1 May, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Stories of care homes across the country: episode 3

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on resources on the stories of care homes across the country. It includes examples of rising PPE costs, but also how local businesses are rallying together and donating supplies. Resourceful managers are contacting their councils and MPs for support regarding staff transport, whilst others are using isolation as a chance to reflect on their person centred care. Finally, what talents within the care team could bring joy to both residents and staff? Video posted 24 April, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

COVID-19: good council practice

Local Government Association

The Local Government Association are publishing case studies that will be of help to local authorities as they navigate this changed environment, while showcasing some of the important work being carried out by the sector. The case studies are broader than social care but touch on many areas of interest to the care sector such as supporting vulnerable residents.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

COVID-19: Local examples of care technology approaches

Local Government Association

See examples of local care technology approaches being taken by councils to support the adult social care COVID-19 response. Includes: Essex, Kent and Suffolk county councils approach to providing virtual care.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Leave no family behind: strengthening Local Welfare Assistance during Covid-19

The Children's Society

Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) provide a rapid means for councils to support low-income households in times of financial crisis. Using data from freedom of information requests this report highlights how spend on local welfare provision has continued to fall across the country, with fewer applications and awards being made to LWAS. The report also shares examples of how councils and voluntary and community sector organisations are working to meet increased demand for local welfare provision in response to COVID-19. The report calls for government to ensure that local authorities have the funding and resources to effectively deliver LWAS in partnership with voluntary and community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020