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Guidance for health professionals supporting groups with specific complex needs who are or have been shielding

15 October 2020

This document is aimed at psychologists and other health professionals supporting adults who are or have been subject to shielding, who have additional complex needs or considerations, including adults with learning/intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, and/or those living with dementia.

The considerations may also be relevant for those living with long term health conditions and their families. People living with these conditions often live with hidden disabilities and the difficulties they face can consequently be less obvious to services and society due to Covid-19.

We specifically focus on those in the ‘high’ risk category defined by the UK government but we recognise that many people not officially in the ‘high risk’ category may have been shielding and therefore may face similar challenges, especially those shielding others, or those in ‘moderate risk’ categories.

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