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I’m so pleased with the staff. Not only do they never give up on our daughter, but they always make us feel important and respected.

Nadia, Parent

Learning disability

A learning disability is lifelong. A child or young person might have a mild, moderate or severe learning disability, which will affect the amount of support they need in their day-to-day life.

Children with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. Children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need full-time help with every part of their lives – including eating, drinking, washing, dressing and going to the toilet.

A learning disability is not a mental illness. It is also different to a learning difficulty, which is often used to describe things like dyslexia.  Children or young people who have a learning disability are aware of what goes on around them. However, their ability to understand and communicate may be limited, and they can find it hard to express themselves. Speech problems can make it even harder to make other people understand their feelings and needs.

For a parent, it can be distressing to find out that their child has a learning disability. It may be hard to communicate with the learning disabled child, difficult to manage their behaviour and hard for other people to understand.  There are a number of support services available such as outreach, short breaks and residential support.

Children with a learning disability are more likely to develop mental health problems, for example anxiety, or have additional developmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) than other children.

Disability does not stop a child from having a full and enjoyable life. The aim of all the specialist services is to help children with a general learning disability and their families to have lives that are as enjoyable and fulfilling as those of other people.

Learning difficulty – Case study

Simon’s journey

Names have been changed to protect identities.

Simon has been living at a CareTech residential home since 2004. He has severe learning difficulties and when he first arrived, required round the clock support which meant that he was unable to receive an education of any kind.

Here at CareTech we provide an onsite gradual home education programme and our team devised a suitable programme for Simon.

Simon has made excellent progress and now requires far less support. The encouragement of the staff and the confidence he has gained through studying has enabled him to form positive relationships within the community.

Simon is continuing to make progress and is now thriving at a local specialist school.


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  • 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.