Service Provider Awareness Training – for disability service providers and support staff
1 day workshop – Supporting people with disability to access the Sex Industry
Our next Service Provider Awareness Training workshop run in partnership with Family Planning NSW will be held in Sydney on Thursday 27 June 2019.
Registrations are now open for this very well received workshop on the Family Planning NSW website.
This workshop is aimed at service providers and support staff to allow them to explore the issues they may face when assisting people with disability to access the sex industry.
Disability service providers, policy officers and support staff in New South Wales.
This workshop is specifically for participants who are connected to a disability organisation or directly support people with disability. Sex workers please go to the PDAT workshop page for more information about working with clients with disability.
The Touching Base Committee believes that there is a clear need for our training project, to provide education for providers and support staff , supporting them to fulfill their legal obligations to assist people with disability to follow the sexual lifestyle options of their choice, including non-heterosexual lifestyles. The training will help facilitate healthier sexual health outcomes for people with disability by enabling them to make better-informed choices for themselves and empower both people with disability and their support staff to address this often neglected area of service provision. In the last few years SWOP has received extensive inquiries from service providers regarding how best to access Sex Industry services. The initial Touching Base Forum in Feb 2000 asked “How could carers better support or facilitate a relative or client to access sexual services?” Participants identified the needs to –
The Touching Base Survey of Service Providers in NSW (2002) examined barriers service providers and support staff faced when accessing sexual services for their clients. 27 (75%) respondents indicated that they felt they would benefit from training and education in relation to assisting with and/or arranging access to sex work services and 29 (81%) indicated that they felt their organisation would benefit from such training.