Guidance: COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department Of Health


This guidance is for anyone who provides unpaid care, such as friends or family, to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults.

The guidance will help people with caring responsibilities to:

  • keep people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe
  • support them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • protect their own wellbeing
Published 24 April 2020
Last updated 5 November 2020 +show all updates

  1. This guidance has been updated to include links to the guidance on the new national restrictions which will apply in England from 5 November.

  2. Updated to include guidance on local COVID alert levels, updated links to accessible resources and removed outdated links to easy-reads.

  3. Replaced links to social distancing guidance and easy-read counterpart with updated guidance on staying alert and safe, coronavirus outbreak FAQs and guidance on meeting with others safely.

  4. First published.

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