Five central themes

After careful evaluation and research, five central themes were chosen in which (future) professionals should aim to develop increased competence and skills. Below you will find more information about each theme.

The way we deal with relationships, intimacy, and sexuality in care is largely determined by our own set of values and personal experiences. It is also shaped by the context within which we work: our team, the organization and the community in which we live and work. National laws, international guidelines, organizational policies, ideas and ethical standards…they all influence our actions with regard to this topic.

Research shows that many people have misconceptions concerning the development of healthy sexuality. To be able to react in an appropriate way, it is necessary that we know which behaviour can be expected at which level of development.

Sexuality has many different aspects. Professionals need to be alert to the various sexual identities of their clients. We should have special concern for the LGBT-group within care. Another element of concern is the cultural and religious background of those involved.

How to deal with risky behaviour: young people in care are at risk of sexual abuse, simply because of the reasons they are in care. Many children and young people in care are not only at risk but also engage in potentially risky behaviour. It is this combination that makes it a challenging area of work for professionals. That is why this is one of the central themes.

It is not only knowledge that is required, professionals also need to build competences in talking about sexuality with clients. How do you address the topics of intimacy, sexuality and relationships? That is what this theme is all about.

Published by  Safe 3 September 2018