The policy reflects the values and principles of respecting diversity, equality, human rights and non-discrimination in line with current legislation such as the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. No person is excluded from the policy on the grounds of any gender or transgender, disability or sexual orientation.
This care service believes that its service users have the right — often denied to older people and people with disabilities — to develop and maintain intimate personal and sexual relationships and to engage in sexual activity that is within the law and does not cause significant offence to others.
It recognises, however, that the presence of care staff in the homes of service users and their performing intimate care tasks may threaten the privacy on which this right depends. It also believes that its care practice should support the operation of rights associated with sexuality, and that where appropriate information and guidance should be available if needed to help service users remain safe and healthy, enjoy pleasurable experiences and take appropriate decisions for themselves in this area of their lives.
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