Course Profile

Course Profile: Working Positively with Sexuality and Difference (1 Day)
This course aims to support learners work in positive and affirming ways with LGBT people receiving adult health and support services. They will explore Homophobia and Heterosexism on personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels; how these issues impact on practice and how they can be challenged. Participants will be encouraged to critically explore their own attitudes and to make links to other forms of discrimination, including Racism, Sexism, and Ablism and consider pro-active ways to support LGBT service users.
The course is informed by material from RCN, Stonewall, the Code of Conduct for Health Care support workers and Adult social care workers, and the Equality Act. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
Care certificate: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
QCF: HSC024, 026, SHC023
NHS KSF: Core 6.2
MIS (2012): 4
The course is designed for staff at all levels working in all settings in Health & Social Care and allied professions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What is meant by Homophobia and Heterosexism and their various forms
  • The appropriate language and terminology used
  • How we all have very personal views on ‘other’ groups of people; positive & negative
  • How our early influences tend to predetermine prejudicial views of ‘different’ sexuality
  • How we might unconsciously hold negative views
  • How our negative views are incompatible with social care values, the Law as well as the values and Diversity policy of the organisation.
  • The link with Safeguarding
  • The need to ‘work’ on our prejudices and comply with professional responsibilities
  • How Homophobia and Heterosexism can ‘act out’ in practice and breach service user’s rights
  • How risks may be exacerbated by Homophobia and Heterosexism
  • Ways of challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism in the workplace and in practice situations
  • Ways of positively supporting people:

            -People are people first and have individual needs
            -People need to be treated with respect, dignity and acceptance and feel valued
            -People have a right to equal access to services
            -People need positive affirmation

  • Information/resources that can be used to further learning
  • Information and resources to support LGBT service users
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Experiential exercises, Quiz, PowerPoint, Handouts, Group work, Chalk & Talk, Practice examples