CQC guides on managing residents’ relationships and sexuality

The CQC has published guidance for social care providers on relationships and sexuality in adult social care services.   

It says that damage to specific parts of the brain can result in people no longer being aware that their behaviours are unacceptable. This could lead to some people being less sexually inhibited in their speech or behaviour. Damage to the brain can also cause increases or decreases in sexual desire, and lead to people misinterpreting situations or misidentifying someone, resulting in unwanted sexual behaviour.  

The guidance covers issues such as how providers can help people develop their understanding of sexuality and relationships, best interests assessment in relation to a person’s consent to sex, how to support people exhibiting sexual disinhibition, training and how sexuality and relationships are considered within the key lines of enquiry.  

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