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Supporting intimacy and relationships in later life: Practice Tool (2023)

Published: 03/05/2023

Author: Hafford-Letchfield T


This resource encourages practitioners to think about supporting people’s expression of intimacy and sexuality when they draw on care services in later life. It builds upon learning from the evidence review Ageing Well: Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in Later Life. The practice tool supports personal reflection on values, beliefs and expectations around intimacy and sexuality in older age. It explores practice considerations around inclusivity, complexity, ethics and mental capacity.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - The role of social workers | Person-centred practice | Direct work with individuals and families | Organisational context | Effective assessments and outcome based support planning | Professional ethics and leadership | Values and ethics | Developing confident and capable social workers | Assuring good social work practice and development | Relationship-based practice supervision

CQC - Safe | Effective | Caring

PCF - Professionalism | Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Intervention and skills

RCOT - Understanding relationship | Service users | Collaborative | Communication | Identify needs

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