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Coronavirus: impact on young people with mental health needs: survey 2, summer 2020


Outlines the findings of a survey with young people investigating the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 2,036 young people with a history of mental health needs took part in the survey between Friday 6th June and Monday 5th July, a period in which the Government announced measures to ease restrictions, including the target for schools to reopen to all students in the Autumn term. The results reveal that 4 in 5 respondents agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse – this was often related to increased feelings of anxiety, isolation, a loss of coping mechanisms or a loss of motivation. Among more than 1,000 respondents who were accessing mental health support in the three months leading up the crisis nearly 1 in 3 said they were no longer able to access support but still needed it. About 1 in 10 respondents said that their mental health had improved during the crisis – this was often because they felt it was beneficial to be away from the pressures of their normal life (e.g. bullying or academic pressure at school). The report calls on the Government to commit to a recovery plan for children and young people’s mental health, including ring-fenced funding for mental health in schools, colleges and universities; a transition period for schools, colleges and universities in which allowances are made for the effects of trauma or emotional distress; and a long-term cross government strategy on young people’s mental health.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Coronavirus: supporting pupils’ mental health and well-being

National Association of Head Teachers

This guidance aims to help school leaders and their staff, in all phases of education, support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, by outlining some universal approaches for all pupils and for with those with low-level mental health needs. The guide covers the impact of coronavirus pandemic on children and young peoples’ mental health and well-being; how the experiences of COVID-19 and lockdown might affect pupils when they return to school; how to support pupils to readjust, recover and move forwards; fear, anxiety and uncertainty; transitions; relationships; self-regulation, concentration and engagement; what schools and teachers can do through PSHE education; and supporting the well-being of school staff. The guide recognises that coronavirus is amplifying the inequalities associated with social determinants of mental and physical health. Several social and economic factors (e.g. poverty and separation from parents and carers) make some young people more vulnerable to the mental health challenges of the pandemic. Children and young people from homes where domestic abuse is a concern are at increased risk of mental health difficulties.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Roma children’s participation: shaping responses to COVID-19 in the EU and Bulgaria

University of Central Lancashire

This policy paper presents research on the impact of COVID-19 of Roma children, including in the UK, and the barriers to their health and wellbeing and the potential of participatory responses. The findings are set in the current context of child poverty and related EU initiatives on poverty and participation. The findings show consistent patterns of challenging conditions experienced by some young Roma and their communities in relation to lack of essentials for basic health and income; wellbeing and education; discrimination and participation. Lessons to learned are highlighted and priority actions are recommended, including: improve supported and ethical mechanisms for hearing and responding to children’s views so that children share their opinions; community involvement in advocacy work; improvement of community-based services in terms of planning and service delivery; and improvement of intersectoral collaboration so that social, educational and health measures towards children and families are in line with specific needs and development opportunities in family context of the child.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

COVID-19 and social mobility: early years

The Sutton Trust

This report is part of a series of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the implications of the current crisis on early years provision, with a focus on young children and families from less advantaged backgrounds. The brief looks at how children, parents and providers have been impacted and explore how government can lessen the impact of the crisis both now and in the in the future to ensure all children and families, no matter their background, can access the benefits of high quality early education and care services. The evidence for this report comes from three sources: A YouGov survey of the parents of 2-4 years olds; two Early Years Alliance surveys of providers; and a case study of providers in Birmingham. The brief argues that COVID-19 pandemic has added severe pressure on an already complex and fragile system, impacting children, parents and providers, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. Vulnerable children and those with particular needs, including SEND, and those in families suffering financial stress during the pandemic, are most likely to be struggling, but many have dropped off the radar without regular attendance at their provider, despite the efforts of many providers to support such children remotely. Despite this, and crucial role early years provision plays in keeping keyworkers in work during lockdown, the sector has received too little public or political attention. The paper calls on the Government to implement a package of support for the early years sector, in line with the support offered to schools, and which recognises the importance of the early years on child development and long-term life chances.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population in Wales

Welsh Government

This article summarises findings from a range of analyses relating to the Black, Asian and minority ethnic group (BAME) population in Wales. It focuses on areas where the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and/or the subsequent preventative measures may disproportionately affect the BAME population. These include employment, including occupations at higher risk and critical key workers; housing, including overcrowded housing and homelessness; and relative poverty and deprivation. The analysis shows that the proportion of critical workers from a BAME background was slightly higher than the proportion of all in employment; people from a number of Black, Asian or Minority ethnic groups are more likely to live in overcrowded housing than White British people; of those households who applied to local authorities in 2018-19 for housing assistance because they were threatened with homelessness, 8 per cent were from a Black or Ethnic minority background; people who are living in households in Wales where the head of the household is from a non-white ethnic group are more likely to be in relative income poverty; people from a BAME background were markedly more likely to be living in deprived areas.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Care homes analysis

