Promoting Person-Centred Services

Sexuality and Personal Relationships

‘To be a human being is to be a sexual being. Although there may be a range of intensity varying over time, we all have sexual needs, feelings and drives from the most profoundly disabled person to the most able’ (Craft A. 1987)

This highly original one day course explores definitions of sexuality, personal and organisational attitudes to sexuality and the rights of people receiving support to be recognised as sexual beings. This course will equip staff with the skills, knowledge, understanding and consistency of approach vital for responsible and effective care provision. 

Through interactive exercises and group reflection, supported by up to date information and theoretical studies participants will develop their understanding and working practice in promoting the rights, safety and responsibilities of those they work to support. 

We will work together during the day to establish a shared understanding of how to support people receiving services with issues relating to sexuality and personal relationships. 


  • To ensure staff have a consistent approach to promoting the right of those they support to be acknowledged as sexual beings. 
  • To explore attitudes to sexuality and personal relationships. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • To be familiar with organisational policy and procedures 
  • To differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate care practices. 
  • To establish positive approaches when dealing with sensitive issues. 
  • To recognise how personal beliefs and attitudes towards sexual relationships and sexuality affect the ways in which we offer support. 
  • To acknowledge that information about, and support in managing, sexuality and relationships is every person's human right regardless of ability/disability. 


  • Domestics, Aims and Learning Outcomes, Ground Rules, Introductions 
  • Personal identity and first relationships 
  • Autograph Sheet 
  • Values - Four Corners 
  • Defining ‘Sexuality’ 
  • Aspects of Sexuality 
  • Sexuality and Relationships Quiz 
  • Personal Care Sexual situations 
  • Policy, Procedure and Good Care Practice 
  • Bobby and Sonia DVD
  • Discussion / Questions/Action Plans 

Who is it for? 

Organisations providing services for people with dementia 

Managers, employees, volunteers and members of families 

Anyone keen to understand more about dementia 

Anyone keen to develop practical interpersonal communication skills 

What people say: 

‘An excellent course, highly enjoyable, well delivered’ 

‘Fantastic course – lots of exercises – very thought provoking’ 

‘Kept my attention throughout – very clear’ 

‘Unique and fresh approach to delivery of course content’ 

‘I learned lots’ 

‘Felt l could say what l wanted without feeling self-conscious’ 


For further information please contact:

Tina Thordal – 07815 064710 or e-mail 

Bill Horrocks – 07929 035297 or e-mail