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The impact of Covid-19 on the health and care voluntary sector

National Voices

Findings of a survey of forty health and care charities on the impact of the coronavirus emergency on their services and their income. By providing a listening ear when people need it most, signposting and advocating for the right support, delivering accurate and trusted information and advice about the virus itself or connecting to people who are experiencing similar challenges, the voluntary sector is on the frontline of combatting COVID-19. The analysis shows that 77% of respondents reported a slight or significant increase in demand for their services; 28% of respondents predicted at least a 40% drop in their fundraising income over the next 12 months; respondents estimated an approximate 30% reduction in activities during COVID-19. Key workstreams that have reduced include research programmes, core support services, cancellation or postponement of fundraising events, postponement of NHS service improvement programmes, halting of support worker training and the cessation of peer support groups. 45% of respondents had furloughed staff or were about to – of those who intended to furlough staff or had already done so, approximately 50% of staff were on furlough. From the analysis of the data, a number of key messages emerge, including: the health and care voluntary sector is central to combatting the virus and supporting those facing unique challenges during the pandemic; the sector has innovated and adapted quickly in order to maintain their services and meet increased demand but it is particularly hard hit by COVID-19; while current Government support fails to meet its unique needs, a strong and diverse health and care charity sector is needed in order to build back better from COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Child suicide rates during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: real-time surveillance

National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)

This briefing describes the findings from a real-time surveillance system (which was set up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic) relating to child death by suicide in England during lockdown. The report identifies likely suicides between 1 January 2020 and 17 May 2020, and compared rates before and during lockdown (a comparison was also made with deaths occurring at a similar time in 2019). In 2020, during the 82 days before lockdown, there were 26 likely child suicides and a further 25 in the first 56 days of lockdown. In 12 of the 25 post-lockdown deaths, factors related to Covid-19 or lockdown were thought to have contributed to the deaths. While there is a concerning signal that child suicide deaths may have increased during the first 56 days of lockdown, the risk remains low and numbers are too small to reach definitive conclusions. Amongst the likely suicide deaths reported after lockdown, restriction to education and other activities, disruption to care and support services, tensions at home and isolation appeared to be contributing factors. Although the finding of increased risk is unconfirmed statistically, clinicians and services should be aware of the possible increase and the need for vigilance and support.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Children’s rights impact assessment on the response to Covid-19 in Scotland

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

This report presents an independent children’s rights impact assessment on the emergency (CRIA) measures introduced by Scottish Government and UK Government to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The report outlines the framing and context for this independent CRIA and considers the predicted impacts of the COVID-19 measures on children and young people’s human rights. The overview then looks ahead to issues as Scotland comes out of the crisis, lessons learned, and conclusions for responding to the challenges and ensuring that children and young people’s human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. While acknowledging that legislative decisions have been primarily concerned with protecting children’s, young people’s and their families’ rights to survival and development, the report looks at where such rights may have been limited unreasonably, and how such rights can be best addressed currently and into the future. It identifies three systemic issues that if addressed would ensure children and young people’s human rights are better respected, protected and fulfilled as the transition is made to the ‘new normal’. These are: law reform – COVID-19 has starkly highlighted areas of existing Scots law that are not compliant with the UNCRC; data and resources – for example, disaggregated data is needed to understand impact on children and young people from Gypsy/Traveller communities; asylum seeking, refugee and migrant children and young people; and those living in families affected by disability; and improving children’s rights impact assessments – ensuring for instance that they pay greater attention to children’s best interests, non-discrimination and participation.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

Community development work: the approach in Camden Council

Research In Practice: Dartington

This podcast looks at Camden Council's role in community development, relational activism, and how the strength of the community has helped to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

Update on policies for visiting arrangements in care homes

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for making arrangements for limited visits to care homes, aimed at care providers and directors of public health. Visiting policies and decisions must aim to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission wherever possible, taking into account the circumstances of the individual care home (for example, its employee availability, resident demographics and outbreak status); and its local circumstances (local epidemiological risk, presence of outbreaks in the community). The guide sets out the principles of a local approach to visiting arrangements and dynamic risk assessment; guidance for providers establishing their visiting policy; guidance for providers taking decisions on visiting for particular residents or groups of residents; infection control precautions; communicating with relatives and others about the visiting policy and visiting decisions. [Published 22 July 2020; Last updated 31 July 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

Adult specialist care: a key part of social care infrastructure validated by coronavirus

LaingBuisson

LaingBuisson in partnership with Grant Thornton held a conversation about adult social care. This webinar looked at questions about if lessons will have been learned and will social care in general be held in higher esteem? Following the media’s initial focus on acute care in the NHS, the social care sector has now been recognised as the new front line and a vital part of UK infrastructure. Will the funding follow and will the future be brighter? You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here:https://www.laingbuissonevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/LaingBuisson-Webinar_Adult-Specialist-Care_Final-Slide-Deck.pdf [Webinar recorded 14 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Homecare and supported living: a market where Coronavirus is accelerating existing trends

LaingBuisson

LaingBuisson in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard held a conversation about homecare and supported living during the COVID-19 pandemic. Homecare and supported living could be two of the “winners” from coronavirus. This webinar reviewed the new LaingBuisson market report, the market today and the outlook post coronavirus. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here:https://www.laingbuissonevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Webinar-Slides_Homecare-and-Supported-Living-070520.pdf [Webinar recorded 7 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Managing coronavirus risk and liability in health and social care

LaingBuisson

LaingBuisson in partnership with DAC Beachcroft and Marsh held a conversation about managing coronavirus risk and liability in health and social care. This webinar focused on current insurance considerations, mitigating actions care providers should be taking, regulatory implications and Human Rights Act consideration. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: https://www.laingbuissonevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Webinar_Managing-Risk-and-Liability-Slide-Deck_200520.pdf [Webinar recorded 20 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Cornavirus and the social care sector: the long view

LaingBuisson

LaingBuisson webinar considers the complex set of immediate challenges to those working in the social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar provided a forum for an exchange of views based on the most up-to-the-minute information provided by some of the leading stakeholders from the social care sector. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: https://www.laingbuisson.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LaingBuisson-webinar-Social-Care-Long-Term-View-April-2020.pdf [Webinar recorded 16 April 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

COVID-19 guide for drug and alcohol residential rehab and detox services

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This guide aims to provide specific and useful information for all drug and alcohol residential detox and rehab services dealing with COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020