The social impacts of COVID-19
Reset not restart: taking advantage of a crisis for social change

A report by Deloitte Access Economics

The public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 are immense, but they also provide an opportunity to fast-track positive investments that will ultimately deliver better social outcomes.

Deloitte Access Economics has explored the social impacts of COVID-19 across some key sectors, considering the evidence to date, and what this might mean in a post-COVID-19 world.

The scenario report considers the child protection and out-of-home care systems, with child protection advocates predicting that the number of children at risk of separation and in need of out-of-home care will continue past the COVID-19 crisis due to longer-term socioeconomic impacts.

The report profiles the results of a survey conducted by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare which assessed the impact of COVID-19 on Orange Door, Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services in Victoria. This survey also aimed to understand the main challenges experienced by clients, and creative solutions being implemented to maintain the visibility and safety of children and families.

The Centre found that the biggest challenges for these services have been a rapidly changing environment and a sharp increase in demand with a lack of resources to meet it. Some organisations adapted quickly to the new environment while others experienced challenges in delivering face-to-face support and adhering to social distancing requirements.

View the full report and Centre case study (page 15).

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