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The Children's Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children's Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Northern Ireland Assembly

These regulations, which apply to procedures within children’s social care in Northern Ireland, put in place emergency arrangements to protect looked after children, their families, foster parents and social care staff from the Coronavirus. They make temporary modifications to Health and Care Trusts’ statutory functions in respect of looked after children, including some children awaiting adoption, and care leavers. The modifications apply to certain Regulations made under the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. The regulations come into force on 7 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

COVID-19: Guidance to accompany the Children's Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children’s Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Guidance issued in conjunction with temporary modifications to Health and Care Trusts’ statutory functions in respect of looked after children, including some children awaiting adoption, and care leavers, which have been brought into effect by the Children’s Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children’s Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. The functions covered by the regulations include: visits by social workers to looked after children; reviews of foster carers, looked after children, care leavers and children placed or awaiting placement for adoption; approvals for foster carers and placements); and Secure Accommodation reviews.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Key issues for agencies in developing best practice for adoption and fostering panel virtual meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

The Government's Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into effect from 24 April. This guidance document sets out the relevant sections of the amended regulations and guidance for adoption and fostering panels. It also identifies learning from agencies as they are planning and holding adoption and fostering panels during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance looks at the implications for adoption and fostering, highlights the importance of panels in the decision-making process, identifies factors to consider when setting up a virtual panel, and provides information on managing the panel process.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Social work in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: all in this together?

British Journal of Social Work

This is the editorial for this issue that introduces the articles in the issue and comments on social work in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that across the globe, nations find themselves in lockdown in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with social work and social care being no exception. The editorial also outlines some of the key problems and challenges for social work, which include: isolation in residential care for older people; the exacerbation of anxiety and paranoia for those with long-term mental health problems; families prohibited from embracing their loved ones at the end of life; the operation of social distancing in prisons; how to survive, never mind self-isolate, at home for people who have no home; the risks posed to social care staff who all too often do not have adequate personal protection equipment nor are they able to use touch as they communicate with vulnerable people in these very particular circumstances. The editorial also states that social work must look out for and speak for, the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. It suggests that the profession must take the lead in building coalitions that will share and adapt existing expertise to address issues of well-being and survival for those who do not have the resources to do this for themselves. It also suggests that it is easy to overlook the other reality that people continue to experience breakdown and crisis and need routine support services.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Trauma, mental health and coronavirus: briefing 56. Supporting healing and recovery

Centre for Mental Health

A trauma-informed approach can help individuals and communities to recover following a crisis. This briefing explores the ideas of collective trauma and healing, and what a trauma informed approach to recovery from the coronavirus would look like. The pandemic will affect people in different ways. People who have already suffered distressing experiences, such as abuse, neglect, discrimination and oppression, are at higher risk of psychological harm and trauma from the adversity the coronavirus. Once the acute phase of the physical health crisis has passed, addressing these social and psychological consequences of coronavirus must be made a priority. The coronavirus pandemic has been a time of abrupt change, when many people will have felt isolated and disempowered at some point during the lockdown, and all will have experienced a loss. A trauma-informed approach aims to provide long-term, reliable support; and bring people together, rebuilding relationships, and giving all members of the community a voice in planning for recovery.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020

Learning from COVID-19: a tool for capturing insights now to shape the future


COVID-19 has led to people working together in a new collective purpose, adopting radical new practice, and organising in new ways. Organisations involved in these changes are interested in learning from new practice today to sustain change for the future. This learning framework is for people working in organisations providing support to the public, such as local authorities and charities, to community groups and health services. It can be used to capture insights as they arise from new personal, organisational and community practices. The framework into two parts. Part one - Surfacing insights: has eight questions which can help you identify how you, your organisation, and the system are thinking and working in new ways. Part two - Deepening insights: short sets of questions focussed around five key themes, giving you the chance to reflect on learning more deeply.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020

Dementia in care homes and COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Helpful quick guide about COVID-19 and people living with dementia in care homes. Produced in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts under Covid-19: a practice briefing

Centre for Justice Innovation

This briefing examines how the nine existing Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) across England are adapting to service delivery during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FDACs aim to provide a fairer way of running care proceedings for children at risk of significant harm due to parental drug and/ or alcohol misuse. It focuses on five key areas: Hearings, Issuing New Cases, Court Timescales, Direct Work, and Drug Testing. The briefing highlights the practical challenges facing practitioners, judges and families. It also provides examples of some of the solutions that have been developed by FDACs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It concludes that for many parents engaged in FDAC, the social distancing and other pressures of Covid-19 impacts their ability to achieve the changes needed for a successful outcome. Unable to access the full services and support, they are vulnerable to reverting to problematic behaviours.

Last updated on hub: 12 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance provides advice for people working in adult social care on how they can manage their physical, mental, and financial wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also provides information that employers and managers can use to help build the resilience of their team and on how they can take care of the wellbeing of staff at work, including staff who are clinically 'extremely vulnerable'. It includes links to useful resources, organisations and examples of good practice. [First published 11 May 2020. Last updated 19 May 2021]

Last updated on hub: 12 May 2020

Social care 360

King's Fund

Updated with 2018/19 data, this review of the adult social care outlines the state of the sector before the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic struck. It outlines and analyses 20 key trends in adult social care in England. The review is structured into six sections covering: access to services - who is accessing services and how this has changed over time; expenditure - how much is spent on social care and what's it costing councils; providers - numbers of nursing and residential home places; workforce and carers; quality and satisfaction ratings for adult social care; and how well social care is integrated with other services. It shows that the social care sector had been fragile for several years and that the unprecedented challenges for the sector in responding to Covid-19 started from this unsteady foundation.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

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