Course Profile

Course Profile: Sexuality & Personal Relationships (1-2 Days) *
"Talking sex" on a superficial or humorous level can be very much easier to do than discussing this very complex subject with maturity. The subject can be particularly problematic when it comes to the context of support services. Some trivialize the issue; others act in a highly oppressive and controlling manner. Some organisations take a very 'liberal' stand on the subject without thinking it through; thus potentially leading to accusations of abuse and/or neglect. This course aims to help learners examine the subject in a professional way and thus understand what their responsibilities are in today's climate and within the law.
The course is informed by The Care Act, The Equality Act (2010), The Sexual Offences Act (2003), COPSCW and SCIE.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KCF: Core 6.2, HWB4.2
QCF: HSC023, 024, 025, 026, 3019
Care Certificate: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13.2
The course supports the Social Care Commitment
The course is designed for Health & Support workers in diverse roles and settings.
The course will help organisations to to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • Definitions of Sexuality and Disability
  • Sexual development, expectations and need
  • The range of sexual activity, expression, identity, gender and orientation
  • What is meant by 'sexual dysfunction' and 'sexual perversion'
  • What the law says; including service users' relationship with staff
  • How legislation has changed regarding same sex relationships
  • How discrimination continues to be 'justified' by cultural and religious belief/prejudice/tradition
  • How to positively support LGBT people using services
  • What gets in the way of people receiving services having a satisfying sexual life
  • How staff attitudes can be unhelpful or indeed oppressive
  • Service users' civil and human rights
  • How workers can appropriate support service users rights in this area
  • How staff can go too far; with reference to policy and the Law
  • How to hold appropriate boundaries incl. team work, Supervision etc.
  • What would be sexually abusive; Safeguarding and the Law
  • Useful resources, helping agencies and self help
* On the two day course learners will explore a range of issues including disinhibited masturbation, the use of sex workers, pornography, termination, sex education etc.

Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Handouts, Large and smaller group work, Practice studies, Quiz, Talk & Chalk, Word shower method