COVID-19 resources

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Coronavirus/COVID-19: advice for the adoption and fostering sector on how to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and how CoramBAAF is adapting its working practices

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

This resource brings together guidance on a range of issues relating to COVID-19 pandemic, divided into the key areas of practice and including adoption, fostering, family placement, health and legal aspects.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Home Office

Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result of the measures introduced during the lockdown, children are likely to be spending more time online. Whilst there are benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, this guidance recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. It signposts to organisations, programmes, advice and resources covering: child sexual abuse; radicalising content; sexting (youth-produced sexual imagery); cyberbullying; age-inappropriate content and parental controls; apps to help children stay safe online; suicide content; and support for children. [Published 14 April 2020. Last updated 25 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting residents in retirement housing and extra care housing who experience loneliness. An A-Z of examples

Housing LIN

This briefing highlights how the retirement, sheltered and extra care housing sectors are working closely with extremely vulnerable residents who experience loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown. It sets out who is deemed extremely vulnerable and, in the light of Government guidance, has been on shielding – for these people, the period of isolation, alone or with one companion, has led to increasing stress, anxiety and loneliness. The briefing captures an A-Z of creative ways in which operators have organised activities to combat loneliness and foster greater connectedness amongst residents within schemes and/or the wider community, including acts of acts of kindness.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Supporting mental health during Covid-19: a brief guide

Centre for Mental Health

This guide provides practical tips about mental health during the lockdown and in the months to come. The resource is intended to be used in workplaces, communities, organisations and charities as a very brief guide to having a conversation about mental health. It provides links to sources of help and support as well as practical ideas and information for people who may need some support to maintain their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Isolated and struggling: social isolation and the risk of child maltreatment, in lockdown and beyond

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This briefing pulls together research evidence to explore whether the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic heighten the risk of child maltreatment in the UK. From the analysis of a range of different risks and issues three main areas of risk were identified: 1. Increase in stressors to parents and caregivers – the evidence confirms that the risk of child abuse is higher when caregivers become overloaded by the stressors in their lives and there are indications that the coronavirus pandemic has increased stressors on caregivers; 2. Increase in children and young people's vulnerability – there are indications that the conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have heightened the vulnerability of children and young people to certain types of abuse, for example online abuse, abuse within the home, criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation; 3. Reduction in normal protective services – there is evidence that the ‘normal’ safeguards have been reduced during the pandemic but social connections and social support can provide a protective effect for children’s safety and wellbeing. The report recommends a national and local response from governments and statutory agencies which includes practical steps such as: providing practical support to parents around income maximisation to reduce stresses caused by financial insecurity; addressing digital exclusion, ensuring all children have access to the technology they need to access school, therapeutic support and other services; comprehensive and long-term funding for children’s services, with at least £2 billion a year invested in early intervention and therapeutic services.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Social care: coronavirus – can the catastrophe be a catalyst? Care Report 2020

Just

The Care Report 2020 sheds light on how the over-45s think and feel about adult social care, planning for future needs and costs of care and the implications of COVID-19. The report indicates that there is a widespread view among over-45s that the lack of progress on social care policy by successive governments has had an impact on how the social care sector and NHS have been able to respond to Covid-19. More than half said they thought it had made it harder for the care services to respond to the threat. Just around one in five thinks the government will put into practice a social care policy in this Parliament. A constant theme of the research findings is that there is broad agreement on what constitutes fairness in paying for care regardless of political affiliation. Across the political spectrum, most agree that if someone is unable to pay for care then the State should pay. Similar proportions say they think the State should pay for all care, regardless of how they voted at the 2019 General Election. There is no great difference in voter support for those who do and don’t back a cap on care costs. Critically, nearly four in five of over-45s said they had not thought about care, planned for it or spoken to family about it, further highlighting the urgency for a government policy. The report concludes by noting that worries about lack of progress towards a social care policy and a workable solution appear to outweigh concerns about the finer points of that solution.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Let’s talk about... when someone is ill or dies from coronavirus. Online support for people with learning disabilities

