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Recommendations in covid-19 times: a view for home care

Brazilian Journal of Nursing (Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem)

Objective: To suggest recommendations for the practice of Home Nursing in the context of COVID-19. Method: Reflective study, originated from readings associated with the theme, available in current guidelines from the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health. Results: Recommendations were developed from current scientific evidence for prevention of infections, control of epidemics and pandemics in the Brazilian home scenario. Final considerations: the reflections achieved contribute to guiding actions for better assistance to the patient, family caregivers and the community in the perspective of safe home care with COVID-19, and it is characterized as an introductory discussion on the theme, encouraging new studies to be carried out from the unfolding of the current scenario.

Last updated on hub: 19 October 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

Recovery plan: children in care and care leavers

The Children's Society

This briefing sets out key concerns about children in care and care leavers and the systems and structures that have been affected by COVID-19. It outlines the short-term and long-term actions that national and/or local government should prioritise when planning their support for children in care and care leavers in the context of COVID-19. The extent of the impact of the pandemic and ‘lockdown’ on the care system and care experienced young people is yet to be fully understood but emerging concerns include: placement breakdowns; safeguarding of children and young people in unregulated accommodation; children missing from care; impact on children and young people’s mental health; contact with families; out of area placements; care leavers; sufficiency and operational capacity. To address the impact of the pandemic on care experienced young people now and in the future, the briefing recommends that the Government: protect the rights and entitlements of care experienced young people; ensure care experienced young people can access education; support mental health and wellbeing of care experienced young people, ensuring trauma-informed approaches underpin the support children in care receive; be ambitious for, and supportive of, the needs of care leavers; put children’s interests, wishes and experiences at the heart of the Care Review, addressing early support work with families, sufficiency and commissioning of care placements, use of unregulated accommodation, trauma-informed practice, and support for social care professionals and carers.

Last updated on hub: 29 July 2020

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

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