Policies and advice on masturbation


We’ve had an enquiry from a professional in a residential college looking for advice on policies and procedures around masturbation.  Some of the autistic young people at the college have health conditions which mean they need to be supervised by staff at all times.

They support young autistic people in understanding the difference between public and private spaces, but this does not address the needs of young people with complex needs who have an urge to masturbate, but who cannot be left unsupervised.

Some parents are also very against allowing any masturbation to take place.

What does your school or residential service do in this instance? Any advice or guidance on policies would be very welcome.