Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are a population group that experience poor outcomes. The NHS has a duty to reduce inequalities in outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population. This may be because people in this group are more likely to have difficulty saying or explaining how they feel and seeing a doctor or nurse when they need to. Research shows that regular health checks for people with LD can often uncover treatable health conditions. More serious illnesses, such as cancer, can also be found at an earlier stage when they can be more easily treated.
Evidence tells us:
- up to 2.5% of the UK population has a Learning Disability
- 40% of this group will experience significant psychiatric disorder
- 75% of Young People under 25 years with SEND are male
- The commonest SEND primary need identified in EHCP’s is Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Up to 70% of Children Looked After (CLA) are identified with SEND
- Around 25% of Children and Young People in custody have a Learning Disability
Health services are critically important for many disabled children and young people, historically, the health needs of children in general, and disabled children in particular, were not prioritised. In 2013 following reorganisation of the NHS there was a mandate from government to the NHS Commissioning Board asking NHSE to pursue as part of its objectives the support of children with disabilities, ensuring access to services. Improving care for people with Learning Disabilities is one of NHSE’s top 4 priorities.
Dr Jess Turnbull, Consultant Paediatrician and Designated Medical Officer for SEND
Bridget Nichola, Designated Clinical Officer for SEND
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