Dating and relationships for young people with SEND
There is no reason why young people with SEND should not be able to form relationships, from making friends to finding love.
There are services in the borough that can help to connect you with other young people in your area, as well as make sure you stay safe in your relationships:
Happily is a local friendship and dating agency for people with learning disabilities or autism. It has been set-up and is run by the sister of a young person with learning disabilities.
The aim of the agency is to bring people with learning disabiltiies and autism together to help them make new friends or find love.
Read more about Happily by clicking here.
Sexual Advice, Sexual Health (SASH)
When you start dating, you need to be careful to look after your sexual health. There are several diseases that can pass from one person to another through sexual relationships - so you should take precautions.
To help you stay safe, an organisation called Sexual Advice, Sexual Health (SASH) has been set up to give you information and support to protect yourself. To find out more information about what they offer, please click here.
Here are some documents you may find useful:
2) Sash Leaflet
NSPCC Love Life Resources
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has produced a pack of resources, called ‘Love Life’, to help young people with learning disabilities understand concepts such as:
- privacy and boundaries
- different kinds of love
- online safety
The Love Life resources consist of several videos and activities that follow the lives of Ash, her friend Jim, and her sister Steph.
Find out more information and take a look at the resources by clicking here.