Hi !
I’m Sue

  • I live in Lancashire
  • I have worked in Social Care for over 50 years
  • I now do lots of training alongside self- advocates
  • Most of the training is about friendship, relationships and sex
  • I also give people advice about how to support relationships needs

Training and Consultancy is a company created by Sue Sharples, an experienced trainer, Social Worker and service manager in the field of social care and learning disability. Sue has built on her expertise in supporting relationships work by undertaking accredited Staffordshire University and Family Planning Association courses, which have equipped her with the knowledge and skill to deliver sensitive, person centred, specialist relationships and sexual health courses. Sue often works with self-advocate co-trainers.

Through her close involvement with the national Supported Loving network (https://www.choicesupport.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/supported-loving) Sue has contributed to the CQC Guidance on relationships and sexuality in social care  (www.cqc.org.uk/20190221-Relationships-and-sexuality-in-social-care ) and Skills for Care’s Supporting Personal Relationships Guide (www.skillsforcare.org.uk)

In Lancashire, she is the Co-Chair of the Friends and Relationships sub group of the Learning Disability Partnership Board and a member of the Partnership Board, working closely with other agencies and self- advocates to improve opportunities for relationships to thrive in the county.

Churchill Fellowship

In 2019 Sue was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to the USA and Canada to explore sexual self advocacy and sexual harm prevention for people with a learning disability. She now incorporates her learning into her training approaches and one to one developmental work, with a particular emphasis on trauma informed sex and relationships education.

A copy of Sue’s Churchill Fellowship report can be found here:


This is a blog written during the journey:


And here is an article from Community Living magazine about the Fellowship experience:


Recent Work

Sue has worked with local authorities, health trusts and provider organisations across the North West and nationally, providing advice, information and training. The ‘Y be Shy’, ‘Y be a Trainer’ and ‘Y be Safe’ inclusive training format was delivered to multiagency groups in Lancashire from 2016 to the present. A series of ‘Y be positive about sexual health’ events have also been provided for staff, alongside training on dating and safe relationships for self- advocates. Sue has also delivered one to one education sessions, undertaken capacity assessments and contributed to practice development.  

During the Covid 19 lockdown, she adapted the training programs for delivery online, continuing to work with provider agencies and people with learning disability and/or autism. In the last months she has also designed specialist courses for Social Workers and Community Health Teams.

Check out what our customers are saying about us:

We have commissioned Sue to deliver a number of training sessions in Wirral, to supported living providers, local sexual health services, and parents and carers. The feedback has been resoundingly positive across the board. Her vast knowledge and humour puts people at ease and allows for very open discussion and learning in topic areas which some can find controversial or sensitive. She has helped us to raise awareness of the importance of good sex education and relationships support and has skilled up the local workforce and parents and carers so they are more confident in supporting people in these areas.

Wonderful training which made me think more about the topic area, the resources provided will be very useful, thank you.

Brilliant. There is so much info I can share with the team. I will be using all the resources!

Training was fab! Handouts sent before and were very informative and easy to understand. Trainer ensured understanding

The course was really well planned and organised and the training we received was excellent. We really enjoyed it

I was unsure at the beginning in what to expect but by the end of the course, it all fitted together and I felt 100% better, that I could put a training session together and make it fun and engaging

The course has given me the confidence to support people who have questions about sex and relationships with accurate advice. It has also given me the confidence to plan and implement a sex and relationships course within our community

I found the training very enjoyable and informative, the trainer allowed time for questions and was very inclusive for everyone to become engaged in conversation

The course was amazing! Well resourced, excellent presentation, informative, well led, outstanding

Brilliant, informative, loads of resources, well informed, good fun, all staff should do it

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