Parents of a child with a learning disability rarely go on a night out

10 February 2017

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples will be making plans for a romantic evening, but for parents of a child with a learning disability this may be easier said than done. New research has found that nearly a quarter (24%) find time for a date night only once a year or less.

The same study also found that four in 10 (39%) parents of a child with a learning disability say money worries is a strain on their relationship. One in three couples are in a relationship which would be described in the counselling room as ‘distressed’.

The report, Under Pressure: The relationships of UK parents who have a child with a learning disability, was produced by Relate and Relationships Scotland and is sponsored by learning disability charity Mencap.

The three charities are calling for better access to short breaks and improved childcare support for parents of children with a learning disability and targeted relationship support. Together these measures, say the charities, would reduce the strains on parents’ relationships and ensure families can enjoy the positives that having a child with a learning disability brings.

Angela Foll, CEO at Relate Bedfordshire and Luton says: “We all face challenges in our relationships, but our research shows that parents who have a child with a learning disability face additional pressures. Unhappy relationships can have a terrible impact on couples and their children but it doesn’t have to be this way. We know first-hand how counselling can benefit parents of children with a learning disability and we need to make sure it’s available, as part of a wider package of support, to all families in the Bedfordshire area who need it.”

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