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This section of the site provides information on preventing, recognising and responding to cruelty and harassment of people with learning disabilities.

  • Supportive Communities: Promoting best practice in bringing communities together.
  • Types of incidents: Defining the problem; the types of cruelty faced by people with learning disabilities.
  • Safeguarding: Safeguarding procedures, recording and sharing information and monitoring risk.
  • Supporting: Encouraging incident reporting and supporting victims and witnesses.
  • Criminal action: Police and prosecutors taking action to deal with criminal offending.
  • Civil action: Housing organisations and local authorities taking action on incidents using civil powers.
  • Resources: Good practice and problem-solving examples, serious-case reviews, policy documents, research, templates and Easy-Read resources.

Foundation publications

ActionAgainstCruelty is based on ongoing research into the lives and experiences of people with learning disabilities. Here you can access the research reports that have helped to shape the site. 

 Re-imagine: improving access to the arts, galleries and museums for people with learning disabilities (2015)


Loneliness and Cruelty: People with learning disabilities and their experience of harassment, abuse and related crime in the community (2012)


Create-ability: the changing meaning of art and artistry (2011)



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