New easy read materials with advice for people with learning disabilities on how to stay safe, at home, out and about and on the internet


As you know, here at Elf towers our aim is to bring you the published evidence in supporting people with learning disabilities, but occasionally we will also draw your attention to practice tools and resources that we think might help improving people’s lives. Today, we wanted to draw your attention to some materials produced in Essex by the Safeguarding Adults Board there.

The No Secrets Guidance on multi-agency responses for the protection of vulnerable adults from abuse produced in 2000 clearly set out the responsibilities of local Vulnerable Adult Protection boards which included among a range of other responsibilities, looking at ways to improve local working in light of knowledge gained through national and local experience and research, and to make sure lessons are acted upon

The board in Essex have worked with a range of local stakeholders to produce a range of materials to help people with learning disabilities keep safe.

The ‘Think Safe’ materials include a range of easy read booklets with advice and guidance, and there is also a DVD that can be used by people who do not read.

There are four booklets you can download as pdf documents by clicking on the links below:

How to stay safe when you are out and about

How to stay safe when you are at home

About Disability Hate Crime

How to stay safe on The Internet
You can also get more information about the project from the Essex Safeguarding Board website


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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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