Staying Safe in General & Online

It is important you are sensible, alert and protect yourself against risks both online and out and about. 

Online you must be careful who your friends are for example just because someone asks to be your friend on social media does not mean you should let them. You must only be friends with people you know and trust. Online you must consider privacy and the sorts of information you share. Social media is very public.

You must never share personal information like:

Bank account details for example your pin, name of your bank,

Passwords for anything 

Do not tell people personal details about you like where you live, your date of birth  

If you are not sure if you should share a piece of personal information- don't 

Be aware just because someone is 'friends' with you online this alone does not mean they are 'friends'. Friendships take lots of time to develop and online is not a true reflection of life and day to day reality.

Be very careful with the pictures you share-think would I want an employer or a professional like your teacher or doctor to see them? If they are online you loose control of them and anyone could use or see them. Think is the image appropriate?  Is it sensible? Is it embarrassing? Are there other people in the photo who may not want their photo online?

Tell people you trust like family if anything upsets you. If people upset you online do not be friends with them. Make sure you understand how to block people and how to set privacy settings. Get someone to show you and ask if you are stuck. There is help from the resources on this page. Also report any inappropriate or offensive content. Ask someone if you do not know how too.    

Another issue you may experience due to your disability is bullying. Lots of people experience bulling like at school and it can be due to many different factors. If bulling is due to your disability then it is often referred to as a disability hate crime. Bullying can be very upsetting and isolating on here you will find resources to help you deal with bullying, do not suffer in silence, get help.

In terms of general safety when going out always let someone you trust know where you are going, always take a phone and some money, plan what you will be doing like know the bus times. Tell someone you trust who you are meeting and when you will be back. Do not agree to meet people you do not know. If you have any problems ask for help like from a professional e.g a police man or a public place like ask the librarian at the library and look out for the Safer Places stickers in the community which are safe places you can ask for help.Do not be out alone when it is late or dark. Also do not tell people you do not know well when you will for example be on holiday or out.   

BBC learn English Stay safe online video

Mencap staying safe resources

Beyond Bullying is a good site for resources to help those with disabilities who are experiencing bullying due to disabilities/SEN. The site includes a range of easy read keep safe information about bullying and about different aspects of online safety, cyber bullying and advice to keep safe. It also includes more detailed information to help young people with disabilities who experience bullying due to being deaf

 Mencap have a anti Bullying Campaign called Don’t Stick it Stop it!. They have a website with information about bullying including information on workplace bullying and cyber bullying. The site is aimed at those with learning disabilities and difficulties of all ages who may experience being bullied

True Vision Disability Hate Crime Reporting book easy read explains disability hate crime and what to do about it

United Response have an easy read booklet on What to do if you feel bullied

United Response have an easy read Reporting Disability Hate Crime so you can more easy explain what happened if you have learning difficulties for example but feel you have experienced Disability Hate Crime/felt bullied due to your disability or special needs

Safe in the home Devon and Cornwell Police and Plymouth City Council Safeguarding Adults and Plymouth People First Self Advocacy created a video to promote safety in the home especially for adults who are vulnerable or have learning difficulties.

Staying safe online from the Mental Health Foundation see

Keeping safe on line Guide for people with Learning disabilities from Change People

Keeping safe information from BIlD

Trading standards (Kent) easy read comprehensions for life skills covering lots of consumer issues that are very useful for independent adult life at E3 level Includes shopping rights,social media, fire safety, scams, crime, labels and more see

Safeguarding Easy Read comprehensive yet simple leaflets from Newham Council on topics that include adult abuse, hate crime keeping safe at home and out and about, keeping safe on transport and more from the Met police

Change People Keeping Safe Easy read

Safety Net have produced an easy read resource about disability hate crime and mate crime to help people those with learning difficulties aware of the dangers, able to spot the signs and help keep them

The Safe places scheme is intended to provide reassurance to people with autism or learning disability or other vulnerabilities that should they find themselves in a difficult situation and feel at risk these organisations in the community for examples shops displaying the logo are places people with Autism or learning difficulties can go to find help and support

What to expect if you have to call 999 because of an emergency and what they will need a video from the London Ambulance service. you should only call 999 in a emergency such as a life threatening situation at other times use other help like 111 or your GP or visit A and E

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have produced a general any 999 emergency Operator Role Play

Here is a video from the Brandon Trust that should help with your understanding of disability hate crime/disability bulling. It has been acted out by people with learning disabilities from the Brandon Trust