< December 2017

Supporting people who need care and support to have meaningful relationships: new guidance

New guidance has been issued by Skills for Care to help employers think about what workers need to know and understand about personal relationships, and how they can create a workforce development programme for their organisation.

Everyone has the right to have personal relationships including people with learning disabilities and other social care and health needs. 

Adult social care workers need to have the right values, skills and knowledge to support the people they work with to have positive personal relationships, and training is a vital part of this. 

Relationships are an important part of everyone’s life and they can bring happiness, fulfilment and a greater sense of choice and control to the lives of people with learning disabilities. 

Many people with learning disabilities still face barriers to building and developing personal relationships, including: 

  • a lack of accessible information for people with learning disabilities about personal relationships and sexuality
  • a lack of training and resources for families and care workers which results in a perceived fear around personal relationships 
  • practical barriers such as a lack of privacy, lack of support to meet people and unable to access transport. 

Good training will help care workers and families understand the balance between supporting people to have meaningful personal relationships and protecting them from abuse or exploitation. And this guidance is designed to help you find and/ or deliver high quality training.

You can download the guidance by clicking the image below.

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