Coronavirus daily round-up: Thursday 19 November

Fiona Simpson
Thursday, November 19, 2020

The number of social workers at local authority children’s services off work due to Covid-19 has risen for the first time since May, Department for Education figures show.

Social workers are being forced to take time off work, new DfE figures show. Picture: Adobe Stock
Social workers are being forced to take time off work, new DfE figures show. Picture: Adobe Stock
  • Each day, CYP Now will summarise the key issues affecting the children and families sector as it tackles the effects of the pandemic. The daily update signposts children’s services practitioners and leaders to the latest developments, expert views, advice and resources.

Rise in social worker absences due to Covid-19

More councils reported high numbers of social workers not working due to Covid-19 last month following a fall since May, a Department for Education survey has found.

Four per cent of local authorities said more than 10 per cent of social worker  were not working due to the pandemic from 19 to 21 October, up from two per cent at the start of last month and one per cent in early September, the latest results from the DfE’s ongoing research into Covid-19’s impact on children’s services has shown.

Lockdown worsened young children’s mental health, new study shows

Mental health difficulties in primary school-aged children increased during the first national lockdown, latest research from Co-SPACE shows.

Participating parents and carers reported that their children displayed increasing behaviour difficulties, including temper tantrums, arguments and not doing what they were being asked to do by adults during the first lockdown. They also became more fidgety and restless and had greater difficulty paying attention, the study found.

Calls for Youth Investment Fund as pandemic impacts sector

The government is being urged to “stop sitting” on a £500m Youth Investment Fund, which was pledged last year, according to a coalition of youth groups.

The groups, including the Scouts, UK Youth and the British Youth Council say the money is needed to avert a funding crisis in youth services, as youth workers battle to support young people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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