Harding, R and Tascioglu, E (2020) ‘That’s a bit of a minefield!’: Supported Decision-Making in Intellectually Disabled People’s Intimate Lives. In: Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Edward Elgar, 256 - 270. ISBN 978 1 78811 114 0

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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.

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Additional Information: The final version of this chapter along with all other relevant information can be found online or in the published book available at; https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/research-handbook-on-gender-sexuality-and-the-law-9781788111140.html
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 09:17
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 09:17
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8828

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