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Trends in the provision of residential educational placements available for young people with learning disabilities/autism in England

Tomlinson, Serena Rose Louisa, McGill, Peter, Gore, Nick J., Humphreys, Jessie (2017) Trends in the provision of residential educational placements available for young people with learning disabilities/autism in England. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 22 (4). pp. 222-229. ISSN 1359-5474. (doi:10.1108/TLDR-07-2017-0028) (KAR id:63864)

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Purpose: Little is known about the characteristics of residential educational settings for young people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) in England. Previous research has focussed on the characteristics and experiences of the young people attending such settings rather than the setting itself; therefore, an overview of national provision is needed. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach: As part of a larger project, data were collected for all residential schools and colleges in England. Data relate to settings offering residential provision for at least 4 nights per week for 30 weeks per year, either at the school/college itself, or in an associated residential home. Due to the remit of the main project, settings offering placements only to young people aged under 16 were excluded. Data were collected from a range of sources, including school/college websites, Ofsted and Department for Education resources, and liaison directly with the setting.

Findings – In total, 342 residential educational settings were identified with 57 of these offering post-16 provisions only. A range of data is presented about these settings, including location, placement numbers and types available, age range catered for, special educational needs categories registered for, governance arrangements (e.g. LA maintained, privately owned, and charitable organisation), and Ofsted educational ratings.

Originality/value – These data provide a national overview of residential educational settings for young people with IDD. This enables a clearer picture of the location and type of provision offered and allows comparisons both within and between areas.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/TLDR-07-2017-0028
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Learning disabilities, Intellectual disability, Young people, Residential college, Residential school
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Serena Tomlinson
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 10:26 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 22:08 UTC
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