Training and consultancy: learning disability

Sexuality, sex, relationships and learning disability

FPA trainers are experienced in working with a range of people with learning disabilities, including those who have high support needs.

We can provide you with expert support to:

  • develop a sexuality and relationships policy for your organisation
  • provide individual sessions for someone with a learning disability
  • provide groupwork sessions for around six people with learning disabilities
  • provide sessions for parents to help them gain skills and confidence in dealing with issues of sex, sexuality and relationships with their children
  • commission staff training to help your staff feel more confident about working with people with learning disabilities.

If you would like to discuss any of these options then email training@fpa.org.uk.

If our suggested range of sessions or courses doesn't suit your needs then we can tailor all work meet your requirements – just tell us what you need.

Developing a sexuality and relationships policy with guidelines

Experienced FPA trainers can work with nominated individuals to develop a sexuality and relationships policy suitable for your organisation.

Such policies, with accompanying guidelines, are essential to help your staff know the boundaries of the work they will carry out and to give them guidance about how to respond to different situations concerning clients’ sexuality needs.

Such policies are also essential for clients and services users so that they are clear about their sexual rights and about what they can expect from staff.

Individual sessions for people with learning disabilities

Experienced FPA trainers can provide:

  • a number of 45-minute sessions (minimum of six) to support an individual
  • sessions tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Both the participant and the commissioning organisation will need to carry out a needs assessment before the sessions take place.

A staff member from the commissioning organisation will need to be present at all of the sessions so that the work can continue as appropriate after FPA has completed all commissioned sessions.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • communication and consent
  • emotions
  • how babies are made
  • good touch and bad touch
  • growing up
  • identity and self-image
  • keeping safe
  • keeping clean
  • masturbation
  • my body
  • public and private spaces
  • relationships
  • abortion
  • contraception
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans identities
  • parenthood
  • pornography
  • safer sex
  • sex and the law
  • sexual abuse
  • sexual relationships
  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Groupwork sessions for people with learning disabilities

Experienced FPA trainers can provide:

  • a number of 60-minute sessions (minimum of six) to support a group of about six people with learning disabilities
  • sessions tailored to meet the needs of the group.

The group members and the commissioning organisation will need to carry out a needs assessment before the sessions take place.

A staff member from the commissioning organisation will need to be present at all sessions so that the work can continue as appropriate when FPA has completed its work.

Topics can be covered as for the individual sessions (see above) but commissioners can suggest their own topics too.

Sessions for parents of people with learning disabilities

Experienced FPA trainers can provide a one-day session to help them gain skills and confidence in dealing with issues of sex, sexuality and relationships and helping their children stay safe.

Typically, a session will include:

  • helping parents and carers develop strategies to communicate with their children concerning relationships, sex and sexuality
  • evaluating resources suitable for working with their children at home
  • examining some of the legislation relating to sexuality and learning disability
  • considering how their values and beliefs impact on how they communicate with their children.

Peer training with people with learning disabilities

Experienced FPA trainers can support people with learning disabilities to become peer trainers on issues of relationships and sexuality.

Potential peer trainers would need to have already attended the groupwork session for people with learning disabilities, as above. They would then partner with an FPA trainer, gradually taking increasing responsibility for delivering a structured programme to other people with learning disabilities.

This peer training can be combined with staff training in certain circumstances.

Staff training for professionals working with people with learning disabilities

Experienced FPA trainers can provide a wide range of one-day, two-day and three-day courses for professionals working with people with learning disabilities.

Courses range from our one-day Learning disabilities, sex, law and policy course or Sex and relationships work with people with learning disabilities course to our three- or four-day Delivering sex and relationships work with people with learning disabilities course.