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Responding to Covid-19: some personal reflections

Adoption and Fostering

Person reflection. At the time of writing, many health professionals who are members of CoramBAAF are at the frontline of the fight with the virus and some medical advisers and health professionals working with looked after children have been redeployed from their substantive roles to work in other areas of health care provision. Considers how health service interventions and assessments that are critical components of adoption and fostering work can be carried out during the coronavirus pandemic. Covers how the response has changed during the beginning months of the crisis, the need for guidance and looking to the future.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Responding to shocks: 10 lessons for government

Institute for Government

The pandemic and, before that, Brexit have exposed strengths and weaknesses in the British state. Drawing on interviews with politicians from different parties, civil servants and experts from central, devolved and local government, this paper sets out ten lessons for government, including in relation to social care. We reflect on what can be learnt from successful aspects of the UK’s response to the two system-wide shocks, as well as identifying new and pre-existing government weaknesses that have been exposed. We have grouped the lessons into three broad areas: 1. Anticipating shocks – risk analysis and preparedness; 2. The mechanics of government – policy, operations and communication; 3. Checks and balance – accountability, propriety and effective scrutiny. This exercise in learning lessons is not comprehensive. Rather, it gives a snapshot of the strengths and weaknesses of government in the UK, especially when placed under strain. The paper notes that the spending power of local government reduced by approximately 40% between 2010 and 2016 and the absence of a long-term funding solution for social care meant that the care sector was “very fragile” going into the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 30 March 2021

Responding to the ‘Shadow Pandemic’: practitioner views on the nature of and responses to violence against women in Victoria, Australia during the COVID-19 restrictions

Monash University

This report presents the findings from a survey to capture the voices and experiences of practitioners responding to women experiencing violence during the COVID-19 shutdown in Victoria, Australia. With more people confined to their homes to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, there is a greater risk of violence against women and children. The analysis of practitioner responses to the survey found that the pandemic has led to: an increase in the frequency and severity of violence against women (VAW); an increase in the complexity of women’s needs; for 42 per cent of respondents, an increase in first-time family violence reporting by women; enhanced tactics to achieve social isolation and forms of violence specifically relating to the threat and risk of COVID-19 infection; for many women experiencing violence during the lockdown period, there was less ability to seek help; service innovations have occurred across Victoria to enhance accessibility and effectiveness of service delivery during the COVID-19 easing of restrictions and recovery phase; numerous challenges to providing support, undertaking effective risk assessment and carrying out safety planning during the COVID-19 shutdown phase. The research also draws attention to the wellbeing considerations for practitioners working remotely to support women experiencing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to develop worker supports as restrictions are eased and a period of recovery is entered.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

Responding to the challenges of COVID-19: guidance for multi-agency forums (including Maracs)

SafeLives

The potential threat of COVID-19 to the health and safety of frontline staff and service users poses a real and immediate challenge for safeguarding families at risk of domestic abuse. This document provides advice to help multi-agency forums, including Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (Marcs), be flexible and respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It covers advice on using virtual forums; managing meetings; assessing additional risk posed to victims of domestic abuse and their children; and safety planning to maximising the opportunity for safe communication between vulnerable families and services. Version date: 19 March 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Responding to the challenges of COVID-19: guidance for practitioners working with domestic abuse perpetrators

Respect

This document offers advice to professionals and practitioners who are working with domestic abuse perpetrators during the COVID-19 crisis. It is based on the learning from conversations with accredited services working with perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse and national and international experts. The document recommends that all practitioners follow their own organisation’s health and safety guidance, safeguarding procedures and business and contingency protocols. When considering any changes to existing service provision, a set of principles, outlined in the Respect Service Standard, remain important. They are: safety first; do not harm; the system matters; support for the staff. The document also signposts to additional resources, advice and support services.

