Economic impact of youth mental health services in the UK


Alastair Canaway and Chris Sampson look at a new PSSRU report on youth mental health services in the UK, and how they affect health, education and employment.

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Parents’ experience of transition: support and struggle


Hannah Morgan assesses a study on parents’ experience of support for transition to adulthood for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and finds that although they want to support their children, they themselves are not always supported by services.

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Is inclusion optimal? Irish students with special education needs are turning away from mainstream schools in favour of special education

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Figures suggest an increasing trend for students to transfer from mainstream to special education settings in Ireland.

Here, Genevieve Young Southward looks a questionnaire survey of principals of special education settings which suggests some explanations.

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Ecological change in transition for young people with learning disabilities suggested by small qualitative study

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Background The process of preparing for adulthood, whilst opening up a range of opportunities, can also be a worrying and difficult time. In the case of young people with learning disabilities who have been supported by children’s services, there is the additional issue of dealing with the transition of support from those services to services [read the full story…]

Severity of challenging behaviour for young people in transition did not correlate with cost of care


Young people with learning disabilities with behaviour that presents a challenge to services will usually have significant and complex needs which present additional challenges for planning transition from support from children’s to adult services. The authors of this paper carried out a survey of all the young people, between 16 and 18 years of age [read the full story…]

Highs and lows of commissioning over the past ten years

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Introduction The report provides practical guidance and support for NHS employees working in the new NHS system, in particular commissioners working in clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, and NHS England (NHS Commissioning Board). The NHS Confederation is an organisation that identifies best practice and helps NHS staff to implement it. It has produced this report [read the full story…]

Young people with learning disabilities may feel victimised by interpersonal conflict


The researchers in this small study set out to explore the impact of interpersonal conflict on people with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Previous research has provided insights into the nature of the impact of such conflict on increasing stress and contributing to poor mental health, but few studies have looked at the experiences of [read the full story…]