A relationship is the word used to describe how we get on with other people.
We all need relationships, they can help us to feel good about ourselves.
It is important for all adults to have the choice to learn about and have different types of relationships such as friends, lovers, marriage or becoming a parent.
It is really important that you feel safe in any relationship.
A social relationship with a friend who you can relax and have fun with. Someone you can go out with to different places and maybe make more friends.
An intimate personal relationship is with someone who you may want to kiss and cuddle or have sex with. Both of you must give your consent. Consent means you both agree.
A family relationship is when you care about, or receive care and support from a member of your own family. This could be a parent, brother, sister or other relative.
More information about your rights and responsibilities about relationships and the rights of your family, carers and other professionals is available in the leaflet rack and in The Law and Me – Rights and Wrongs about Relationships.
For more advice and guidance about relationships you could refer to the following websites:
Books Beyond Words – a selection of books for people who find pictures easier to understand than words.
Falling In Love
Hug Me Touch Me
Keeping Healthy Down Below
Looking After My Balls
Looking After My Breasts
Loving Each Other Safely
Life Support Publications – includes educational DVD resources suitable for children and young people including those with learning disabilities.
More detailed resources designed for carers and professionals are available in the Business Area.