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2020

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic: ethical considerations. Rapid policy briefing

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Policy briefing from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics setting out the key ethical considerations relevant to public health measures being introduced to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK. It draws on the findings of a number of in-depth inquiries, including those concerned with public health, solidarity, and research in global health emergencies. Key points in the briefing include: public health measures need to be evidence-based and proportionate; aims of any interventions should be clearly communicated to the public; coercion and intrusion into people's lives should be the minimum possible; and the importance of solidarity at an international level between countries, by businesses in how they exercise their corporate social responsibility, and at the individual level.

Last updated on hub: 02 April 2020

Responsive technical help: digitally supporting users of respite care during COVID-19

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This document signposts to sources of online information and guidance specifically related to COVID-19, to help people access daily living support and respite care provided locally, nationally and globally using websites and other communication tools. There are genuine and growing concerns about service users and carers potentially becoming socially isolated. Households may also be missing more informal respite help normally given by family and friends as well as professional services. With an increased burden of caring and trying to cope with rising expenses during lockdown, carers can feel overwhelmed, exhausted and are at increased risk of burnout. Focusing on digital support for users of respite care, the resource links to practical advice and information, covering : emerging COVID-19 issues; poverty and digital exclusion; virtual respite care (connectivity; training; group activities; personalisation apps; sharing one device with multiple people; parental controls; accessibility; video calls; data usage and mobile data/wi-fi); communication passports; government and official advice; health; and education.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for care home providers on limiting staff movement between settings in all but exceptional circumstances to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This guidance sets out expectations of providers on limiting the routine movement of staff, and how to manage the risks of deploying individuals who work in multiple settings in those exceptional circumstances where it is the only remaining mechanism to ensure enough staff are available to care for service users safely. Care home providers should continue to limit all staff movement between settings unless absolutely necessary to help reduce the spread of infection. This includes: staff who work for one provider across several care homes; staff who work on a part-time basis for multiple employers in multiple care homes or other care settings; and agency or other temporary staff. There are limited exceptional circumstances where, in order to ensure enough staff are available to provide care safely, care home providers may need to deploy people who are also working in another health or social care setting. [First published 1 March 2021; last updated 3 March 2021]

Last updated on hub: 02 March 2021

Restructuring paradigm in the wake of COVID-19: a study of Kerala model

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

The novel coronavirus that shook the world population has restructured the world order. While the scientists are grappling hard to find a solution to the imminent problem at hand, the pandemic has thrown the human race into a perplexed stage questioning and mostly changing everything they believed in. The pandemic has replaced human beings as social animal to virtual being. The social distancing mandate required for the survival as propounded by WHO has forced individuals to keep the other humans at bay. The present paper is an attempt to look at the changes the world is facing with respect to the social, cultural, economic, and psychological aspects with a special focus on the internationally acclaimed Kerala model of survival. Kerala, a small state located within the southern peninsula of the country has played an important role in containing the spread of the virus despite its larger population density. The paper focuses on the innovative mechanics followed by the state to curtail the spreading. It also attempts to look at the changes that have been brought in the general human behavior.

Last updated on hub: 07 December 2020

Re-thinking local

Local Government Association

This paper sets out a framework to support a recovery and rebuilding programme following the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the need to address the inequalities the pandemic has exposed; to connect with people’s identities and sense of community; to harness the energy and dynamism which have been the hallmarks of the response to this crisis; and to rebuild the economy so that it benefits everyone. The document sets out a series of offers from local to central Government, alongside a set of asks. It argues that local leaders must be able to bring government departments and agencies together to deliver locally determined and accountable outcomes that go beyond the institutional boundaries, switching focus from process and bidding for grants to one of outcomes and rewards for achieving them. The paper calls on the Government to offer the broadest vision possible in its upcoming English Devolution White Paper and to present a localist spending review with place-based budgets, in tune with the needs of the local economy, communities and the environment. Specific asks on the Government include: to work with all parts of social care, particularly those with lived experience, on a way forward for the long-term future of care based on the lessons from the pandemic on the role and value of social care; to ensure that system-wide plans of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships build on and knit together place-based plans and neighbourhood delivery; and to invest in preventative universal and early help services to ensure that children, young people and families receive the practical, emotional, educational and mental health support they need, as soon as they need it.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

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