Course Profile

Course Profile: Sexuality & Physical Disabilities (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 Equality Act (2010), The Sexual Offences Act (2003), SCIE, The Human Rights Act and a range of guidance from 'Disability' organisations. 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
NHS KSF:  Core 6.2, HWB4.2
Care certificate: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10
QCF: PD OP3.2, HSC024, 025, 036, 3019, 3066, SHC33, 34
The course is designed for Health& Social Care staff working in diverse roles and contexts with people with a Disability.

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
  • Those with Physical Disabilities; the same needs as others?
  • Family and Public attitudes and the infantilisation of people with disabilities
  • How discrimination is 'justified' by cultural and religious belief/prejudice
  • What gets in the way of people with disabilities having a satisfying sexual life
  • How staff attitudes can be unhelpful or indeed oppressive
  • How staff can go too far; with reference to policy and the Law
  • How to hold appropriate boundaries; incl. openness, team work, Supervision etc.
  • What would be sexually abusive; Safeguarding and the Law
  • Service users' civil and human rights
  • 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, supporting same sex relationships, termination, sex education etc.

Training methods utilised include: Discussion, PowerPoint, Large group work, Small group work, Exercises, Handouts, Tutor presentations, Quiz, Practice study, DVD