Sexuality and Relationships in Care Homes

27 February 2020 – NCA

National Care Association welcomes the guide published by CQC today. Clearly the subject of any relationship within a care setting is a crucial part of the life of those we care for and it is important to recognise that not all relationships will be the same. The most important element we believe is that everyone within the care service is enabled to live a life which is safe and fulfilling and as providers we hold that responsibility alongside families and friends.

Responsible providers across the country will have, as the bedrock of the service, the ethos that regardless of age, gender, background or orientation, we will support service users to express themselves and develop and maintain relationships, in a safe and supportive environment always ensuring that it is free of risk to themselves or other vulnerable people in our care.

Nadra Ahmed OBE said, “All care services are multifaceted and so highlighting this is an important reminder of what can at times be seen as a taboo subject. Individuals in our care have the right to live life to their full potential whilst embracing a supported lifestyle with their peers.

We hope these guidelines will be used to train care staff in a way that they can feel comfortable and confident to support their service users. Clearly, it is important that both providers and the CQC are working to common aims and objectives in the best interest of those we serve.

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