Supported Loving

Supported Loving toolkit

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The Supported Loving network has produced a series of guides to help support people with learning disabilities with issues around sex and relationships.

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Supporting people to date

People may need support prior to dating as it can cause a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety and distress.

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Supporting relationships

Supported Loving is all about equipping staff to support people with learning disabilities to enjoy close and intimate relationships.

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On Line Dating

Online dating

The ways in which people find love has changed dramatically with the development of the internet.

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Dating and friendship agencies

There are a number of dating agencies across the UK that specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities.

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Housing and supporting relationships

What do you do if a person with learning disabilities wants to live with their partner, and this has an impact on their housing?

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Help for parents

How should parents support adult children with learning disabilities to enjoy friends, relationships and their sexuality in a safe and healthy way?

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Contraception and sexual health

There's a need for clear, accessible information and advice about contraception for people with learning disabilities.

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Pornography

Adults with learning disabilities can enjoy and benefit from accessing pornography through the internet, just like other people without a disability.

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Masturbation

Masturbation is a subject not often spoken about in learning disabilities services. However, it is a way for an individual to express their sexual nature.

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Domestic violence and women with learning disabilities

There has not been a lot of research on domestic violence against women with learning disabilities, but we are gradually learning more about their experiences.

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Harmful sexual behaviour

Adults and children with learning disabilities and/or autism can sometimes display harmful or abusive sexual behaviours.

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Sex positive sexuality and relationships training

People with learning disabilities have the same rights to have intimate, sexual and romantic relationships as anyone else, but often don’t have adequate support to ensure that they’re able to exercise these rights.

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LGBTQ+

Overcoming barriers isn’t easy for people with a disability who identify as LGBTQ+. A lack of confidence and a lack of communication skills can leave people vulnerable.

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LGBTQ social groups

LGBTQ+ social groups for people with learning disabilities and/or autism can be a great place to help people to meet others who understand and be a place to make friends and have fun.

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Training Organisations

Training organisations

There are many organisations offering training covering all areas of relationships and sexual health for people with learning disabilities.

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Supported Loving useful resources

We've put together a list of websites, videos and guides to help you to support people with learning disabilities with every aspect of love, sex and relationships.

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Writing a sex and relationships policy

When organisations do not have a sex and relationships policy staff can be unsure about what is expected of them and how to respond to sensitive situations.

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Staying safe in relationships

People with a learning disability are four times more likely than other citizens to be sexually abused. This section is about supporting people to have safe, positive relationships, including sexual relationships.

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Sex workers

People with learning disabilities can be supported to use a sex worker but a clear process must be followed to minimise the risk to both themselves and staff supporting them.

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More about Supported Loving

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Supported Loving blog

Read the blogs submitted by Supported Loving network members, discussing important issues like sex and relationships.

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What is Supported Loving?

Supported Loving is a campaign set up by Choice Support to highlight the importance of good support in helping people with learning disabilities find love.

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Supported Loving network

Become a member and make Supported Loving a priority for people with learning disabilities.

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