The South Tees Carers Forum is supporting the Cabinet Office’s National Resilience Hub (NRH) to get messages out to communities across the area, through networks and intermediaries. The NRH provides communications and toolkits which can be shared by organisations working with communities, as well as links and information for social media and resources in different languages.
Help us to strengthen accurate messaging locally by sharing information and resources from these toolkits across your communications channels and through your interactions with communities.
Latest from the National Resilience Hub:
Please click this link to access this week's (24 March 2022) communications toolkit for you to use and share the latest COVID-19 information with your communities and networks.
This week's key messages are:
- Vaccinations provide the best protection from COVID-19.
- A Spring Booster jab is available to over 75s and some other groups and you will be contacted to book your appointment.
- Continue to follow safer behaviours to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The publication 'Living with COVID' can be read in full here.
Here are some other useful resources:
Middlesbrough continues to have lower than national average rates of vaccine uptake, so efforts are being encouraged to increase this. Download a “vaccine conversations” prompt sheet created to help frontline staff encourage vaccine uptake through conversations they are having day-to-day. Download vaccine uptake prompt sheet. The prompt sheet has been produced and shared by Middlesbrough Council.
Translated guidance and assets in different languages
There is a range of translated materials in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Slovak, Somali, Urdu:
- stay at home guidance
- meeting with others safely
- guidance for those that are shielding (also in Bulgarian, French, simplified and traditional Chinese, Nepali, Portuguese)
- translated assets in the Coronavirus Resource Centre downloadable posters on test and trace, stay safe guidance, restrictions and symptoms.
Other useful resources:
Ofsted Reports – Covid-19 Series: Briefings on Schools, FE and Skills and Social Care
On 17 March 2020, all routine Ofsted inspections were suspended due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As part of a phased return to routine inspection, Ofsted has been carrying out interim visits to schools from autumn 2020 and has provided a series of reports and briefings on schools and social care providers. Ofsted’s return to inspection in 2021 will happen in phases, with no graded inspections for education or social care providers planned before the summer term. The most recent briefings are linked below:
- Covid-19 Series: briefing on schools (October 2020) Includes how pupils were returning to schools (or not) and adaptations to the curriculum, as well as challenges faced by the schools
- Covid-19 series: briefing on local area’s SEND provision (October 2020) Ofsted and Quality Care Commission report on visits to hear about the experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their families and the practitioners and leaders who are supporting them during the pandemic. Findings outline the challenges for children and families, which have been exacerbated, struggling without their usual routines and support services, as well as the impacts on Carers mental health and on the relationships between families, services and practitioners
- Covid-19 series: briefing on children’s social care providers (November 2020) The third in the series, this briefing focuses on children in secure children’s homes (SCHs) and independent foster care. Some of the main findings include the increased anxiety for children moving into SCHs due to Covid-19 restrictions, staff shortages and conversely one to one education support being effective. In foster care, there was tailored support in place for Carers and close liaison with virtual schools to ensure education continued
- Covid-19 series: briefing on Early Years (November 2020) Main findings relate to how children have (were) returning into their routines, the financial impact on providers, concerns over children’s personal, social and emotional development, the impact on staff wellbeing and changes that have had to be made, including more training on language and communication, SEND and mental health
- Covid-19 series: briefing on Further Education and Skills (November 2020) Main findings include a reduction in face to face provision, curriculum sequencing becoming disjointed, having to adapt and change curriculum content and gaps in learners’ knowledge. Leads are making more mental health and safeguarding referrals than usual and many are incorporating wellbeing activities into the curriculum to support learners. Integrating practical elements into courses is challenging, as is finding work placements and work experience