Masturbation – working with people with learning disabilities

Location: London

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Intimate self touch and masturbation can be difficult for professionals who work with people with learning disabilities to deal with, particularly when it happens in public, or in front of other clients.

Sometimes people with learning disabilities are carrying out the masturbation somewhere private and appropriate but they are not able to masturbate effectively, or they use objects that are not fit for purpose, so they hurt themselves. 


The aim of this course is to support practitioners working with people with learning disabilities to enable clients to masturbate safely and effectively if they so choose.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the training participants will have:

  • Knowledge of the current law and good practice responses surrounding intimate self-touch and masturbation
  • Knowledge of how to respond when clients want to masturbate both publically and privately
  • Explored ways in which they can support clients to masturbate appropriately and effectively
  • Explored resources that can support work with people who have learning disabilities and who masturbate

Pre-course info

This course will contain educational sexually explicit images. If you have any concerns about the content please contact us for more information.

The course on 14 May 2019 takes place at:

Amnesty International, 17-25 New InnYard, London, EC2A 3EA

Course time: 9.30am–4.30pm

The course on 3 July takes place at:

Central London Samaritans, 46 Marshall Street, London, W1F 9BF

Lunch is not provided but there are lots of places nearby where you can buy lunch. 

Course dates:

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Wednesday 3rd July 2019


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