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Raising awareness of health services and access for children with a learning disability

We are pleased to publish our report ‘Raising awareness of health services and access for children with a learning disability.’



We worked with a group of students from Henry Tyndale school, a Community Special School catering for approximately 140 pupils from age 2-19, who have complex learning difficulties.


The students surveyed others in the school to find out, who helps to keep us healthy? And self-identified measures to reduce stress and anxiety in healthcare settings. These included- Using sensory toys, listening to music and accommodations when waiting.


We looked at hospital passports and how they can support children with learning difficulties who are admitted to hospital or during healthcare appointments. Lots of the difficulties that children have (including their sensory needs) are included on a hospital passport. Only 7% of the students currently have a hospital passport so the group raised awareness through posters, a survey and a letter to parent/ carers.


Download the report in full below. If you want to find out more about Youthwatch and the work we are doing to help young people to share their health and social care experiences email us here.


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