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CQC report calls for a culture of openness on sexuality

February 28, 2020

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s report on Promoting sexual safety through empowerment, a review of sexual safety and the support of people’s sexuality in adult social care, published in late February.

The report, available at cqc.org.uk/PromotingSexualSafety, calls for leaders across adult social care to work together to create a culture of openness where people using services feel empowered and supported to be open about sexuality and relationships while ensuring that they are protected from sexual harm.

Recommendations in the report include the production of co-produced guidance for care managers and staff that focuses on how to protect people using adult social care from sexual abuse, and how to support them to develop and maintain relationships and express their sexuality. A further recommendation is that CQC should continue to improve the system of provider notifications and how they deal with reported incidents ensuring staff are supported.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, while the regulator was right in saying sexual abuse should not be tolerated, it was “high time for a conversation to be had about allowing people in receipt of care to have the relationships that they choose”.

“Care England will be seeking an on-going dialogue with CQC to ensure that the recommendations within the report can come to fruition and how best our members, care providers, can develop ways of initiating open conversations where people are supported to express their sexuality,” said Prof. Green.

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