Explain how to support an individual to keep safe sexually to minimise sexual vulnerability and to avoid instances of abusive experiences

Individuals can be supported to keep safe sexually by being provided with relevant information and education. This can include guidance on safe sex, contraception, appropriate sexual behaviour and what is lawful and unlawful. It is also paramount to teach individuals that nobody has the right to touch their genitals or any other part of their body without consent. Building up a trusting professional relationship with an individual and installing a core value of ‘no secrets’ and talking openly about sexual subjects can be very useful in preventing sexual abuse, as can explaining the importance of gentleness in intimacy. In some cases, specialist assistance may be needed from other health and social care professionals such as psychologists and social workers.

In addition, it is paramount to remember that an individual with learning disabilities has the same rights as everybody else in their sexual expression and has the freedom to make their own choices providing it is lawful and there is not a safeguarding issue (a copy of my company’s Safeguarding Policy has been attached to this document as evidence).

 

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