Along with many in the community sector, we have shifted the way we deliver services and support clients during COVID-19.
To assist the sector and other agencies we have collected the resources here for you to download and use.
To minimise risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19 we are increasingly providing casework services remotely to reduce face-to-face contact where possible. This is not a new way of working for many service providers. But for others, this will require changes to the way we work. Remote casework should not be seen as a lesser service, but it may require us to think diﬀerently about how to best meet client needs.
Families are under signiﬁcant additional stress now. Many facing ﬁnancial stress, unemployment, housing instability, disrupted routines, concerns for their children’s education, increasing anxiety and mental health issues, and in some cases, increased risk of family and domestic violence. All of these factors can have a negative impact on parenting and may lead to increased child welfare concerns across all parts of our community.
Individuals, families and communities are under signiﬁcant stress at the moment. These additional stressors can contribute to escalations in family and domestic violence, alcohol and other drug misuse, oﬀending behaviours, mental health concerns and other factors that increase risk of harm for individuals and families. Vulnerable people may be at particular risk of harm, and with less service involvement and social contact, this harm may go unnoticed.
This document provide an overview of the psychosocial consequences of pandemic and outlines key considerations for agencies and local governments with responsibilities for planning and delivering services in the recovery from the COVID19 Pandemic