About Down's Syndrome : Let’s Talk about Relationships and Sex training resource

Whilst most people with Down’s syndrome will have had access to some form of relationship and sex education (RSE) at school, the timescales of these do not usually allow for the repetition, reinforcement and depth of teaching needed for people to fully understand some of the complex issues involved.

There is also an assumption with typical RSE that young people will pick up certain things on their own or from their peers, which young people with Down’s syndrome are less likely to do. This can lead to a lack of understanding in adulthood, from the practicalities of sexuality and relationships to the laws and rights surrounding them.

In response to this need, we have created a training package specifically designed for the learning strengths and challenges of people with Down’s syndrome.

The training will be facilitated by those who purchase the resource, such as a care provider, a local authority, support group or a parent or carer, who will use the resource to deliver eight sessions covering all aspects of Relationships and Sex.

The resource is suitable for adults aged 18 and over.

The training resource is made up of eight different sessions covering:

  • Rights
  • Consent
  • Privacy and boundaries
  • Sexual acts
  • Sexuality, gender and safe sex
  • Relationships
  • Online safety and self esteem
  • Recap session

What you will receive

Those who purchase the resource will receive a comprehensive guide for facilitators, explaining how to run each session and outlining additional resources for you to use with participants.

After you purchase the Trainers guide, you will see a confirmation page where you will be able to download eight sets of easy read slides, one for each topic. You will also be able to download extra activities for participants, workbooks for each session and course evaluations to monitor understanding and progress.

You will also receive these links in your confirmation email.

The pilot

The training resource has been piloted by New Key, a care provider in the South West of England. The trainers really enjoyed the process and are very keen to run the course again.

The participants said:

“I enjoyed the course and have found most of it easy to understand.”

“I have learnt that it is OK to say no.”

“I have learnt not to tell the bus driver about my sex life.”


  • DSA Parent members: £50
  • Individual (non-member parent, self-employed practitioner): £80
  • Organisations – 1-10 staff: £100
  • Organisations – 11-50 staff: £150
  • Organisations – 50+ staff: £180
Click here to purchase the package in our online shop.

If you have any questions, try the FAQ page first.

Otherwise, contact our information team using our national helpline number (0333 1212 300) or email us at info@down-syndrome.org.uk

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