Children with severe learning disabilities: needs, services and costs

Jennifer Beecham, Oliver Chadwick, Dogan Fidan, Sarah Barnard (2002)

Children and Society 16 3 168-181

Available online: 10 March 2006

This study looks at how services are used by children with severe learning disabilities living at home and explores the associated total and component costs. Multivariate and bivariate analyses are employed and the results interpreted alongside information on parents' perceptions of their children's needs for healthcare. There is some evidence to suggest costs were associated with greater needs but there is also evidence of under-provision of formal care supports, particularly mental health services.