COVID-19 resources

Results 1251 - 1260 of 1806

Order by    Date Title

Recovery plan: safeguarding and child protection

The Children's Society

This briefing sets out the principle concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on the safety and wellbeing of children and the ability of agencies to respond to situations where children are at risk of harm within their family unit, or from others online and in communities. It outlines short-term and long-term actions that national and/or local government should prioritise to protect children in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. There is very limited evidence on the full impact of the pandemic and lockdown on children and families but the available data and evidence from practitioners working directly with families and children highlight a number of emerging concerns, including: low visibility of children during lockdown; impact on the child protection services; lack of support for families under stress; children in domestic abuse situations; victims of child sexual abuse; child victims of criminal exploitation; children missing from home; young carers; increase in online risks; and pressures on the family justice system. To address the impact of COVID-19 on safeguarding children now and in the future the briefing recommends that the Government: ensure that all children at risk are reached with an offer of help; invest in children’s services capacity to safeguard children; ensure that all vulnerable children are supported to go back to education; put experiences of children and families at the heart of future responses; be ambitious in national policy changes.

Last updated on hub: 29 July 2020

Recovery planning for Covid-19: back to school

The Children's Society

This briefing sets out a recovery plan as children return to school following Covid-19 lockdown. It outlines a number of short, and longer term, actions that national Government, local authorities, and schools, could take to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on children’s lives and ensure that education systems are strengthened and made more resilient for the future. Specifically, the paper focuses on children mental health and wellbeing, safeguarding aspects, learning and attainment and financial hardship and poverty. The briefing calls on the Department for Education to establish a national programme of wellbeing measurement for children and young people; and to facilitate a comprehensive and inclusive review of the impact of lockdown on education, shaped by the voices of children, parents and carers, teachers and other school staff, charities supporting children and families, unions and the Department.

Last updated on hub: 29 July 2020

Recovery planning for Covid-19: children and young people’s mental health

The Children's Society

This briefing outlines the key challenges Covid-19 has presented in relation to children and young people's mental health and what changes need to be implemented during the recovery period. The coronavirus pandemic will have far-reaching consequences for babies’, children and young people’s mental health. Before the pandemic, one in eight children and young people aged 5-19 in England had a diagnosable mental health condition. The pandemic will have posed serious challenges to the mental health of these young people but there is also growing evidence that lockdown has had a much wider impact on children’s mental health that could have long term implications. The briefing makes specific short and long-term recommendation for each age group (pre-birth to 4 years of age, primary and secondary school, post-16 support) and for the wider mental health support system, including ensuring community based support services are given additional funding and support to increase capacity over the long-term; reviewing child and adolescent mental health services (CYPMHS) to prepare for the rise of referrals; and setting out detailed plans about how the Government will meet the target in the NHS Long Term Plan for 100 per cent of children and young people who need specialist mental health care to be able to access it in the coming decade.

Last updated on hub: 29 July 2020

Reducing burdens on educational and care settings

Department for Education

List of data collections, services or requests which will be cancelled, paused or will continue during the Covid-19 pandemic. [Last updated 19 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 08 December 2020

Reducing health inequalities associated with Covid-19

NHS Providers

This framework offers principles for a population health level approach to understanding and taking action on health inequalities which have developed or worsened as a result of the COVID-19 crisis that began in 2019/20. It focuses on what NHS acute hospital trusts and mental health and community trusts can do, working as part of an integrated health and care system. The framework is intended to help NHS provider trusts to systematically review, describe, prioritise and further develop their role in addressing health inequalities during response and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and as part of their broader core efforts to meet the needs of their local population. The framework is designed to assist NHS provider trusts to address three main areas: the principles that should be used across the healthcare system to ensure the response to Covid-19 does not increase health inequalities; the priority actions for providers to implement, working in the context of the population and its healthcare system; the indicators that should be used to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on health inequalities. The principles for action include: supporting integrated, co-ordinated person centre care; ensuring services are accessible fo all, particularly those at risk of exclusion; health and care services should always be allocated based on healthcare need, striving in particular for equity of outcome, with a principle of proportional universalism embedded; wider determinants of health should be addressed and funded at a place-based level, harnessing available community assets; health and care staff should be valued and supported to maintain wellbeing and to enable delivery of high quality, person-centred care in all settings.

