Promoting Sexual Safety Through Empowerment: A Review of Sexual Safety
Published by the Care Quality Commission.
This report looks at how people are kept safe from sexual incidents in social care services, and also how they are supported to express their sexuality. Although these areas are different, stakeholders told us that they are interconnected, and both need to be considered when supporting and empowering people. It follows on from our report on Sexual safety on mental health wards, whichconcluded that more needed to be done to keep people safe.
It is clear from our discussions with people using services, staff, providers and their representatives that the first step to protecting and supporting people is having a culture of openness to talk about sexual safety and sexuality. We want this report to encourage a conversation about sexual safety, sexuality and respectful relationships in adult social care, as people have every right to express themselves, to be treated with dignity and to be kept safe from harm.