Founded in 1991, Respond is a national charity providing therapy and specialist support services to people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced abuse, violence or trauma.

We are committed to bringing about positive change for our clients and their families, enabling them to lead richer and more resilient lives.

We provide a range of trauma-informed services for children, young people, adults and professionals. These include psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support services which aim to prevent abuse and equip individuals and their families to come to terms with their experiences and live more positive lives.

We also provide specialist training, supervision, reflective practice and consultancy to equip agencies and providers in developing and delivering trauma-informed services.

Mission Statement

To bring about positive change that enables people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced abuse, violence or trauma to live richer, more resilient lives.


Respond’s work is guided by our core values of respect, user participation, openness and honesty.


Respect because we value all our clients as individuals in their own right and see the whole person. We treat our clients with courtesy and listen to them with care and attention.

User participation

User participation because we believe that the lived experience and opinions of our clients are core to our work.


Openness because we believe in sharing knowledge and learning and are open to new ideas and ways of working. We are open to giving and receiving feedback on any aspect of our organisation to enable us to improve our services.


Honesty because we only promise what we feel we can deliver, we take responsibility for our actions and decisions, we seek to instil confidence in our clients, customers and staff and are clear in our communications.

Rachel’s Story:

healing the hurt of sexual exploitation through therapy

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the coronavirus situation our offices in London and Birmingham are closed until further notice and staff are working from home.

We are still here and continuing to connect virtually with everyone who needs us.

This is an anxious time for everyone. Even though this is happening all over the world, the impact of it is not equal for everyone. It can be especially frightening for people with learning disabilities and or autism and their families because routines and support will have changed, visits by family are being stopped, people can feel very isolated.

People are not always being treated or thought about in an equal way to others. All of this means that it is more important than ever to be connected to people who can listen and be supportive.

We are still open and accepting referrals to our therapy services:


We are also developing new ways to support you during this difficult time so keep watching this space. The ideas we are considering include a facilitated virtual support group for parents, a creative support group for young people and some video resources on managing our wellbeing during this time.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further how we could support you at or telephone our main office number to have a chat.

We are regularly reviewing and complying with the official guidance from the following bodies:

Overview from NHS UK: Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Latest information and Advice from GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID 19)