give two examples of different working relationships in adult social care setting
Issues for social care workers
The area of "adult relationships" is one in which people with learning difficulties often
encounter obstacles, problems and prejudice. [ Children with learning difficulties can become
adults with little or no experience of "normal" social and interpersonal skills to help them
make, and maintain, the kinds of
adult relationships that are valued in our society. Have we,
as care-givers, neglected an important area of personal growth and development in those
we care for?
We live in a society which expects sexually responsible behaviour from adults with learning
difficulties, even when society's attitude is ambivalent, and individuals have not been taught
what is - and what is not - socially acceptable, sexually responsible behaviour.
It is therefore important that social carers have a holistic approach to working with service
users who have learning difficulties, to enable the acquisition and use of the necessary
"adult relationship skills".
This introductory good practice statement is intended to encourage debate about issues of
personal relationships and adults with learning difficulties in social care settings. There are
other contemporary issues (not addressed here) about sexuality and relationships within
society that will affect this group of service users and require further consideration:
• Lesbian and gay issues
• Bereavement-loss of partner or significant others
• Health issues including AIDS/HIV
• Sexual abuse ]
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