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Keeping safe

People with disabilities are more vulnerable than others to experiencing bullying, harassment or hate crime.

Devon and Cornwall Police have made a series of films for adults at risk about staying safe at home, in the community and when out and about. The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) website contains a variety of easy read resources about keeping safe.

The Safe Places scheme helps people with learning disabilities if they feel anxious or they are faced with verbal abuse, bullying, or harassment when out in the community. The scheme provides them with a ‘safe place’ to go.

Mencap provide advice, tips and resources to help people with learning disabilities stay safe. This includes internet safety, staying safe at school and when out and about.

Living Options Devon can offer support and advice to disabled people who have been victims of a crime.

There’s more information in our support for adults section about keeping safe including advice on how to stay safe at home.

Reporting abuse

If you see, hear or suspect that an adult may be at risk of abuse or harassment, you must tell someone about it. If they are in immediate danger contact the police on 999. Otherwise, contact Care Direct on 0345 155 1007 or email

Care Direct is open to take calls from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. If an emergency situation happens outside these hours or on a bank holiday, contact the Emergency Duty Service on 0345 6000 388.

The Mencap website contains more information about what you should do if you have safeguarding concerns for both adults and children.

Find services, groups and clubs in Devon on the Pinpoint website

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Find advice on how to stay healthy and well on the OneSmallStep website

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