Resources to support social care workers in discussing sexuality and relationships

Dementia Care
May 24, 2022

Care providers can now benefit from a series of resources aimed at helping them discuss sexuality and relationships with people in their care.

Skills for Care, in collaboration with Supported Loving, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has reviewed materials to help social care staff in England with information on resources to best support people who draw on care and support with matters of sexuality and intimate relationships.

The review is now available on the Skills for Care website -Supporting personal relationships and it also includes:

  • A supporting personal relationships guide
  • A learning materials review database, cataloguing resources collated within the review
  • An information video with Jim Thomas, Head of Workforce Capacity and Transformation at Skills for Care
  • A podcast covering sexual safety through empowerment from the CQC

Skills for care note that: ‘Everyone has the right to have personal relationships including people who access care and support who might have a physical or learning disability.’

It believes the workforce needs to have the values, skills and knowledge to support people they care for to have positive personal relationships. These resources, it says, can help ‘employers think about what workers need to know so they can create a development program for their organisation.’

Further Information

Skills for Care – Learning materials review for social care staff surrounding sexuality and relationships

Skills for Care – Supporting Personal Relationships

Supported Loving

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