COVID-19 resources

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A perfect storm: the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic abuse survivors and the services supporting them

Women’s Aid

This report presents findings from the first phase of a research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on experiences of domestic abuse for adult and child survivors and the specialist domestic services supporting them. It draws on the analysis of data from existing service directories, a thematic analysis of trends, and initial and follow-up surveys of providers and survivors. Findings suggest that whilst the Covid-19 pandemic did not cause domestic abuse, it created a perfect storm of challenges for survivors and the services supporting them. The lockdown measures gave perpetrators a tool that they quickly learnt to use for coercion, manipulation and to induce fear. This in turn exposed survivors to worsening domestic abuse, whilst restricting their access to support. At the same time, the pandemic created challenges for the specialist domestic abuse support sector in providing life-saving support, including lost income, staff shortages and additional costs of remote working. The report argues that to address this perfect storm domestic abuse must be seen as a priority at the highest level within all work across government; businesses and communities need to play a critical role in raising awareness of abuse and signposting survivors to specialist support; the government must create a long-term sustainable funding solution for all support services; and the government must address the recommendations outlined by sector experts looking at the impact of Covid-19 on the experiences of Black and minoritised women, migrant women, Deaf and disabled women and other marginalised groups.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

House of Commons Library

This briefing describes the laying of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, which came into force on 24 April 2020, its content, and reaction from the sector. The regulations temporarily amend ten sets of regulations relating to children’s social care in England. The briefing includes commentary from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, the Children’s Commissioner for England, and charity organisations. It also outlines the UK parliamentary proceedings in relation to the regulation and references relevant reports from the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Statutory Instruments.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

New term, new challenges, new opportunities: putting children’s mental health at the heart of education

BARNARDO'S. Northern Ireland

Findings from a survey of 167 education professionals in schools across Northern Ireland to shed a light on their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis so far, and their thoughts and concerns about the return to the classroom. This briefing highlights key lessons about the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and outlines how schools are seeking to strengthen support for their pupils and the challenges they anticipate when the new term starts. Key findings include: the overwhelming majority of schools agreed that the pandemic impacted on their ability to provide mental health and wellbeing support to pupils – lack of direct, face-to-face contact with children and young people was identified as a key barrier to providing this support; nearly all respondents (96.1%) said they anticipate changes to the way their school will operate when pupils return, and the majority of respondents said that they would be prioritising mental health and wellbeing on the return to school; over 80% of participants sought an increase in funding to support mental health and wellbeing; and respondents said the best way to support them on the return to school is to ensure clear guidance and direct communication from the Department of Education and the Education Authority. The report includes recommendations for the government and ten top tips for schools.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

The neglect of adult social care during Covid-19

British Medical Association

An examination of the impact of Covid-19 on social care, focusing on failings in testing, namely hospital discharges of untested patients into care homes, and the inadequate provision of personal protective equipment. The article recognises the complex and fragmented structure of adult social care but argues that these complexities cannot be resolved by the NHS “taking over” social care; rather efforts should be renewed to achieve a lasting settlement for social care, understanding and valuing it in its own right, not just as an adjunct to the NHS.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

How to do ‘learning’ in practice

King's Fund

As the government and health and care organisations are starting to reflect on what can be learned from their experiences of dealing with Covid-19, this article draws on insights from the literature on organisational learning to outline the key features of a productive ‘learning’ environment and process. These include: bearing witness to people’s experiences; paying attention to who you should be learning from and with, and how; capitalising on the learning that is already happening in practice; and being seriously curious about the positives.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Children of COVID-19: pawns, pathfinders or partners?

British Medical Association

Opinion piece published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, 46(8) 2020. Countries throughout the world are counting the health and socioeconomic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the strategies necessary to contain it. Profound consequences from social isolation are beginning to emerge, and there is an urgency about charting a path to recovery, albeit to a ‘new normal’ that mitigates them. Children have not suffered as much from the direct effects of COVID-19 infection as older adults. Still, there is mounting evidence that their health and welfare are being adversely affected. Closure of schools has been a critical component of social isolation but has a far broader impact than the diminution of educational opportunities, as important as these are. Reopening of schools is therefore essential to recovery, with some countries already tentatively implementing it. Children’s interests are vital considerations in any recovery plan, but the question remains as to how to address them within the context of how society views children; should they be regarded as pawns, pathfinders or partners in this enterprise?

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Care homes innovate to reunite residents and families during lockdown

Care Home Professional

From drive-throughs to visitor pods, garden and window visits to cuddle curtains, this article looks at the innovative ways care home providers have been going about bringing care residents and relatives back together during Covid-19 lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Care Provider Alliance Coronavirus (COVID-19) directory

Care Provider Alliance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) are collating and signposting to the latest guidance and advice from reliable sources on their website. The resource includes news, guidance and information. The site is updated frequently.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

National Care Forum COVID-19 guidance and resources

National Care Forum

The COVID-19 section of the National Care Forum (NCF) website is a good source for government guidance and information relevant to the care sector. The resource includes links to information about: infection control, CPA Visitors’ Protocol, clinical guidance, regulation, information governance, workforce, supported housing and homeless, volunteering wellbeing and other practical resources.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019: achieving good mental health during social isolation

British Journal of Psychiatry

The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has led to unprecedented disruption to the normal way of life for people around the globe. Social distancing, self-isolation or shielding have been strongly advised or mandated in most countries. We suggest evidence-based ways that people can maintain or even strengthen their mental health during this crisis.

Last updated on hub: 19 August 2020