Respite care: in the spotlight
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Respite care: in the spotlight

Kevin Hickson Community nurse, West Berkshire Priority Care NHS Trust, Wokingham Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities
Helen Poole Assistant psychologist, West Berkshire Priority Care NHS Trust

Kevin Hickson and Helen Poole investigate parents’ opinions on respite care services for children with autism or challenging behaviour

Respite care services are offered by both statutory and non-statutory organisations to children as well as adults with learning disabilities, the most common forms being placement in a residential setting or with a family. Although their specific objectives will vary, respite services have a dual aim to meet the needs of parents as well as the individual with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Practice. 1, 3, 6-9. doi: 10.7748/ldp1998.

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