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COVID-19: staying at home and away from others (social distancing) guidance for young people

Public Health England

Guidance for young people on social distancing and what they can do to look after their wellbeing whilst staying at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice about keeping in contact with friends and family whilst at home and for young people who have divorced or separated parents.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

ESSS Outline: Covid-19, social isolation and loneliness

This summary provides an overview of recent evidence relating to: Covid-19, social isolation and loneliness. A search for academic research and grey literature identified a range of literature discussing isolation and loneliness, including the mental and physical effects they have, particularly around older people. Literature also suggests interventions that can help mitigate the health and mental health impact of loneliness. However, it found the quality of evidence for the majority of interventions is generally weak. Searches identified material relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown in the UK, as well as studies from isolated, confined and extreme environments, and from other pandemics around the world.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

The PCFSW and Social Work England best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families' needs during pandemic

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Best practice guidance to support social care practitioners and managers in thinking about ethical, practical, and professional aspects of risk assessments and prioritising needs during coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. It draws on research and practice development project, offering evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services. The guidance has been developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network and Social Work England in response to the current crisis and will be updated in response to the changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Infection control e-learning course

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Video-based, easy-to-navigate, essential e-learning to help organisations prevent the spread of infection.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Remote hearings in the family justice system: a rapid consultation

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

The results of a rapid consultation with parents, carers and professionals in the family justice system across England and Wales on the use of remote hearings in the family courts, which have been widely adopted by UK courts facing the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The consultation had over 1,000 respondents, including Cafcass advisers and social workers Overall the respondents were evenly balanced in terms of their positive and negative reactions to remote hearings. Concerns raised related to the fairness and justice of remote hearings, issues relating to the technology and the impact of attending remote hearings on professionals' wellbeing. Respondents also provided examples of emerging good practice, and suggestions for future practice, which are included in the report. These largely related to the management of the process, such as the preparation and running of hearings and making the most effective use of technology.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Moving practice online: knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid -19 context

A summary of responses to a knowledge exchange held with social service practitioners in New Zealand on how they were adapting their practice to ensure physical distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Practitioners described many ways that their processes, practices and technologies were changing in order to continue their work. The document provides a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of practice adaptation and a list of ideas from practitioners. Four areas of practice adaptation are covered: engaging in direct practice - including managing potential risks related to heightened family stresses and the possibilities of family violence; managing service user pathways, including managing new referrals; ethical and cultural issue, such as balancing user needs with the need to reduce the spread of the virus; and staff issues relating to staff protections, work practices that reduce spread of the virus.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Coronavirus: separated families and contact with children in care FAQs (UK)

House of Commons Library

Briefing paper providing information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children. The paper address: whether children move between the homes of separated parents; how parents comply with court-orders for contact; the impact on child maintenance payments; whether parents can visit children in a residential children's home; options if a parent,s child contact centre is closed; and sources of help and advice.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department for Education

Guidance on temporary changes to the law on education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments and plans in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides a summary of these legislative changes and sets out the key implications for those who play a part in the processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans. It also confirms which key elements of the processes over EHC needs assessments and plans are unchanged. This includes that a local authority must still consider requests for a new EHC needs assessment, must secure all of the required advice and information in order to be able to issue a plan, and must have regard to the views and wishes of a child, the child’s parent or a young person when carrying out its SEND functions under the Children and Families Act 2014. [First published 30 April. Last updated 26 August 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Surviving the pandemic: new challenges for adult social care and the social care market. Discussion paper

Institute of Public Care

This discussion paper looks at how councils have avoided the predicted collapse over the period of austerity and highlights new problems that have emerged during the coronavirus (Covid -19) pandemic. Drawing on the authors previous papers, it explores these new problems facing providers of care homes and home care, and asks how the care provider sector can survive after the pandemic. It identifies the risk to the care provider market and the need for councils to find ways of managing increased demand.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Out of sight? Vulnerable young people: COVID-19 response

National Youth Agency

This report highlights the scale of young people’s needs which have increased or been caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It focuses on supporting and safeguarding vulnerable young people aged 8-19 with: ‘Known’ vulnerabilities amplified by COVID-19; At risk’ vulnerabilities exacerbated by COVID-19; and ‘Emerging’ vulnerabilities caused or triggered by COVID-19. The report draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England and includes the views of partners and young people from across the youth sector. It identifies increased mental health problems, missing from education, increased risk at home, homelessness, self-harm and suicide, poverty, risky behaviours in potentially unsafe environments as key vulnerabilities for young people. It also identifies the potential role of youth work in alleviating these risks. It makes recommendations for Government to recognise youth services as an essential key service, and to encourage local authorities, children’s services and academy trusts to engage, deploy and up-skill youth workers in support of young people.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

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