Teaching vulnerable people to keep safe from crime
Jenna Spink Assistant psychologist, North Somerset Community Team for People with a Learning Disability
John Steward Consultant clinical psychologist, North Somerset Community Team for People with a Learning Disability
A group was set up in which members were educated about potentially dangerous situations and how to manage them. Jenna Spink and John Steward evaluate its success
The media has recently reported high-profile cases of people with a learning disability being taken advantage of or victimised by people they know or consider friends. This has been dubbed ‘mate crime’ (
This study outlines the development, delivery and evaluation of a small-scale pilot group intervention related to keeping people with a learning disability safe. Group members reported finding the group helpful and enjoyable and said it improved their safety. It was, however, hard to draw strong conclusions. The study is a starting point and more work needs to take place.
Learning Disability Practice. 14, 5,30-33. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.06.14.5.30.c8562