COVID-19 resources for managers and leaders

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COVID-19 and safeguarding adults: frequently asked questions

Local Government Association

These frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and safeguarding adults cover three broad areas: overarching issues; issues for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs); and safeguarding issues regarding specific areas of abuse or neglect. It includes questions on safeguarding residents in care homes, domestic violence, safeguarding people with learning disabilities, homeless people, and people who lack mental capacity, The document is aimed at a wide range of people involved in safeguarding adults. It was published on 22 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Accessing support : the role of the voluntary and community sector during COVID-19

Local Government Association

A briefing paper to provide councils and community and voluntary sector with information on the role and contribution of the community and voluntary sector and the use of volunteers in local and national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes links to resources, guidance and tools to support councils to work effectively with national and local voluntary and community services and in the use of volunteers. The briefing was published on 2 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Covid-19 Webinar for AMHP Leads and PSWs

British Association of Social Workers England

Webinar recorded on 20 March 2020 aimed at Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Leads and Principal Social Workers to discuss issues raised in the Coronavirus Bill. The panel included: Ruth Allen and Claire Barcham, British Association of Social Workers; Steve Chamberlain, AMHP Leads Group and Mark Trewin, Department of Health and Social Care.

Last updated on hub: 04 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

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

Coronavirus (Covid-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance explains how local authorities and social care providers can tell the Department of Health and Social Care about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care. There is no legal duty on employers to submit this information, but it can help to make sure the appropriate steps can be taken following the death of a care worker.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

The practical steps local authorities are taking to support local social care providers

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This summary sets out some of the measures that local authorities have put in place to support care home and home care providers, ensure their stability and safeguard care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on the financial support and practical support being offered to social care providers.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

ADASS rapid survey: how are local authorities supporting local social care providers to respond to Covid-19?

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

The results of a rapid survey of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) members to gather data about the measures local authorities have put in place to support local social care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. It found that 95% of responding local authorities are using a variety of payments in advance to support care providers. Of those local authorities that have taken action to address the temporary cost pressures facing providers, 97% have provided financial support to providers. The survey was carried out between 28th April to 1 May 2020 and received from 89% of local authorities with responsibility for Adult Social Care in England.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

Summary of international policy measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector

London School of Economics and Political Science

This working paper provides a summary of measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector, compiled from contributions from members of the International Long-Term Care Policy Network. The list of measures is not exhaustive, it only contains examples of measures that have been reported or identified by contributors to the website so far.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020