Department of Health and Social Care

This paper provides an assessment of evidence on care homes, including optimal approaches to testing, and the potential value of other protection approaches. It reveals that some local authorities (i.e. Liverpool, Oxfordshire) have suffered higher numbers of outbreaks than might have been expected given the number of care homes locally. Nursing home have consistently higher rates of reporting outbreaks than care homes. Both residential and nursing homes show an increase as home size increases. Examining the effectiveness of approaches to reducing rates of infection, the paper stresses that testing can only support reduction of infection rates if coupled with actions to reduce contacts with positive cases and infection control more generally. It acknowledges that despite the potential reduction in risk of the non-rotation of care workers, there may be multiple operational challenges to achieving this. Cohorting of residents to receive care from a small number of carers has the potential to reduce transmission through limiting contacts. If this can be implemented easily, without creating other risks, it has the potential to reduce risk of infection. As the picture is developing rapidly and, as new evidence or data emerges, some of the information in this paper may have been superseded.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Gloucestershire County Council: How one council swapped paperwork and panels for enhanced person-centered practice and peer support

Community Care Magazine

Explores how Gloucestershire's #Makethedifference approach is transforming lives and reinvigorating social work in the county. Based on a strengths-based model of practice, the project ensures people are contacted or seen on the day they get in touch with the council or shortly after; people are listened too intently so that practitioners understand and can identify, with the person, what will make the difference to enable them to live the lives they wish; practitioners work more collaboratively with each other, benefiting from greater peer support and less paperwork. The article also examines how since the outbreak of Covid 19 #Makethedifference and Gloucestershire’s wider adult social care services have been able to adapt and transition to significant levels of remote working.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Achieving residential care business success: moving beyond COVID-19


Coming from a range of backgrounds of working and investing in residential care provision, the panellists in this webinar offer practical ideas on how residential care businesses can move through the coronavirus crisis as well sharing their views on the future of the market. The webinar provides advice and guidance on a multitude of topics, including: new care home design and layout trends to boost enquiry conversions and infection control; the power technology is having on restoring consumer confidence when placing a loved one; and new staffing processes that are been implemented to boost compliance and minimise risk.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Mental Health Action Plan

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

This Mental Health Action Plan aims to improve people’s experience of mental health services in Northern Ireland and ensure the health and social care system work better to be able to improve people’s experience. The actions in this plan fall into three broad categories: immediate service developments, longer term strategic objectives and preparatory work for future strategic decisions. The first category aims to provide fixes to immediate problems and immediate service developments where there has been an identified immediate need. This includes, for example, consideration of alternative methods of working for the mental health workforce to respond to the immediate, and significant, workforce pressures. The longer-term strategic objectives aim to fulfil future strategic needs and includes, for example, a workforce review to consider how the mental health workforce should be structured. The third category relates to preparatory work for future strategic directions. This includes, for example, development of an action plan for the use of technology and creating better governance structures. The document also contains a COVID-19 Mental Health Response Plan as an annex, which outlines key areas of intervention during the pandemic to help and support the population as a whole.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Impact of Covid-19 research: UK findings

Family Fund

Sets out findings from a research study to understand how the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting families raising disabled or seriously ill children in the UK, and their immediate concerns and needs. The paper is based on the results of two waves of online surveys, as well as in-depth interviews with a sample of families – the sample for the second survey consists of 2,531 families raising 3,279 disabled or seriously ill children. Key findings include: half of families have lost income as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and more than three quarters are experiencing increased household costs; many families are seeing any saving they had rapidly diminishing, with nearly three quarters of families now having no savings to fall back on; the situation around accessing essentials such as food and toiletries is improving, but many families are still going without; the availability of both informal and formal support for disabled or seriously ill children has hugely reduced, with limited signs of improvements since the lockdown began; the mental health and wellbeing of the majority of disabled or seriously ill children, as well as parent carers, is being negatively impacted, and showing signs of deteriorating as the lockdown continues; the biggest concerns for families are around educating and entertaining their disabled or seriously ill children at home and their children’s health and wellbeing. in turn, the priority items they require are things that can assist in educating and entertaining their children, as well as help meeting the cost of household essentials over the coming months.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

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