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Sexuality and Learning Disabilities (2nd edition)

Practical approaches to providing positive support

Price: £25.00
Sexuality and Learning Disabilities (2nd edition) is a handbook intended to guide anyone working with people with learning disabilities.
Author(s): Edited by Dr Claire Bates

This brand-new edition of our best-selling handbook, brings the topic fully up to date, with legal changes, latest approaches to supporting relationships and sexuality, plus the inclusion of contemporary issues like sex, relationships and the internet, domestic violence and supporting people with learning disabilities who identify as LGBT.

Sexuality and Learning Disabilities is grounded in research and best practice. It is accessible for staff occupying many roles, for example support workers and managers in learning disability service settings, supported housing, community learning disability teams, social workers, students in health and social care and any professional who may find themselves supporting a person with a learning disability from time to time. The book may also be helpful for family members.

The new edition is a complete revision and updating of content, aiming to address key knowledge requirements and concerns of people working in the field, with opportunities for reflection and professional development. Case studies illustrate the content to help the reader explore how best to address issues in practice.

The booklet is accessible for staff occupying many roles, for example support workers and managers in learning disability service settings, supported housing, community learning disability teams, social workers, students in health and social care and any professional who may find themselves supporting a person with a learning disability from time to time. The book may also be helpful for family members.
ISBN: 9781911028550
Publication: 14 June 2018
Content:

Contents include:

Sex and marraige - What the law says

Masturbation

Sexuality support for people with profound and multiple disabilities

Supporting loving relationships for people with learning disabilities

Pregnancy, contraception and women choosing to have a child

Concerns about the sexual abuse and exploitation of people with learning disabilities

When sexual behaviours become harmful or abusive

Relationships and the Internet: Internet as an area for love, sex and companionship for young people with learning disabilities

Domestic violence and women with learning disabilities

We're all in it together: supporting young people around sex and relationships

Some people with learning disabilities are queer. Get over it! 

Claire Bates PhD is an honorary research associate at The Tizard Centre, University of Kent, and is on secondment from Choice Support. Claire has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 15 years, including as a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and has worked with people with learning disabilities around issues such as abuse. Claire’s PhD focused on partner selection and love for people with learning disabilities. Claire’s current research is exploring bisexuality among people with learning disabilities.