COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Yarrow devises sex education scheme for disabled adults

A housing charity has devised a sex education programme which it hopes will radically alter the quality of life for adults with learning disabilities throughout the country.

The "Let's talk about sex

training programme has been created by Yarrow Housing in conjunction with adults with learning disabilities and aimed at both them and staff working with them from statutory and voluntary sectors.

It uses explicit language, colloquial slang and images to get its messages across and is the first such programme to be developed with service users, according to the housing charity.

The programme consists of one booklet for staff and carers, one for service users, and a Powerpoint presentation for organisations, but Yarrow wants to build on this to provide a more comprehensive training programme.

The charity hopes to link up with other voluntary organisations working in advocacy, sexual health and family planning to develop the programme.

Yarrow is feeding into the Government consultation following the publication of its national strategy on sexual health.

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