Let’s talk about sex……..and learning disabilities!


CoupleLet’s face it, sex can be a tricky old subject at the best of times! And for a long time, people with learning disabilities have been treated as if they are no more than ‘big kids’  – any needs around sexual expression and intimate relationships were just ignored. But times are changing – if you work with people with learning disabilities, you need to ‘Talk about sex’!

This one day course is for anyone who supports people with learning disabilities. We aim to raise your awareness of the issues around sexuality for the people you support and we’ll also make sure you know what the law says about it!

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The course will cover:

Individual rights around sexuality

People with learning disabilities can face lots of barriers to sexual expression and relationships – we’ll look at how they’ve been built up over the years and what you can do to help to break them down.

The role of social care workers

Role model, authority figure, a source of advice and comfort – being a social care worker can be a big responsibility! We’ll discuss how you can best support people to express their sexuality, whilst maintaining those all important ‘professional boundaries’.

What the law says

Sometimes we do have to step in to protect the people we support. We’ll have a look at what you need to know about the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and refresh your memory on the ‘No Secrets’ guidance.

bouquet of flowersWhat is meant by ‘consent’

It’s much more than just saying ‘Yes’! We’ll look at key points from the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how they relate to sexuality and learning disability – including assessing capacity and everyone’s right to make an ‘unwise’ decision.


So, if you want to tackle the issues around sexuality and people with learning disabilities head on, and help the people you support to lead emotionally fulfilled lives, why not book your place now – and ‘Let’s talk about sex’!

Here’s what some previous delegates thought:

‘Sarah is an excellent trainer and delivers the topic with humour whilst maintaining sensitivity’

‘I found the whole course useful and would recommend to other people’

‘This is one of the best courses I have been on’


Monday 3rd October 2016 (9.30am – 4.00pm), Central London venue.

Cost: £120 per place (20% discount if booked before 15th Sept  2016 – just £95) Lunch not included

Refreshments  are included in the price.

Group discounts, and concession prices for parent carers and people in receipt of benefits are available. Please get in touch for details.

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Interested in finding out how to support people with learning disabilities to have more meaningful relationships?

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If you’re currently completing your QCF in Health & Social Care, this course will also provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge for the following units:

  • LD 201 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

  • LD205 Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities

  • LD307 Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health

  • HSC024 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

  • SHC24 Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings