Sexuality and Relationships Forum

Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability

The topic of sexuality can be an area of concern for parents and carers of children and young people with intellectual disability. They are often worried about opening a 'can of worms' by talking to their child about sexuality. People with intellectual disability are often assumed to be non-sexual and fears around exploitation and hurtful situations are persistent realities.

Research shows that there is no difference in the sexual desires and needs between people with intellectual disability and people without disability. Sexuality education for people with intellectual disability has been proven to increase knowledge and self-esteem, facilitate community participation, and improve decision making and self-protection skills.

Family Planning NSW provides parents and carers with much needed information and resources about sexuality and relationships. Our forums help parents and carers to gain a clearer understanding of their child's sexuality and how to support their personal development in a positive way.

We cover a range of sexuality topics across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

  • Sexuality and disability
  • Preparing for puberty
  • Healthy relationships
  • Supporting positive and safe sexual expression
  • Sexual health
  • Tips for talking about sex and answering tricky questions
  • Books, DVDs, resources and services
  • Choose from a variety of workshops to suit your needs
  • Ask experienced trainers your questions
  • Meet other parents and carers

Disability Awards - winner

This forum won a 2017 NSW Disability Innovation Award in the category 'Innovation in improving outcomes for children and young people'. 

Who are the forums for?

Parents, foster parents, relatives and other unpaid carers of people with intellectual disability are welcome. 

This forum is not intended for service providers. Please visit our website for information regarding professional education and training.

We regret we are unable to provide respite/childcare.

Next Forum

NOWRA

Monday, 16th of October 2017
6pm - 8pm
Interchange Shoalhaven
37 Holloway Road
South Nowra, 2541
 
Cost: FREE

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ASHFIELD

Saturday, 28th of October 2017
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Family Planning NSW
328-336 Liverpool Road
Ashfield 2131
 
Cost: FREE
Funded by Wests Ashfield

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More Information

For more information or to express your interest, contact:

Health Promotion

T: 02 8752 4388

F: 02 8752 4396

E: healthpromotion@fpnsw.org.au

Resources

Your Child's Growing Sexuality: a guide for parents and carers of children with intellectual disability

Your Child's Growing Sexuality cover Parents play a very important role in their child's sexuality education. Your Child's Growing Sexuality is a guide for parents and carers to support their child's sexuality education as they grow and develop. It provides information on the importance of sexuality education, when to introduce new topics, strategies for talking about and supporting a child to learn sexuality information and frequently asked questions.

Downloads

Presenter PowerPoint slides from past forums are now available to download below:

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