Guidance published by CQC today sets out how care providers should consider people's relationship and sexuality needs.
This summary guidance is designed to raise awareness amongst inspectors and providers, of the sexuality related needs of people using adult social care services. The guidance highlights the importance of supporting people to form and maintain relationships, and considers circumstances where some people may be at risk of harm.
The definition of sexuality within the guidance is deliberately broad to try and capture the range of different experiences people may have. It is designed to support inspectors and providers to sensitively navigate this complex area in a practical way, to promote the best experiences for people. There is information at the end of the guidance to signpost readers to further information and support.Documents;