We welcome the recent CQC report ‘Promoting sexual safety through empowerment’. You can read the report here.
The report looks at how adult social care services keep people safe from sexual incidents and looks at how services can support them to express their sexuality.
We agree and believe that a culture must exist where people and staff feel empowered to talk about sexuality and raise concerns about safety.
This is our third year as members of the Support Loving network.
The Supported Loving network is made up of organisations and individuals from across the country who are passionate about improving support on relationships and sex for adults with learning disabilities.
You can use the Supported Loving toolkit to find guidance and useful resources when supporting someone around their sexuality and relationships. One of our housing officers, Etana, wrote an article that features in the Supported Loving toolkit. We have also co-hosted a webinar with them for Learning Disability England and had them as our key speaker at a customer conference.
We have easy read resources around this topic which support workers and customers can access and use.
We are also currently working on a project to find out how we can best promote confidence and openness among our support staff. This will enable the people we support to have a positive experience of sexuality and relationships and support staff to feel confident in their approach.
If you have any questions about the report or the work we are doing around this topic you can contact Catherine Jones, Quality Improvement Manager or Rachel Fox, Customer Engagement Manager.