Transition pathways for young people with complex disabilities: exploring the economic consequences

Knapp, Martin R J. and Perkins, Margaret and Beecham, Jennifer and Kumar Dhanasiri, S. and Rustin, C. and King, D. (2008) Transition pathways for young people with complex disabilities: exploring the economic consequences. Child Care Health and Development, 34 (4). pp. 512-520. ISSN 0305-1862 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background: Disabled young people with complex needs face particular challenges when they reach adulthood and seek to move from school to employment or further education. There are potentially substantial personal and social costs arising from these challenges. Methods: We sought evidence from recent UK research, policy and related literatures; undertook exploratory statistical analyses of birth cohort data; and analysed information provided by 30 disabled young people requiring high levels of practical and communication support. Results: The personal, family and social costs that result from unsuccessful transition are substantial and wide-ranging. Health service and local authority expenditure are important elements, but do not allow young people to achieve the educational or employment goals to which they aspire, resulting in considerable costs for the state, whether through missing opportunities to contribute to the economy or through dependence on welfare benefits. Conclusions: The considerable sums currently spent on disabled children and young people are clearly not enough, or not deployed appropriately, to enable those who reach adulthood to fulfil their ambitions, or to meet government policy intentions for young people to achieve economic well-being.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [87] Models of multi-agency services for transition to adult services for disabled young people and those with complex health needs: impact and costs (PID414)
Uncontrolled keywords: complex needs; child disability; disability; service utilization; transition
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 13:58
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2014 15:49
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