Autistic people may be at higher risk of being abused than other people. It can also be more difficult to detect they are being abused.

This may be because autistic people can have limited speech, struggle to communicate and find it difficult to identify their emotions. They may also demonstrate that they are being abused by a change in behaviour

Here are resources that may help:

Children and young people

Safeguarding autistic children training module

Safeguarding autistic children on the internet

Safeguarding autistic children

SPEAK UP Publications

Protecting disabled children: thematic inspection

Autism Toolbox Internet safety

The Underwear Rule

Special Needs Jungle Teaching social context to children with autism and why it’s vital for safeguarding

Adults

Safeguarding and Total Attachment

Adult safeguarding: e-learning course SCIE

Sharing information SCIE

Beyond Words I Can Get Through It, Jenny Speaks Out, Finding a Safe Place from Abuse and Bob Tells All.

The traffic life game

Further help from our charity

Mental capacity act
Sex education and puberty
Bullying
Criminal justice

Last reviewed: 30 May 2017.