Supported Loving toolkit

Capacity to engage in sexual relations

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Here at Supported Loving, one of our most frequently discussed topics is mental capacity regarding sex. Staff are often uncertain about this topic and this page aims to provide clarity.

Resources

Exploring sexual and social understanding

This pack by Bild has been developed to provide a flexible, visual resource that can be used to assess sexual knowledge and capacity to consent and help to teach and discuss appropriate social and sexual behaviour.

Capacity to consent to sexual relations guidance from the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Capacity to consent to sexual relations guidance from BPS on capacity and a range of issues relating to sex. (Note: this has not been updated to reflect current case law/criteria to assess capacity.)

BILD Capacity Assessment Tool

Free tool to assess capacity from BiLD.

39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Guidance

Guidance for social care professionals around the law and principles relating to assessing mental capacity.

Easy Read Guide to Sexual Consent

Available from Change and SARSAS (Bristol).

Grandpa on a Skateboard: the practicalities of assessing mental capacity and unwise decisions

Grandpa on a Skateboard: the practicalities of assessing mental capacity and unwise decisions designed very specifically as a practical guide for anyone who is being asked to undertake a capacity assessment.

Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice

Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice giving guidance for decisions made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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Supported Loving toolkit

The Supported Loving network has produced a series of guides to help support people with issues surrounding sexuality and relationships.

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What is Supported Loving?

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Supported Loving network

Supported Loving is not a formal membership organisation. Anyone can take part, it is free.

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