Practical Advice

Here you will find practical information and advice.

Guidance from Carers UK

Carers UK have issued advice on their website, which you can find here

South Glos Information for Carers

Information for carers, including personal assistants and young carers. General advice and details of local support available.
South Glos Information for Carers

Changes to the Care Act

The Coronavirus Act, which became law in March 2020, outlines a number of measures that directly impact on people eligible for local authority / NHS funding for care and support, or people who are waiting for an assessment.
Local authorities should do everything they can to continue to meet their duties under the Care Act, but the new law gives local authorities emergency powers that they can use if they need them. For example if large numbers of care staff are ill with the virus and the council is struggling to support everyone. If used, the powers mean councils can ​prioritise who gets support, they will not have to do detailed assessments of people’s care and support needs as they do under the Care Act, and they may not have to deliver all the support a person needs.
Read more and download information on the Mencap website here.
There are also Easy Read versions on our Accessible Information page.

Special Needs Jungle

A dedicated page on their website with Coronavirus information, advice and guidance relevant to SEND families.
Special Needs Jungle

National Autistic Society

Guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff from the National Autistic Society.
NAS Coronavirus Page

NICE Guidelines

The Clinical Frailty Scale suggested that people who required support to shop, cook and do their finances might be lower priority for medical treatment for COVID-19. The guidance was amended twice and now very clearly states that this scale should not be applied to people with a learning disability, autism or cerebral palsy.  You can read more from NICE here.


A letter from the NHS has been issued to insure clarity in relation to the Clinical fralitity scale and the use of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR). This includes information about the right to reasonable adjustments to permit someone to stay with a person with a learning disability if they are taken into hospital.


A helpful guide to answering children’s questions about Coronavirus. Click here

Supermarket Vouchers for Free School Meals

Children who are eligible for free school meals will now be given supermarket vouchers allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home. More details can be found in the government press release:
Supermarket Voucher Scheme

Opportunities for children and adults with Learning Disabilities