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The experience of COVID-19 “lockdown” for people with a learning disability: results from surveys in Jersey and Guernsey


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline a service evaluation that gathered feedback from people with a learning disability on their experience of lockdown in Jersey and Guernsey. This feedback was intended to guide planning for service provision during any future lockdown and for life as we exit lockdown.
Design/methodology/approach – An accessible survey was sent to everyone accessing learning disability services across the two islands and Mencap in Jersey. Data was analysed quantitatively and qualitatively to identify patterns in the data and key themes.
Findings – Most respondents felt safe, calm and happy and valued support from services. Key themes emerging from the data included the importance of relationships, messages of safety, keeping busy and communication.
Originality/value – This survey has been undertaken at a time where there is a paucity of research and consultation with individuals with a learning disability self-reporting on their experiences of lockdown, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Categories Clinical Psychology, Medicine, Health and Social Care
Keywords Accessible information, COVID-19, Intellectual disability, Learning disabilities, survey
Author Julian Morris, Kitty Stewart, Rachel Rud, Rosalind Jayne Angier, Sinead Peacock-Brennan, Thomas Byrom
Date published 2021
Document type Article
Organisation HCS - Higher Education Dept.
IRR Code IRR/HCS-HE/2021.43582
File Type pdf