Covid-19 Resources We are keeping this page regularly updated with information related to the coronavirus (Covid-19) that is relevant for adoption professionals. Last updated:13 August 2021 Contents (click to jump to section) For children and young people Government funding, wages, and taxes Other funding opportunities Statutory and related guidance Adoption, social work, children's social care, and charities - guidance and resources Organisational management Surveys and intelligence-gathering Schools For parents and carers For children and young people Body & Soul, a London-based charity, have launched a website called Brave Families, with lots of games, activities, and ideas for building emotional resilience and connection. Activities and ideas are organised into Safety, Connection, Wellbeing, and Emergency Kits for whatever children's emotional needs may be. Children and young people from Safety Net have produced a series of five e-zines for other young people: Working Out My Worries, Making Sense of Missing Out, Sussing Out School, Keeping Calm and in Control, Friendships and Falling Out, Navigating News, Rolling with Routines, a special Choose Your Challenge summer activity issue, and Stepping Up to Secondary School. These and any future e-zines can all be downloaded here. Childline have updated their resources for children who are feeling worried about the world with a page specifically on coronavirus and coming out of lockdown. The Children's Commissioner has published a children's guide to coronavirus. What's up with everyone? is a website for young people that a provides series of animated stories that were co-produced with and for young people and aim to increase mental health literacy. This free book for children has been written in partnership with the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo. NSPCC has updated this page about anxiety, depression, and mental health with advice for talking to children about the coronavirus. Missing People's new website is chock full of information and advice to help young people in Scotland who may be struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. The government has published information for children and young people in England and Wales who are attending court during the pandemic. Neurolove provides free online social therapy to help young people aged 8 to 25 stay physically and emotionally well. Action for Children has a toolkit full of activities to help young people start writing and support their mental health. Government funding, wages, and taxes The Chancellor has announced a package of support to help business (including charities). Further information on all of the support on offer can be found here. You can also use the government's business support finder tool to identify the support that might be available to you. All of the following apply throughout the UK. Coronavirus Job Support Scheme: all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary from 1 November 2020 to 1 May 2021. More information here. Statutory sick pay: Employers with less than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020 are eligible for a refund on up to two weeks of SSP. You should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website. Details on how to claim back SSP here. Time to Pay service: All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs - more information here. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities. Please call HMRC’s dedicated helpline: 0800 0159 559. Other funding opportunities Grants Online is regularly updating this extensive list of funding programmes which aim to assist local organisations in responding to the pandemic. The Directory for Social Change put together a comprehensive list of funding opportunities here. Reason Digital has compiled a workbook on digital fundraising for small charities, which can be downloaded here. Statutory and related guidance The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 came into force on 31 March 2021. They extend the flexibilities in the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020, which came into force on 24 September 2020, for a further 6 months to 30 September 2021. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 came into force on 29 March 2021. CoramBAAF have produced a helpful summary of these regulations. The Department for Education has published: Guidance on children's services and social care, including adoption. Guidance for schools and school-related matters, including EHCPs. Guidance on the use of PPE in education, childcare, and children's social care settings The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 came into force on 7 April 2020. Read the Act here and guidance here. The Scottish Government has published: Guidance for the safe running of organised activities indoors and outdoors provided for children and young people. Guidance on child contact services. The Adoption and Fostering (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 came into force on 30 March 2021. They extend the expiry date of the 2020 Regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They can also be accessed in Welsh: Rheoliadau Mabwysiadu a Maethu (Cymru) (Diwygiadau Amrywiol) (Coronafeirws) (Diwygio) 2021. The Welsh Government has published: Guidance on how children’s social care providers can change their services to support young people during the coronavirus pandemic. The Charity Commission has published: Coronavirus guidance for the voluntary sector, including guidance on using reserves, postponing AGMs, and holding meetings digitally. Guidance for trustees, especially those in smaller charities, on managing financial difficulties caused by the pandemic. Guidance for trustees on reporting serious incidents during the pandemic. Effective 24 March 2020, the DBS ID checking guidance has been temporarily updated to allow ID documents to be viewed over video link and scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted. This should only be in urgent cases where it is not possible to follow the normal identity checking guidelines. The applicant must still present the original versions of these documents when you first see them face-to-face. If you have questions, please email [email protected]. The Cabinet Office has published an updated Procurement Policy Note (PPN 04/20) which asks all contracting public authorities to: Review their contract portfolio and, if appropriate to maintain delivery of critical services, continue or commence measures in line with PPN 02/20 Work in partnership with their suppliers and develop transition plans to exit from any relief as soon as reasonably possible Work in partnership with their suppliers, openly and pragmatically, during this transition to ensure contracts are still relevant and sustainable and deliver value for money over the medium to long term Continue to pay suppliers as quickly as possible The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary is regularly updating this page with advice and guidance on the operation of the courts during the pandemic. Public sector commissioners in Greater Manchester have put out a statement in which they commit to doing everything they can to support the voluntary sector. This is a great example of statutory bodies working in partnership with the VCSE sector. The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, published his most recent 'The Road Ahead' briefing on 8 January 2021. Adoption, social work, children's social