Ann Craft Trust

Conversation prompts about loss, grief, and more practical things, such as social distancing at funerals in the context of COVID-19 outbreak. The resource explains how to run an online meeting for people with learning disabilities and how to talk about death. It features a set of ten pictures that can be used as prompts to help people with learning disabilities talk about the impact of coronavirus on their lives, and especially the impact of people dying from coronavirus. For each picture, there are conversation prompts to do with the picture, followed by conversation prompts that help people relate the picture to their own lives. The pictures can be used in online meetings with people with learning disabilities or when meeting face-to-face with one person or a group.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Lifeline for all children and families with no recourse to public funds

The Children's Society

This report is focused on the experiences of families with dependent children who have ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) conditions on their leave to remain in the UK and are on the ten-year route to settlement. It is based on a review of available literature; analysis of data from the Home Office, the NRPF Network and The Children's Society's services; and on qualitative interviews with parents with direct experience of living with ‘no recourse to public funds’. The report shows that prior to the COVID-19 crisis families with NRPF conditions applied to their leave to remain in the UK were already facing an uphill battle. They were unable to rely on the lifeline of mainstream benefits, which are already means-tested by DWP for those on low income or facing financial hardship, illness or disability. The report argues that these additional, punitive Home Office-imposed restrictions mean that regardless of their needs or the hardship they face, including caring for a child with disabilities and having only one income to rely on, parents receive no support from mainstream benefits. The report makes a series of recommendations for policy, practice and further research. Among these are an urgent call on government to suspend NRPF conditions, immigration fees and Immigration Health Surcharge so families can access the lifeline of benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak. The government should also automatically extend all leave to remain including for those on the ten-year route and make this clear in guidance so that those whose leave is expiring during the pandemic are not put at greater risk of losing their jobs and livelihood.

Last updated on hub: 01 July 2020

Report 01: findings from the first 1500 participants on parent/carer stress and child activity

Emerging Minds

This report is based upon the data from the first 1,500 parents and carers who have taken part in an online survey tracking the mental health of school-aged children and young people aged 4-16 years throughout the COVID-19 crisis. These participants completed the survey during a 6-day period, between Monday 30th March and Saturday 4th April – for most young people, this will have been the last week of the school term prior to the Easter holiday. The report focuses on the parent and carer stress and how children and young people are reported to spend their time. The report indicates that the top three stressors for parents and carers were work, their children’s wellbeing, and their family and friends (outside their household); early two third of parents and carers reported that they were not sufficiently meeting the needs of both work and their child; just over half the children and young people completed 2 or more hours of schoolwork per day; nearly three quarter of children and young people are keeping in contact with friends via video chat; and round three quarter of children and young people are getting more than 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Last updated on hub: 01 July 2020

Report 02: Covid-19 worries, parent/carer stress and support needs, by child special educational needs and parent/carer work status

Emerging Minds

This report provides cross-sectional data from the approximately 5,000 parents and carers who, between 30/03/20 and 29/04/20, have taken part in an online survey tracking the mental health of school-aged children and young people aged 4-16 years throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The report focuses on the following outcomes: parent and carer reported child worries related to COVID-19; parent and carer sources of stress; support and disruptions; parent and carer need for support; and parent and carer preference for the medium of delivery of support. The report reveals that nearly half the parents/carers thought that their child was concerned about family and friends catching the virus; around a third of parents/carers reported that their child was worried about missing school; work is the most frequent source of stress for parents, followed by their child’s emotional wellbeing; parents of children with special educational needs and neurodevelopmental disorders (SEN/ND) report higher levels of stress across all areas; while child behaviour is rarely a stressor for parents of non-SEN/ND children, it was frequently a stressor for parents of children with SEN/ND; 4 in 5 of those who were previously receiving support from services have had this stopped or postponed during the pandemic; parents particularly want support around their child’s emotional wellbeing, education and coming out of social isolation; parents of children with SEN/ND would also like support around managing their child’s behaviour; and parents and carers would value online written materials and videos, while parents with children with SEN/ND would also like online support from professionals.

Last updated on hub: 01 July 2020