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 we have resources for children and young people and adults that may help:

Children and young people

'Safeguarding Young People on the Autism Spectrum' resource pack cover - icon of people at a table and spectrum design

Safeguarding Young People on the Autism Spectrum - a resource from the National Autistic Society, supported by the Department for Education.





Safeguarding autistic children training module

Safeguarding autistic children on the internet

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

Family Rights Group Child protection procedures


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
Criminal justice

Last reviewed: 16 July 2019.