Help and Advice

Be Safe Online - below are some contacts that can help you be safe online and on social media. They include both support for people experiencing problems and abuse and advice/training to help protect you.

Staying Safe... ..on social media and online Easy Read guide to staying safe online and on social media, published by The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

SafeSurfing Take part in Safe Surfing online training sessions!  The SafeSurfing project is teaching people with intellectual disabilities how to keep their information safe when using the Internet..

ThinkUKnow, Useful site for parents, plenty of information and links to other sites.

NSPCC, Sexting - useful advice for parents about sexting - what it is and more.

Safety Net Project to prevent the exploitation of people with learning disabilities by those claiming to be their friends, and aimed to deal with issues around mate crime.  Includes a useful easy read guide - 'Friend or Fake?'

Easy Read information about Keeping Safe From the BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) a useful easy read guide with links.

Internet Watch Foundation UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content.

Other Help - below are some contacts that can help answer questions or worries you may have.  Many offer free and confidential advice. Click on the title of the organisation to go to their website.

Choicesupport offer Supported Loving Service 'For people with learning disabilities, finding love is often more than just chemistry – it can come down to getting the right support from your staff.'  They have a good Easy Read guide to transgender issues and have produced a series of guides to help support people with learning disabilities with issues around sex and relationships.

ChildLine Call free 0800 1111 free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Bullying UK Call free 0808 800 2222 helpline for children and young people.

NAPAC NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.  They are a registered charity, based in the UK, providing support and information for people abused in childhood.  If you were abused as a child and are looking for support they may be able to help.

ChangingPlaces Publish an online map of public toilets in the UK including those with disability friendly 'Changing Places'.

NHS Choices Some useful advice about masturbation.

Learning Disability Today Helpful article about Mate Crime.

Women's Health Concern Provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women about their health concerns including a helpline 0845 123 2319 and email advice.  A good source for useful advice about periods and menopause.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust 0808 802 8000 'The Smear Test Film' is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate Learning Disabilities.

Respond 0808 808 0700 Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others.

Care for the Family Offer family orientated advice and information.

Scope Disability organisation for people with cerebral palsy.  Includes advice and interesting blogs.

Love for Life Has an extensive range of resources and links to help young people who wish to choose the best time for their first sexual experiences.

For skin care issues Acne advice from NHS Choices is a good starting point with some useful information.

The Site Useful range of teen based information including advice about visiting a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

LivingAutism Call free 0800 756 2420 LivingAutism is an excellent one stop shop for autism related information.

Autism Links User friendly website that lists a range of useful resources and contacts.

Action for Children Supporting the UK's most vulnerable children for as long as it takes.

Action for Asperger’s useful site full of information on asperger's and autism.

Anti Bullying Alliance Resources for schools to tackle bullying of disabled people, training for professionals.

Counseling Directory Connecting you with professional support.

Relationships and Private Stuff Australian based counselling service also produces very useful photo kit to support carers, counsellors and trainers in discussions with and education of people with disability.

Care for the Family Offer family orientated advice and information.

Contraception Education Limited Useful site with detailed information about contraception.

Barnardos The children's charity

The Ann Craft Trust UK based organisation working with staff in the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors to protect people who may at risk from abuse.

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) support and information for people abused in childhood 0800 085 3330.

Focus on Disability Advice - information - contacts (useful UK based resource site).

The Institute of Independent Living Good site for learning disability based information and resources.

TeenNow California's Blog Useful info for those based in USA.

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain Available to download for free.

Cinema Exhibitors Association Free cinema tickets for disabled people - a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

Max Card Designed to make days out more financially accessible for foster families and families of children with additional needs.

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