Residential school placements for children and young people with intellectual disabilities: their use and implications for adult social care

Gore, Nick J. and Brady, Serena and Cormack, Magnus and McGill, Peter and Shurlock, Jacqui and Jackson-Brown, Freddy and Reid, Caroline and Singh, Rosey and Legge, Alexandra and Saville, Maria and Wedge, Sarah (2015) Residential school placements for children and young people with intellectual disabilities: their use and implications for adult social care. UNSPECIFIED. School of Social Care Reseach NIHR

Abstract

Out of area residential placements are associated with a range of poor outcomes for adults with intellectual disabilities and behaviours that challenge. In recent years there has been an increased drive to reduce such placements at as early a stage as possible. In this context the current review collates research and policy regarding use of residential schools for children and young people with intellectual disabilities and transition from these settings to adult services. The review highlights that relatively little is known about both use of, and transition from, residential schooling for children and young people with intellectual disabilities in the UK. Thirteen articles are identified: 7 examining the child or families’ experiences before placement, 4 examining outcomes during the placement, and 4 examining the process of transitioning from the placement and longer term outcomes. The methodological quality of articles was often limited. A lack of control groups, independent samples, or adequate sample sizes was particularly notable. Results are discussed in relation to factors that lead to a child’s placement in a residential school, children and families’ experiences of the placement, and outcomes following placement, including the transition process. A number of research priorities are highlighted based on gaps in the literature. Examples of alternative forms of support from clinical practice are provided, with recognition that a multi-element model is likely to be needed to provide high quality support to this group of young people.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 11:27 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48961 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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