For many parents, talking to their son or daughter about sex and relationships can be difficult, and even embarrassing.
It can be very hard to let go of your child and let them get involved in an adult relationship - and if your child has a learning disability, you may be especially concerned about how they will cope with the emotional and physical aspects of a romantic relationship.
If your child does meet someone and decides to have a relationship, there are many issues you may want to discuss with them, such as sexual health and emotional well-being, contraception and pregnancy.
My husband and I support our daughter with transport when she wants to go out with her boyfriend.
However, even with support, many people with a learning disability will face obstacles in their relationships. Things other couples take for granted, such as going out on dates, spending time alone and living together may be difficult, and your son or daughter may require extra help from the people that support them.
If you think your child would like to get more information on sex and contraception, they can get free confidential advice from Brook. The Family Planning Association (FPA) also has information on sex and sexual health, and runs Speakeasy training courses for parents and carers on how to talk to young people about sex and sexuality.
FPA sexual health training programme
FPA delivers a training programme to support adults and young people with learning disabilities to understand sexual health issues.
They also work with the parents and carers of people with learning disabilities and the professionals who support them.
- Find out more or book yourself or someone else onto the training programme