Last updated on hub: 01 December 2020

Reducing parental conflict in the context of Covid-19: adapting to virtual and digital provision of support

The Early Intervention Foundation

This report focuses on how Covid-19 and the lockdown have impacted on issues relating to parental conflict, and how those seeking to reduce parental conflict can adapt to the current situation using virtual and digital methods. The report presents findings from an EIF survey, conducted in June and July, which 42 local authorities and 13 intervention developers and providers used to describe how Covid-19 has impacted upon their ability to support families. It also provides a summary of 12 virtual and digital interventions available to support interparental relationships, and offer practical guidance on how to assess the impact of such interventions and how to appropriately engage parents remotely. The report finds that the vast majority of local authorities and intervention developers and providers have adapted their provision to be available virtually or digitally; most of the pre-existing virtual and digital interventions targeting interparental relationships have yet to show robust evidence that they can improve outcomes for children; and there is an opportunity to generate stronger evidence about the effectiveness of virtual and digital interventions, although this is likely to need support. The report provides practical guidance on: evaluating virtual and digital interventions targeting the interparental relationship, covering planning an impact evaluation, and selecting and using appropriate outcome measures in a virtual and digital context; engaging parents remotely, including strategies for recruiting and retaining participants in virtual and digital RPC interventions, paying special attention to the importance of the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and participant.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Reducing SARS‐CoV‐2 transmission in the UK: a behavioural science approach to identifying options for increasing adherence to social distancing and shielding vulnerable people

British Journal of Health Psychology

Purpose: To describe and discuss a systematic method for producing a very rapid response (3 days) to a UK government policy question in the context of reducing SARS‐CoV‐2 transmission. Methods: A group of behavioural and social scientists advising the UK government on COVID‐19 contributed to the analysis and writing of advice through the Government Office for Science. The question was as follows: What are the options for increasing adherence to social distancing (staying at home except for essential journeys and work) and shielding vulnerable people (keeping them at home and away from others)? This was prior to social distancing legislation being implemented. The first two authors produced a draft, based on analysis of the current government guidance and the application of the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW) framework to identify and evaluate the options. Results: For promoting social distancing, 10 options were identified for improving adherence. They covered improvements in ways of achieving the BCW intervention types of education, persuasion, incentivization, and coercion. For promoting shielding of vulnerable people, four options were identified covering the BCW intervention types of incentivization, coercion, and enablement. Conclusions: Responding to policymakers very rapidly as has been necessary during the COVID‐19 pandemic can be facilitated by using a framework to structure the thinking and reporting of multidisciplinary academics and policymakers.

Last updated on hub: 07 November 2020

Reducing social worker burnout during COVID-19

International Social Work

Burnout has become part of everyday vocabulary. During the time of COVID-19, burnout is no longer exclusively associated with job-related stress. Our current climate is entrenched with unprecedented levels of varying societal stressors. Particularly during this time, social workers should prioritize their own mental health. This is necessary in order to have continued success when working with others. This article proposes interventions for social workers to implement in order to combat burnout during the time of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 19 November 2020

Reducing the impact of Coronavirus on Poverty in Wales

A snapshot of the impact of Covid-19 on poverty in Wales up to the end of August. On the eve of the pandemic 700,000 people, nearly a quarter of the population, were already living in poverty. The pandemic has hit many of these families hard and swept others who were surviving just above the poverty threshold into poverty. The report draws on official data published by both the Welsh and UK Governments, alongside quantitative and qualitative data gathered from a range of stakeholders who are working with people in poverty. To complement this research a virtual roundtable was held with 14 people who have either been directly working on the front line in response to Covid-19 or who represent people and organisations undertaking such work. The report highlights some of the risk factors around work, social security and living costs that urgently need addressing to reduce the tightening grip of poverty. It identifies actions that the Welsh Government and Welsh local authorities should take immediately to help lift people out of poverty, rather than focusing on longer term solutions that should shape wider efforts to rebuild the economy and society.

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

Reflections and learning from our local service response to families during COVID-19

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

In spring 2020, the NSPCC adapted its delivery of local services for children and families across the UK to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Practitioners and teams now deliver some services virtually, and others are using a blend of virtual and face-to-face work (a hybrid service model) to support children and families. This briefing considers the experiences of practitioners, delivery partners, parents, carers and children involved in these adapted services between spring and autumn 2020, including: experiences of technology; how relationships were built virtually between practitioners and families; the quality of engagement between practitioners and families; children’s preferences for where and how sessions took place. Key findings include: providing remote support using virtual and digital methods worked very well for some services and yielded benefits for children and families; remote support was less suitable for high risk, complex cases; hybrid models combining remote and face-to-face support have good potential, if they’re child and family-led.

Last updated on hub: 30 March 2021

Order by    Date Title