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Scope of this guidance

This guidance is to support those working in social, community and residential care settings to give advice to their staff and users of their services about COVID-19. Settings registered with the care inspectorate as adult care homes should refer to this guidance. It does not cover older adult care home settings, as there is separate guidance for older adult care home settings.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance for social, community and residential care settings

For IPC in social, community and residential care settings, see the winter (21/22), respiratory infections in health and care settings IPC addendum, produced by ARHAI Scotland, our national partner organisation for IPC.


Guidance for community respite services registered as older adult care homes should refer to information and guidance for care home settings (older adults).

Public Health Scotland’s guidance for Health Protection Teams (HPTs) has been recently updated. It details the expected risk status of various settings and the actions to be taken in the event of an outbreak.

SCRC settings are listed as lower risk with the potential to increase to higher risk upon risk assessment. This affects the threshold for alerting to HPTs, should a case arise within the setting.

Further information on this can be found within section 9 of the COVID-19 guidance for health protection teams (HPTs).

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Last updated: 13 June 2022
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