Who we are

A national charity that draws on 27 years’ experience


Respond is a national charity that draws on 27 years’ experience of bringing 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. We achieve this through a range of evidence-based trauma-informed services for children, young people, adults and professionals. These services include psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support that aim to both prevent abuse and equip individuals and their families to come to terms with their experiences and live more positive lives.

Additionally, we achieve our mission by providing unique specialist training, supervision, reflective practice, professional development and consultancy services to equip agencies and providers to deliver trauma informed services within trauma informed team and organisation cultures.

Respond’s award winning services are based on the theories that underpin our model of psychotherapy, such as psychodynamic, attachment and traumagenic theories. All services have developed their own specific Theory of Change against which we are further developing our measurement and recording of the outcomes people achieve, their journeys and stories, community impact and satisfaction with our services.

We are members of VODG and the Provider Taskforce.

Respond audited accounts for 2017-2018 on the Charity Commission website: Download Here


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