‘That’s a bit of a minefield': Supported decision-making in intellectually disabled people’s intimate lives

Rosie Harding, Ezgi Tascioglu

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Abstract

In this chapter, we explore the issue of support for intellectually disabled people in developing intimate relationships within the constraints of the regulatory position set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Through analysis of empirical data from qualitative interviews with disabled people and health and social care professionals, we explore the interconnection of autonomy, vulnerability, empowerment and protection in this complex area. We argue that law and practice in this area needs to step back from focusing only on protectionist responses, which can exacerbate the problem. We propose, building on our empirical data, that we need instead to move towards discourses and practices that help support the autonomy of intellectually disabled people while recognising their vulnerability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law
EditorsChris Ashford, Alexander Maine
PublisherEdward Elgar
Chapter19
Pages256-270
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978178811140
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2020

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