Supported Loving toolkit
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.
Information for people with learning disabilities
- Preparing for and surviving puberty, including sections on feelings, attraction and sex (Central Sexual Health).
- Love, Sex and You (by Dorset People First and Dorset Primary Care Trust) - easy read.
- Writing a policy - sex and relationships - from our Supported Loving toolkit
- Free sexual health leaflets (Lanarkshire Sexual Health) - easy read.
- Sex and relationships (Easyhealth) - accessible and some cost money.
- Sex and relationships (Unity Health) - easy read information.
- Relationships and Sexuality in adult social care services (Care Quality Commission) - easy read information. This is also available for providers.
- Training and books, including 'making friends', 'hug me, touch me', 'feeling cross and sorting it out', 'belonging' and 'loving each other safely' (Books Beyond Words) - easy read and some cost money.
- Booklets on topics including 'friends and relationships', 'lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans', 'sex and masturbation' (CHANGE) - easy read.
- Photo-stories on same sex relationship issues Jan and Phil (The Norah Fry Research Centre).
- Relationship and sex advice and Dating - dos and don'ts (Mencap).
- Dating and support (BILD).
- Online pornography and illegal content (CMG) - easy read.
- Puberty and sexuality for children with disabilities (RSE Hub).
- Autism friendly guide to periods - buy on Amazon.
- Resources about masturbation and puberty for young people (by Kate E Reynolds) - buy on Amazon.
- Photo-story about dating online and things to be wary of (Central Sexual Health).
- Video about domestic violence (Tizard Centre and National Institute for Health Research) - watch below.
- Beyond Words books, cover a range of subjects including sexual abuse.
- What are relationships? (Kate E. Reynolds) - a book for young people with learning difficulties and autism to explore relationships - (you can purchase this book from leading retailers, including Amazon.)
- What is personal space? (Kate E. Reynolds) - a book for young people with learning difficulties and autism to understand what personal space is and how it varies depending on our relationships with other people - (you can purchase this book from leading retailers, including Amazon
- U-Night Group offers a DVD training pack on Staying Safe in Relationships contact Sue Sharples
Information for staff, supporters and family members
- Practical guidance on sexuality and relationships (Pavilion Publishing) - many Supported Loving members contributed.
- Leaflet covering relationships, privacy, staying safe and confidentiality (Fife Council and NHS Fife).
- Photo-stories following four couples covering relationships, getting to know each other, risks and sexual health (Central Sexual Health) - view them here: Anna and Bob, Denise and Callum, Eric and Fraser, Gina and Harry.
- Relationships toolkit (Highland Learning Disabilities and Relationships Group).
- Sexual health, relationships and parenthood (NHS Forth Valley).
- Challenging homophobia and heterosexism (Norah Fry Research Centre).
- Supporting people to develop relationships (National Development Team for Inclusion).
- Relationships and sexuality in adult social care services (Care Quality Commission)
- Supporting meaningful relationships (Skills for Care) - creating a workforce development programme with a sample training course.
- Positive sexual relationships (Research in Practice) - this briefing focuses on how practitioners can support positive relationships and minimise the risk of exploitation.
- Supporting disabled people with their sexual lives (Tuppy Owens with Claire de Than)
- Practice guidance toolkit for assessing capacity to consent to marriage (My Marriage, My Choice).
- Sexual health resources for professionals (Brook Publications) - for young people, but also useful for adults.
- LGBT resources.
- A teaching tool for exploring concept of gender (The Genderbread Person).
- Transgender Easy Read Guide For Web - created by CMG with Choice Support and Change.
- Ann Craft Trust has some resources about sexual abuse and safeguarding policies
- Sex and the 3'Rs: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities- Michelle McCarthy and David Thompson
Policy and procedure
There are several examples of policies on sex and relationships available on the internet. Here are some examples:
- Intimate Personal Relationships and Sexuality Policy - Adults With Learning Disabilities (Revised November 2009)
- Relationships and sexual wellbeing - Making choices keeping safe (NHS Forth Valley and Scottish Autism)
- Photosymbols - you pay a licence fee for a year and download as many images as you need.
- www.easyonthei.nhs.uk - this is free, you just have to register.
- Tom Orr - Bonnington Symbol System. Free, no need to register. Black and white graphics. Look under 'sexual health'
- Change - you can purchase a pack to download up to 100 images.
The organisations and services listed on this page are included in the Supported Loving toolkit to assist you and are provided in good faith.
Their inclusion in the Supported Loving toolkit does not imply that Supported Loving nor Choice Support endorses or supports them, nor does the absence of any other organisations or services, who are not included, imply that Supported Loving and Choice Support does not support them.
Every care is taken to ensure that the information listed in the Supported Loving toolkit is accurate. If you discover any information which you believe to be inaccurate, please let us know.