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Promoting sexual well-being in social work education and practice.

Lee, S., Fenge, L.-A. and Collins, B., 2018. Promoting sexual well-being in social work education and practice. Social Work Education, 37 (3), 315-327.

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DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2017.1401602


This paper explores the importance of including sexual well-being within social work practice and education. Social workers often work with individuals for whom opportunities for sexual expression are limited and who face discriminatory attitudes. Sexual well-being is a global concern, and is particularly relevant considering international interest in the influence of notions of well-being on mental and physical health. Implementation of new social care policy in England, underpinned by the well-being principle, provides practitioners with the opportunity to explore what is meaningful to individual’s well-being through person-centred approaches to practice. There is currently little coverage of sexual well-being within social work education, this means students and practitioners lack the knowledge and skills to challenge barriers. Promotion of the concept of sexual citizenship, with its associated rights and responsibilities, enables social workers to engage in rights focused practice. Sexual well-being is a sensitive subject and the social and personal barriers practitioners may experience in addressing this topic are explored.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:physical disability; sexual well-being; risk; social work education
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:29951
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Nov 2017 12:23
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:08


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