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The breadth and depth of our integrated network means that you get the support that suits your particular need.

Learning disability

What is a learning disability?

Approximately 1.4 million people in the UK have a learning disability. A learning disability affects the way a person learns and deals with things in all areas of life, such as developing skills, understanding complex information, managing money and interacting with others.

People with a learning disability often find it difficult to cope on their own with day-to-day tasks and may need support to develop the skills they need to live independently.

This level of support depends on the severity of an individual’s learning disability. Many people with a mild learning disability are able to live on their own and may only require community support to thrive. However, those with a severe or profound learning disability could require full time nursing and intensive care throughout their lives. They could also be living with a physical disability.

Living with a learning disability

Most individuals with a learning disability are treated ‘differently’ to the rest of society. They have to face prejudice and challenges on a daily basis, and may find it difficult to access services and have the control over their lives that most of us take for granted.

With our support, most people with a learning disability can enjoy meaningful, independent and fulfilling lives. In addition to full time care, we provide residential support, as well as transitional services for people taking the step into supported living.

With CareTech’s help, people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to live their lives as they choose.

Learning difficulties – Case study

Supporting David to reach his potential

Names have been changed to protect identities.

David has a learning difficulty. He has been living in one of our homes in Hertfordshire since 2006 and is a bright star of the CareTech family.

We have helped David to develop his own independence and support him to take part in what he enjoys.

He has a love of music and ensures he is at the local resource centre to attend the monthly music sessions. He plays along on his guitar and loves to sing as well (also enjoying a round of why are we waiting’ at lunchtimes). Clearly a performer, David also enjoys the drama sessions he has every Tuesday with a drama teacher at his home.

David is an active, independent man who enjoys many activities in his daily life and is very helpful to the staff at the resource centre and in his home. At lunchtime he likes to help staff in the kitchen and enjoys baking, even telling the staff what ingredients they need to use. David uses his creative skills to help decorate for theme days such as a recent ‘Hollywood day’.

David also likes to make good use of the computers at the resource centre and at home. He has a typewriter, which he uses to keep in contact with all his friends and family.

Due to his learning difficulty, David gets the best support living at a CareTech home, but he loves it when his mum, dad and brother come to visit. David is very social and loves to spend time with his friends and family.


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Our Solutions Network

  • We promote independent living and care that respects young people’s rights, choice, privacy and dignity. Our philosophy is to place the needs of our young people at the centre of the service we provide.

  • For over 20 years Branas Isaf have been delivering an outstanding integrated model of education, therapy and therapeutic care to young people who present with a specific range of complex interpersonal behavioural issues.

  • We have provided training, coaching and consulting since 1994. We specialise in health and social care, both with adults and children and have grown to become a significant quality provider of apprenticeships.

  • Franklin domiciliary support helps young people and adults with complex mental health problems or neurological conditions, to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

  • FSG (Fostering Support Group) have been placing children and young people together with foster carers for over 20 years – in fact, we were one of the first agencies to offer foster placements to Local Authorities.

  • Greenfields work with young people displaying extreme emotional and behavioural difficulties, achieving an impressive record of positive outcomes and working safely with individuals aged between 10 to 18.

  • I&A Services offer placements for young people from across the UK who require an immediate assessment of needs alongside a recommended transition plan.

  • Inspire provide residential care, short breaks and outreach for children and young people with learning or physical disabilities, complex health needs, autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviours.

  • A bespoke transition service created to support individuals living a valued lifestyle within the community. Our supported living and domiciliary care programmes help young people all over the country to live more independently in their own home.

  • We have years of experience helping people rehabilitate after a brain injury and provide a range of services designed to meet different and changing needs.

  • One Step at a Time is dedicated to providing the highest quality outreach and semi-independent accommodation and supported living services for children, young people and vulnerable adults with a range of needs.

  • Outlook Fostering Services is an leading fostering agency that provides reliable, cost-effective, children and young people centred fostering solutions to more than 30 Local Authorities across London and the Home Counties.

  • Park Foster Care provides the highest quality of care for children and young people who are unable to live with their family for a variety of reasons.

  • Phoenix Therapy and Care provides bespoke specialist care at home for children and adults across Scotland with complex, but stable, care needs, enabling and supporting their clients to get the most out of every day.

  • The supported living and domiciliary care programme from Prestwood helps people all over the country to live more independent and happy lives. With the confidence to discover new skills and interests, support is never far away when it’s needed.

  • We offer education, residential and domiciliary care for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and complex needs.

  • We provide education, residential care, autism services, community support and post 16 programmes for children and young people. We also provide housing services for local authorities across the UK.

  • St Michael’s offers community based supported living and outreach services for young people and adults with mental health issues, learning difficulties, acquired brain injury, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

  • We offer specialist short- and long-term respite, shared care and palliative care foster placements for children and young people with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, hearing and visual impairments, and children with physical disabilities, genetic disorders and life-limiting conditions.

  • Uplands caters for people aged between 18-65 who may be informal guests or detained under the Mental Health Act. A majority of the residents at Uplands are people who have been living with serious mental illness most of, if not all of their life. With an experienced and qualified staff team, we work towards independence, community living and mental health recovery.