Health assessment findings for young males with severe emotional and behaviour difficulties in a residential setting over 24 weeks.

Denise Carroll, T. Duffy, & C. R. Martin


Seventy-four males aged 13-16 years old cared for by local authorities took part in this study when they were cared for in a Scottish residential centre for young people with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. This group of vulnerable young people are known to have poor health, educational and social outcomes (Residential Care Health Project, 2004, Scottish Government, 2014).  Children and young people in local authority care feature on the agenda of all aspects of public care including health, social care, criminal justice and education.It was found that 44% of the young people’s health records were not available at the time of their health assessment despite the fact that young people had on average at least four previous placements prior to being admitted to the Centre. While a range of systems have been put in place to improve the health outcomes of children in care, lack of such key information may compromise the assessment process.Over three observations (at admission, 12 and 24 weeks) the young people had a comprehensive health assessment where some positive differences were found in dental intervention, vision problems, immunisation uptake, reduction in alcohol, substance use and sexual health concerns. Between the first and last assessment there was a decrease in the number of young people who have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)

Health assessment findings for young males with severe emotional and behaviour difficulties in a residential setting over 24 weeks.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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