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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:


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:

1) Sash Referal Form

2) Sash Useful Information for young people 

3) Sash Support and advice for young people with learning difficulties 

4) Easy Read information SASH

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:

  • feelings
  • privacy and boundaries
  • friendship
  • 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.

Last Updated 04/03/2023

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