Skills for Care

At a time when the social care sector and its workers are under unprecedented pressure, this section is about looking after yourself and the people you work with.


Social distancing, self-isolating and shielding

The aim of social distancing, self-isolating and shielding is to protect people whilst slowing the spread of coronavirus. Social distancing, as far as possible, is very important in care settings, particularly in care homes where visitors from outside the home are permitted.

Social distancing is about limiting the ability of the virus to be transferred from one person to another. Government guidance on social distancing explains what you can do and the distance you should maintain from other people to reduce the risk of the virus being transmitted between people. 

Self-isolation aims to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to allow a person with possible or confirmed coronavirus time to recover from its effects. Anyone who suspects they have symptoms or have tested positive for the virus should follow this guidance about staying at home. They should get tested if they have not done so in the past two days. 

Shielding aims to protect those at greatest risk if they contract COVID-19 by limiting the contact they have with others and reducing risk of infection. Government guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (CEV) has been updated with important additional advice.