Public Health England publishes report on health inequalities experienced by children with a learning disability

This new report summarises current scientific knowledge about the determinants of health inequalities experienced by children with a learning disability in the UK.

The existing evidence and new analyses presented in this report concludes that, when compared with their non-disabled peers, children with a learning disability in England are at increased risk of exposure to all of the major categories of social determinants of poorer physical and mental health. They are:

  • more likely to live in households characterised by low socio-economic position and poverty; they are also more likely to be exposed to recurrent poverty and to become poor; they are less likely to escape from poverty
  • more likely to be exposed to a wide range of material and psychosocial hazards that are detrimental to their health, including inadequate nutrition, poor housing conditions, exposure to environmental toxins, family, peer and community violence, poor parenting and family instability - this increased risk of exposure is likely to result from the combined effects of the link between child learning disability and poverty and systemic and overt discrimination faced by people with learning disabilities in England
  • less likely to have access to the resources necessary to build resilience in the face of adversity.

The report includes recommendations targeted at local and national government in order to address the health inequities faced by children with a learning disability in England. These recommendations focus on three areas:

  • reducing child poverty
  • reducing exposure to specific hazards
  • building resilience.

The report is available on the Improving Health and Lives (IHAL) website.

  • Determinants of Child Health Inequalities : PDF