Learning disabilities, sex, law and policy

“Nice to have reference to real situations and cases.”
Course participant, Cambridgeshire County Council


The laws around sex can be complex and confusing, and may be used to ‘hide behind’ as a reason not to approach relationships and sex education (RSE) with people with learning disabilities. Policy statements from individual organisations often add to this confusion and leave staff very unsure of what they can and cannot do. In particular, when working with people with learning disabilities consent can be a confusing factor.

This one-day course is for anyone wanting to clarify what the law currently says about sexual activity and people with learning disabilities. It also gives participants the opportunity to look at some policies, either their own or from other workplaces, and to consider how these can be of use in the workplace.

Suitable for care workers, social workers, psychologists, teachers, school nurses and community nurses who work with vulnerable adults and young people.


To clarify and explain law, policy and other legislation relating to sex and people with learning disabilities.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain knowledge of the most up-to-date legislation in England and Wales on RSE and learning disability.
  • Understand the importance and application of an RSE policy in an organisation.

Free resource

All participants on this course will receive a copy of Learning Disabilities, Sex and the Law: A Practical Guide (FPA).

Number of days


Get this course on request

We'll deliver this course at a date and venue to suit you. Call 020 7608 5277 to discuss your team's requirements or fill in the form below and we'll get back to you.

  • £1,100 plus trainer expenses.
  • Maximum of 12 participants.

On request

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For courses in England, Scotland and Wales contact:

FPA training team – Tel: 020 7608 5277. Email: [email protected]

For courses in Northern Ireland:

Mark Breslin – Tel: 028 90 316 106.Email: [email protected]