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

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



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 31 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect easing of some COVID-19 restrictions from 29 March.

  2. Updated guidance under 'Social distancing' to include that the government has published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England, and that from 8 March some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing.

  3. Updated to reflect national lockdown rules in England.

  4. Updated to include relevant links to guidance on the local restriction tier system that will be in place in England from 2 December.

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

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 Updated to include guidance on local COVID alert levels, updated links to accessible resources and removed outdated links to easy-reads.

  7. 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.

  8. First published.