376: Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health (LD 307) | HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE DIPLOMA ANSWERS

Category: 376: Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health (LD 307)

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…

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Describe different ways an individual can express themselves sexually and how individual preferences can be supported

There are several ways that an individual can express themselves sexually. Of course, having sexual intercourse is the most obvious but other intimate actions such as kissing, hugging and stroking can also be methods of sexual expression. There is also the use of sex aids and legal pornogography, masturbation and the way an individual dresses…

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Explain why the development of a meaningful relationship can be important to the development of an individual’s sexuality

The development of a meaningful relationship is often important to the development of an individual’s sexuality because it allows them to develop intimacy and share experiences with another person without sexual intercourse. As the relationship between the individuals develops there will be opportunities for them to learn about each other and their likes and dislikes,…

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Explain how own values, belief systems and experiences may impact on support for individuals with learning disabilities

It is important that a support workers own values, belief systems and experiences do not influence the support they provide for individuals with learning disability. All individuals beliefs and choices should be respected whether you agree with them or not. For example, I do not believe in a God, however I have worked with clients…

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Explain key parts of relevant legislation relating to sexuality and sexual health for individuals and how this influences practice

Legislation relating to sexuality and sexual health includes: The Equality Act & Human Rights Act – Individuals should not be discriminated against because of disability and should be free to make the same choices as anybody else, including those relating to sexuality The Mental Capacity Act – Until proven otherwise, an individual should be considered…

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Identify local services that exist to support sexual health for individuals

There are a few local services that exist to support sexual health for individuals in addition to local GP surgeries. There is a Sexual Health Clinic in Nuneaton that offers contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening and general advice and information about sexual health. They also offer C-Cards, which allow the holders to get…

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Explain the key features of sexual health and well-being and how this relates to an individual’s overall health and well-being

Sexual health is a state of physical, mental, social and emotional well-being related to sexuality. This not only means the absence of sexually transmitted diseases but also having mutually beneficial relationships with both partners respecting one another, physical intimacy and safe sexual experiences free from coercion, discrimination and violence. An individual’s sexual health and well-being…

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Explain how mental capacity can influence sexual development, sexual experience, sexual expression and sexual health

Mental capacity can have a direct influence on sexual development, sexual experience, sexual expression and sexual health, however it should be remembered that under the Mental Capacity Act all individuals should be treated as being able to make their own decisions until it is shown that they are not able to do so. Having said…

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