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Technical note: protection of children during the coronavirus pandemic, v.1

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund

This briefing provides information to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the risk children face during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Infectious diseases like COVID-19 can disrupt the environments in which children grow and develop. Disruptions to families, friendships, daily routines and the wider community can have negative consequences for children's well-being, development and protection. In addition, measures used to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 can expose children to protection risks. Part 1 of this briefing presents the potential child protection risks COVID-19 can pose to children. Part 2 presents programmatic options in line with the 2019 'Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action' and the 'Guidance Note: Protection of Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.'

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

COVID-19: emergency funding for local government

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Sets out allocations of additional funding provided by central government to local authorities to help them respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across the services they deliver. A total of £1.6 billion additional funding has been distributed using two mechanisms: existing Adults Social Care Relative Needs Formula (£1.39 billion) and via authorities’ share of 2013/14 Settlement Funding Assessment or overall relative needs (£0.21 billion).

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic: ethical considerations. Rapid policy briefing

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Policy briefing from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics setting out the key ethical considerations relevant to public health measures being introduced to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK. It draws on the findings of a number of in-depth inquiries, including those concerned with public health, solidarity, and research in global health emergencies. Key points in the briefing include: public health measures need to be evidence-based and proportionate; aims of any interventions should be clearly communicated to the public; coercion and intrusion into people's lives should be the minimum possible; and the importance of solidarity at an international level between countries, by businesses in how they exercise their corporate social responsibility, and at the individual level.

Last updated on hub: 02 April 2020

COVID-19: Tips for housing sector on end of life care

Housing LIN

With the further escalation of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, the lives of residents are at risk and those who are vulnerable may die of their current long-term condition. This briefing from Housing LIN sets out a number of tips for the housing sector on end of life care and signposts to a selection of useful links and further practical advice.

Last updated on hub: 02 April 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on children and young people

The Children's Society

This briefing outlines policy recommendations for Government around the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on children and young people. It includes recommendations to support children in poverty; refugee and migrant children; and young people at risk, such as looked after children, children experiencing child abuse and neglect, young carers and children at risk of sexual and criminal exploitation. The briefing also outlines the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Children's guide to coronavirus

Children’s Commissioner for England

A guide for children to help explain the situation during the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to answer children's questions about coronavirus (COVID-19), tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Safeguarding adults and COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE discusses the importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Coronavirus: impact on young people with mental health needs


The findings from a survey into the mental health impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus on young people with mental health needs. The survey found that the coronavirus and the public health measures designed to prevent its spread are affecting many young people with a history of mental health problems. The findings cover: the impact of the pandemic on young people's mental health, the impact on young people's ability access to support, and the coping strategies young people use. A total of 2,111 young people participated in the survey, which was carried out between 20 March 2020 (the day that schools closed to most children) and 25 March 2020 (when there had been a further tightening of restrictions). The findings suggest there is likely to be an increased level of need among young people who were already accessing mental health services and those who are experiencing anxiety for the first time as a result of the pandemic. It highlights the role families, carers and teachers can play and makes recommendations for Government.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse

Home Office

Advice and guidance for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides information and links to organisations providing help and support. It includes information for professionals and those who are worried that they may hurt someone. The guidance also explains how the government is working with the charity sector and the police to ensure that support services remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

Department of Health and Social Care

The guidance sets out how local authorities can use the new Care Act provisions, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to prioritise care and support to those who need it most during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The changes fall into four key categories: the assessment of people’s care and support needs; financial assessments; preparation and review of care and support plans; and duties on Local Authorities to meet eligible care and support needs, or the support needs of a carer, are replaced with a power to meet needs. The provisions are temporary and should only be used when it is not possible for local authorities to comply with their duties under the Care Act 2014. [Published 31 March 2020. Last updated 29 June 2021].

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

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