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from hurting to healing

Who we are

Respond exists in order to: lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities their families and supporters.


Formed in 1991 , Respond receives some core funding from the Department of Health and accepts referrals from PCTs, Local Authories and other various Social Service departments.


Our staff are multi-skilled and we pride ourselves on our ability to help individuals with complex needs to come to terms with their experiences. Psychotherapy is at the heart of our work at Respond and we pride ourselves on our ability to work with both the individual in treatment and with their network of supporters.


What we do

We aim to make a real difference to people with learning disabilities by providing effective and flexible support to help them to improve their lives.


Our services include:

-          Psychotherapy (individual & group) and assessments for adults.


-          Sexually harmful behaviour services for young people.


-          Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) is a group of trained volunteers who meet on a regular basis with a young learning disabled person with sexually harmful behaviour who is living in the community. These aim to prevent child sexual abuse by: Helping the person to maintain responsibility and accountability; Reducing risk and vulnerability; Helping the young person to live positively and safely in their community.


-          Therapeutic services for children and young people with learning disabilities (aged 5 – 25) and their families, both at the Respond clinic and in community venues such as schools.


-          Community-based Forensic Services

Most people referred to Respond's community-based forensic services have experienced some form of abuse or neglect and gone on to abuse others. They may also have worrying sexualised behaviours


-          Winterbourne View Helpline & Services


-          The Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) -  Fully subsidised by the Home Office the ISVA supports those victims/survivors of sexual violence with learning disabilities through the judicial process, whether or not the case goes to court, whether a recent or historic assault.


-          Training


-          Policy and Campaigns


-          Consultancy


-          Clinical Supervision


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Donate now!

Respond is a charity and relies on the generosity of private donations and funders.


There are different ways to donate. To see the options click here.


If you would like to talk to someone about your donation please contact the office manager on 020 7383 0700


Finding Us

3rd Floor
24-32 Stephenson Way