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COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings

This guidance is to give advice about COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus 2019) for those working in social or community care and residential settings. Social and community care is taken to include:

  • Long-term conditions services
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Community healthcare services
  • Community-based services for people with mental health needs
  • Community-based services for people with a learning disability
  • Community social care (domiciliary care services including those provided for children)
  • Community-based services for people who misuse substances
  • Local authority social work fieldwork services
  • Residential children’s homes, including secure children’s homes
  • Care home services with nursing
  • Care home services without nursing
  • Support to people in their own homes, either from a service or from staff directly employed by the supported


This guidance covers:

• What COVID-19 is and how it is spread.

• Advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19.

• Setting-specific information and advice is also included in, or is linked to from, this guidance.


Read the guidance, here. 

Further information