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A balanced approach to decision-making in supporting people with IDD in extraordinarily challenging times

Research in Developmental Disabilities

A balanced approach to decision-making during challenging times is necessary in order to avoid risks that jeopardize the lives and wellbeing of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The COVID-19 pandemic is the recent example of a crisis that places people with IDD at risk for lopsided societal reactions and threats to them or their wellbeing. Attention to decision-making is required to safeguard hard-earned achievements, including public policies and organization practices that emphasize human and legal rights, self-advocacy, individualized supports, inclusive environments, choices, and community inclusion. This paper suggests maintaining a holistic approach to understanding the lives and human functioning of people with IDD, a balanced approach to accountability and performance management, an understanding of the multidimensional properties of context, and a heightened vigilance in professional responsibility. A balanced approach will strengthen the likelihood of a return to high quality services and supports to people after the crisis, reduce loss of critical progress, and enhance stability across future social, political, and financial changes and challenges.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

A capptive snapshot of life under Covid

Prison Service Journal

CAPPTIVE - the Covid Action Prison Project: Tracking Innovation, Valuing Experience - is a project by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) and PRT’s Prisoner Policy Network, The paper aims to describe life in prison under the pandemic. The project was launched with an appeal in Inside Time and Converse asking people to write to PRT, describing how their prison was managing under Covid-19. The authors received input from over 200 prisoners, drawing on experiences in 85 prison establishments. CAPPTIVE did not gather evidence systematically - it is not ‘research’ per se, but a method intended to provide a snapshot of prison life during the pandemic, primarily from the perspective of serving prisoners. The feedback covered the period between the end of March and the beginning of September 2020 - in other words, the time during which prisons were operating under the most restrictive regime. Key themes discussed in the paper include: regimes and wellbeing; the 23 hour bang-up; initial anxieties; effects of social isolation and inactivity; trust and remedies.

Last updated on hub: 19 April 2021

A care-led recovery from Coronavirus: the case for investment in care as a better post-pandemic economic stimulus than investment in construction

Women’s Budget Group

This briefing sets out why much-needed investment in care would promote employment, reduce the gender employment gap and would be a first step in building a resilient, sustainable and more equal economy. It argues that the Covid-19 pandemic has catalysed a revaluation of care, health and employment structures, exposing pre-existing problems, creating an opportunity for transformative change and an economic stimulus that focuses on care. The report finds that investment in care has the potential to mitigate the worst employment effects of the Coronavirus recession. Specifically, investing in care would creates 2.7 times as many jobs as the same investment in construction – 6.3 as many for women and 10% more for men; increasing the numbers working in care to 10% of the employed population, as in Sweden and Denmark, and giving all care workers a pay rise to the real living wage would create 2 million jobs, increasing overall employment rates by 5% points and decreasing the gender employment gap by 4% points; 50% more can be recouped by the Treasury in direct and indirect tax revenue from investment in care than in construction; and investment in care is greener than in construction, producing 30% less greenhouse gas emissions – a care-led recovery is a green led recovery.

Last updated on hub: 30 September 2020

A catalyst for change: what COVID-19 has taught us about the future of local government


This paper draws together insights from the experiences of local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland during the first six months of the COVID-19 crisis, providing an overview of their response, and of the changes needed to meet the demands of the pandemic. It discusses the upcoming challenges that could hamper the efforts of councils to embed and build upon these positive changes and set a positive vision for the future of local government in the aftermath of this crisis. This vision illustrates what local government could look like in ten years if it is able to preserve and build upon the progress made during the pandemic. The paper identifies several trends that are of particular significance to local government over the coming years: remote working will be retained by a large proportion of staff, including frontline staff; digital tools will enable a large proportion of council-run services to be delivered remotely; increased and enhanced public participation and engagement will lead to improved decision-making and better outcomes for communities; sharing power with local communities across design, delivery and ownership of services and assets will enhance their quality and produce wider benefits to communities in the form of empowerment, resilience and cohesion; greater and new types of collaboration between councils, statutory partners, the third and private sectors and communities will achieve better outcomes for their people and places; and greater devolution from central government will provide local areas with longer-term funding commitments and greater flexibility to design policy for their local context. This guide is part of the New Operating Models Handbook, a set of learning products which explore the new operating models emerging in local government, supporting innovation and asset-based practice.

