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Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages

NHS England

Guidance for care providers and their teams who are planning for how best to manage their capacity across inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It aims to support existing contingency planning for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It outlines some principles that should be followed when responding to the pressures of COVID-19 in the mental health/learning disability and autism system and what should be considered in order to maximise capacity across services when needed. It also includes additional considerations specific to services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. The guidance will be relevant for a range of professionals, including commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience and others who may be involved in pathways of care.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS England

This document provides advice on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services. It covers key issues in relation to: the Mental Health Act 1983; the Mental Capacity Act 2005; the Care Act 2014 and restraint and restrictive practice. It also includes specific considerations for specialised mental health services, learning disability and autism services, and for mental health and the criminal justice system. The guidance is for commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience, clinical experts, independent chairs for Care and Education and Treatment Reviews, and others who may be involved in pathways of care. The document will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context. This is the second version of the guidance updated on 19 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Safeguarding for faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis. Part of the Safeguarding Training Fund; funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

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

Collaborate

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

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