care, and charities - guidance and resources Ofsted is regularly updating information and guidance here. CoramBAAF is keeping this page updated with advice and guidance for adoption and fostering. NCVO has pulled together a list of helpful information and resources here. Skills for Care is keeping this page updated with resources for social workers. Children England is helpfully keeping this page up to date with information for the voluntary sector, including funding opportunities. ADCS is regularly updating a spreadsheet of children's services guidance and practice that can be downloaded here. CELCIS (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) has compiled a hub of information and resources on children's care and protection. NSPCC is keeping this briefing up to date with information and guidance for social workers. Research in Practice has created a hub of resources on social care practice during the pandemic. Barnardo's Scotland published this report on how fostering and adoption services have adapted to continue supporting children and families during the pandemic. Youth Work Support has created a bank of resources for youth workers and young people. CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) are keeping this resource bank updated with information about the impact of coronavirus on benefits. Cafcass guidance for professionals on working with children during the pandemic. SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) is keeping this page updated with information and resources related to adult and children’s social care. They have also published guidance on safeguarding during the pandemic. NAVCA have put together a coronavirus resource hub with all kinds of useful information, including on home working, tech offers for charities, staff wellbeing, governance, and legislation. Organisational management CYP Now has a sponsored article on safe routes out of lockdown for the children's and youth sectors. The Chartered Governance Institute has produced a thorough guidance note for charity trustees in England and Wales on safely re-opening physical spaces and face-to-face services. Digital Boost, a platform which connects organisations with pro bono digital experts, offers free consultations, workshops, and resources in areas including online marketing, design and branding, and remote working. NSPCC Learning has published a guide to recruiting, vetting, and starting new staff and volunteers during the pandemic. Bates Wells published an analysis of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2020, which received Royal Ascent on June 2020. The Act introduced measures, such as amendments to insolvency law and relaxation of requirements around AGMs, to help organisations potentially avoid insolvency due to the financial pressures imposed by the pandemic. Civil Society Consulting compiled a briefing on 'surviving and thriving in a post-Covid-19 environment'. Ladbrook Insurance has published a guide to the insurance implications of the pandemic, including a section that considers some of the potential changes to your activities, how insurance will respond to the current crisis, and a discussion of business interruption policies. Martin Lewis (of MoneySavingExpert.com) has published a brief explainer of the furlough scheme, though it is primarily intended for small businesses rather than charities. Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) have published a template furlough agreement letter for organisations to use in the event of furloughing staff. Our Frontline is offering 24/7 one-to-one support for key workers by text or call, along with tips, tools, and resources for looking after your mental health. Surveys and intelligence-gathering NCVO has partnered with Sheffield Hallam University and Nottingham Trent University to study the long-term effects of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector across the UK. Their anonymous survey will be open for 2 weeks during the end of each month until later November 2021. It takes 10-15 mins to complete, and researchers are asking that organisations complete the survey each month to allow for longitudinal analysis. Find out more and take the survey here. NCVO are working with other infrastructure bodies, including NAVCA, Children England, Clinks, and Locality, to understand organisations' experiences of delivering public service contracts during the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown. Complete this form to share any experiences, good, bad and mixed, of contracts your organisation is delivering at the moment. A coalition of charities including Children England, UNICEF UK, and Action for Children are asking professionals who work with children and families to complete this survey and let them know the challenges you are facing. NCVO, ACEVO, and a number of other umbrella bodies are running a brief survey to help charities get support from the business community in responding to the coronavirus. If you complete the survey, a representative from the most relevant partner organisation will follow up with you to discuss how they can help. Take the survey here. Schools Place2Be is offering free training on children's mental health to all qualified teachers and school based staff across the UK. NSPCC is regularly updating this briefing on safeguarding for schools. Coram Life Education has published a toolkit for schools on returning to school with SCARF - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, and Friendship. The Anna Freud Centre has published a practical guide for supporting students during periods of change, transition, or disruption. For parents and carers The Department for Education has updated the information and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home to include: online support for parents and carers to keep children and young people safe from online harm; tips for supporting children during remote education; and links for information about the Reading Well booklist that supports mental health. Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland) have published a blog post on how to how healthy and honest conversations with children about the pandemic. Parent Info has published two articles for parents and carers on tips for supporting primary-age and secondary students with returning to school. The Transparency Project has published a guide to remote court hearings. ThinkUKnow has six websites for different age groups, parents/carers, and professionals about staying safe online. NSPCC Learning has published resources for parents and carers on online safety during the pandemic. King’s College London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Maudsley Charity have launched 'Families Under Pressure', a series of eight short films offering parenting tips based on decades of research from the UK’s leading experts and rooted in the experience of NHS teams working with families. Family Rights Group’s telephone advice service is continuing to operate and can be reached on 0808 801 0366. This service is for families involved with children’s services, including parents whose children are in need, at risk, in the care system, or in any placement including SGO and adoption. BBC Bitesize has educational resources, including podcasts, videos, lesson ideas, and more, for all ages. South London and Maudsley NHS Trust has created LDCoronavirusResources, a website of resources for people with learning disabilities and those who work with or care for them.