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Overcoming barriers in intimate relationships

Dr Claire Bates, Honorary Research Associate at The Tizard Centre, University of Kent and Quality Analyst for Choice Support.

Dr Claire Bates, Choice Support, writes in Community Living magazine that training can help avoid a risk-averse culture created when staff face the challenges of supporting people with learning disabilities with their intimate relationships.

Claire's article presents learning from research she conducted at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. People with learning disabilities should be treated as adults and have their rights respected. People should be supported to understand and defend these rights. Staff training will prevent unnecessary restrictions being placed on relationships. Read Claire's Community Living article here.

Dr Claire Bates is an Honorary Research Associate at The Tizard Centre, University of Kent and Quality Analyst for Choice Support.  In response to Claire's research findings on intimate relationships Choice Support started the Supported Loving social media campaign.  This has become a self-help network of providers and individuals interested in sharing learning so that people with learning disabilities can get better support for their relationships.  

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