Last reviewed 1 December 2020

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the Covid-19 outbreak has been updated to include relevant links to guidance on the local restriction tier system that will be in place in England from 2 December.

People with learning disabilities and autistic people are often at a generally higher risk of respiratory illnesses and a few, with very specific health conditions, may be clinically defined as "extremely vulnerable".

The guidance highlights how important it is that the person cared for understands the new restrictions and what they can and cannot do.

The advice is aimed at helping care staff 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, and protect their own wellbeing.

This DHSC guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Care Staff Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Adults, is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-supporting-adults-with-learning-disabilities-and-autistic-adults/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-care-staff-supporting-adults-with-learning-disabilities-and-autistic-adults.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has also put together a COVID-19 Guide for Care Staff Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities or Autistic Adults, published on 12 November 2020. This SCIE guidance is at: https://www.scie.org.uk/care-providers/coronavirus-covid-19/learning-disabilities-autism/care-staff.

The Government's local restrictions from 2 December are published at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know.