Last updated on hub: 07 October 2020

A child-centred recovery

Local Government Association

This document outlines ambitions for a child-centred post-Covid recovery, drawing together every aspect of policy and service delivery to create the places people want to live in and plan for the future. It outlines the immediate challenges as a result of the pandemic and what we need to do to tackle them; consider how councils and the Government can implement more child-centred approaches to policy and decision-making, to make sure that children are at the heart; and looks at the challenges we face in the longer-term to deliver the great places to grow up that children need and deserve. The report identifies three immediate priorities: a cross-Whitehall strategy that puts children and young people at the heart of recovery; investment in local safety nets and the universal and early help services, including mental health and wellbeing services, that children, young people and their families will need to support them through the short and long-term impacts of the pandemic; dedicated action to prevent the attainment gap from widening, including immediate work to stabilise the early years sector and support children and young people to attend school or to continue learning from home where required. The report argues that a child-centred recovery is about far more than services directly responsible for children and young people. Children deserve to grow up in good quality, stable homes, in safe areas offering positive long-term opportunities, with good access to the services they need.

Last updated on hub: 27 October 2020

A connected recovery: findings of the APPG on loneliness inquiry

UK Parliament

Findings of an inquiry into loneliness, which explored problems and identified solutions within four crucial policy areas, including: translating national policy into local action through local authorities; community infrastructure (including housing, transport and public spaces); how to adequately fund the voluntary and community sector upon which social prescribing depends; designing and implementing ways to test the implications of government policies on loneliness. The inquiry found that there are too many barriers preventing people from connecting – such as a lack of safe, welcoming and accessible green spaces, parks and gardens, public toilets, playing areas, local bus services, and ramps for people with disabilities. Too many people face barriers to digital connection as a result of lack of access to mobile technology and the internet, as well as a lack of digital skills and confidence. Poorly designed or unsuitable housing and neighbourhoods can make it hard for people to meet each other, maintain social connections and develop a sense of belonging. Some communities and groups were highlighted as facing particular disadvantage in relation to transport and mobility. The report makes the case for a “connected recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic, recognising the need for long-term work to rebuild social connections following periods of isolation and the importance of connection to resilience to future shocks. To achieve this, the APPG sets out a roadmap, calling on the government to adopt 15 recommendations, designed to: tackle loneliness through national leadership; translate national policy into local action; invest in the community and social infrastructure needed to connect, particularly in areas with higher levels of deprivation; loneliness proof all new transport and housing developments, and close the digital divide by increasing digital skills and confidence.

Last updated on hub: 31 March 2021

A country report: impact of COVID-19 and inequity of health on South Korea’s disabled community during a pandemic

Disability and Society

The South Korean media boasts of its leading success–during the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak–in flattening of the curve thereby mitigating the grave outcomes of the public health crisis. Much of the success is reportedly attributed to the rapid and advanced development of test kits, essential equipment and implementation of protocols in precautionary measures. However, it has been an arduous task to stay afloat for one particular vulnerable community. The disabled citizens of Korea were confronted by the realities of health inequity during this disastrous period. Pre-existing the pandemic onset, the disabled community have faced stigmatization and under many circumstances de-prioritization by their own society. Through the lens of a visiting physician, my hope is to poignantly and respectfully share personal experiences and thoughts on these realties impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea.

Last updated on hub: 07 November 2020

A COVID-19 guide for care staff supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help care staff and personal assistants supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

A COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help family members and carers supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

A COVID-19 guide for social workers supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help social workers and occupational therapists supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

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