Adults with learning disabilities often don’t receive sex education, which means social workers are often left trying to strike a balance between service users’ rights to have a sexual relationship and any potential risks of doing so.
Lack of sex education also puts this client group at risk of online sexual exploitation. As social media becomes ever more popular and fast changing, the risks for vulnerable adults become greater. This session will help you understand:
- The barriers to having a sexual relationship for adults with learning disabilities and how social workers can address these barriers
- How to have difficult conversations with parents when they are reluctant for their adult child to have a sexual relationship
- How to balance risks and rights
- How to keep clients safe while online
- How to spot the signs that someone might be being groomed or at risk of online sexual exploitation, and – when risk is confirmed – how to unpick what is happening, who is involved, and protect the individual
Michael Fullerton, clinical director, Achieve Together