COVID-19 resources for users and carers

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Government guidance on social distancing:easy read summary

Learning Disability England

Easy Read summary of government guidance on social distancing for people with learning disabilities.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Spotting the signs of economic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak For family, friends, neighbours and colleagues

Surviving Economic Abuse

Guide designed to help you notice signs that someone you care about may be experiencing economic abuse at this time, and to know what you can do to support them.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Helping families stay connected: good practice examples

The Relatives & Residents Association

As visits to care homes are restricted to try and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, staying in touch with family and friends by other means becomes all the more important. Some care homes have risen to this challenge. The Relatives & Residents Association share some examples of care staff supporting older people in care to keep in touch with their families.

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020

COVID-19: staying at home and away from others (social distancing) guidance for young people

Public Health England

Guidance for young people on social distancing and what they can do to look after their wellbeing whilst staying at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice about keeping in contact with friends and family whilst at home and for young people who have divorced or separated parents.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Kinship carers' experiences during the coronavirus crisis

Family Rights Group

This report, produced by the Family Rights Group on behalf of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, looks at the experiences faced by kinship care households as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. It also makes recommendations on the urgent action Government, local authorities and other agencies need to take to support kinship carers during the crisis. It provides the results of a survey completed by more than 660 kinship carers across England and Wales. Most respondents were grandparents raising their grandchildren and four in ten are single carers. The report provides details of questions from the survey and responses, including illustrative quote. It also makes recommendations to increase support for kinship carers to prevent the breakdown of placements. These include financial support to reduce financial hardship, legal and practical advice and support for kinship care households; and educational support for children in kinship care.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

Department of Health and Social Care

Information and advice for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak. It builds on other guidance published by the Government, including Stay at home guidance and guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Coronavirus, people's voice and advocacy: a myth buster


This guide debunks the myths and misunderstandings that could prevent people from getting access to advocacy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guide is primarily aimed at advocates and may also be useful to health and social care professionals, people who use health and social care services and their relatives and friends.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

COVID-19: advice for informal (unpaid) carers and young carers during COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Information providing advice and support for informal carers, young carers and family members in Northern Ireland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It pulls together already existing sources of information into one place and signposts carers to others who may be able to help. It includes health advice, supporting physical and emotional wellbeing, and sources of support to help carers in their caring role.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

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

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides information to help people with caring responsibilities to keep people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, support people with learning disabilities to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and information on protecting carers' own wellbeing. It draws on more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), which will continue to be updated with resources to support those who care for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers

Department of Health and Social Care

Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers who support and deliver care via direct payments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the steps people employing personal assistants, or who buy care and support via direct payments, should take; and what to do if they or their personal assistant is concerned that they may have COVID-19. It also sets out what local authorities and clinical commissioning groups should do to support people who use direct payments to ensure they can continue to maintain their care and support. The guidance is accompanied by additional guidance, mostly aimed at direct payment holders, that directly responds to questions and concerns previously raised by direct payment holders, personal assistants, and charities and organisations that support them [Published 21 April 2020. Last updated 31 July 2020].

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020