Keep Safe


Keep Safe Website News (update November 2021)

Keep Safe is a manualised intervention for young people, 12 years and over, with learning disabilities who display harmful sexual behaviours.

The Keep Safe development and its feasibility trial (2014-2016) was led by a collaborative of practitioners and researchers and an Advisory Group of people from the learning disabilities community. It was hosted by the Tizard Centre with support of a social justice grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation based on a bid developed by SOTSEC-ID (young Sex Offender Treatment Services Collaborative-Intellectual Disabilities) which started meeting in 2012 to develop an earlier intervention. The majority of men attending adult SOTSEC-ID groups had started displaying harmful/illegal sexual behaviours in their teens.

Keep Safe recognises the developmental needs and stages of adolescents and their families and carers, is strengths-based, contextual and systemic. There is more information on Keep Safe development in Malovic, Rossiter & Murphy, 2018 and in the Keep Safe intro powerpoint.

The first Keep Safe public training and manual launch were co-ordinated in Bristol in 2017 by the Be Safe Service who had played a massive role in the Keep Safe development and feasibility trial and secured additional funding from Avon & Somerset Police Commissioner, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust and Safer Bristol Partnership.

Since our first Keep Safe training, we have held 12 more – 4 in London, 4 in Avon and Wiltshire, 1 each in Glasgow, the Tizard Centre University of Kent and Tokyo, Japan and 3 online trainings (1 commissioned by Gwent, S. Wales) from late 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to postponement of 3 training events, including a ‘Train the Trainers’.

Over 250 practitioners have now been trained, from children and young people’s services including CAMHS/CAMHS-LD, education, police, probation, social care, Youth Justice Services/Teams, as well as voluntary and community sector and private providers from across the UK and internationally (Iceland and Japan).

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Keep Safe Advisory Group of people from the learning disabilities community

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Some of the Keep Safe training team

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Delegates and co-facilitators at London Keep Safe Training Oct 2018

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Keep Safe training group activity, Glasgow. NOTA Scotland

Keep Safe training group activity, Japan 2019

Celebrating completion of Keep Safe training, Japan


Ro Rossiter and Nicola Smith at EbE and Psychologist collaboration conference,Dec 2018, Bristol

Aida Malovic, Keep Safe Development and ResearchAssistant/PhD student at WCBCT (World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies), 2019 Berlin

Other dissemination:

Keep Safe posters at conferences of British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Children, Young people and their Families, Challenging Behaviour Foundation, World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies and British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology -Our journey together: people with learning disabilities and clinical psychologists in partnership.


  • Malovic, A., Rossiter, R. & Murphy, G.H. 2018. Keep Safe: the development of a manualised group CBT intervention for adolescents with ID who display harmful sexual behaviours. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol 9, 1, pp 49-58.
  • Wake, A., Davies, J., Drake, C., Rowbotham, M., Smith, N. and Rossiter, R. (2020) Keep Safe: collaborative practice development and research with people with learning disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability Review. pp. 173-180. doi: 10.1108/TLDR-12-2019-0040
  • Paper reporting results of the Keep Safe feasibility study and early training is nearly complete.
  • Keep Safe Practice Summary in ‘Promising Practice’, European collaborative including BILD and ARC, launched/published at HOPE (Helping Ourselves Prevent Exploitation) international conference, Birmingham, June 2019.

Research: We are continuing to seek funds for a briefer, preventive version- Keep Safe 4 All in view of learning to date and the introduction of the new RSE curriculum. a larger evaluation of Keep safe and for We are considering the implications of COVID-19 on delivery as well as training and plan to host a webinar on this.

Training: The next Keep Safe training will be online on 2 consecutive Weds 19 and Thurs 20 April 2023; 9.30am – 4:00pm (with 3 x 90 minute follow-up group consultation sessions, dates tbc).

Further information and a booking form can be found here.

The cost for the 2 day training, electronic manual and resources, 3 follow-up consultation groups is £350.00 per person. Pairs or groups of staff from the same service are encouraged to support implementation – there is a discount for groups.

For further information and a booking form contact the Course Administrator: who is part of the Bristol-based Be Safe Service and their NHS Trust, AWP, who are organising this Keep Safe training.

Email our assistant on to be added to our email list for information of other forthcoming Keep Safe training and ‘train the trainers’ for those already trained in Keep Safe and experienced in its delivery.

Key national documents have continued to recognise the lack of research and practice specifically with children and young people with learning disabilities who display harmful sexual behaviour that we have been highlighting, including:

With the mandatory Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) being introduced in September 2020, there should be more opportunities to develop appropriate, safe knowledge and skills which have the potential to reduce HSB.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Curriculum available at: and the SEND planning framework for this at:

Other useful resources and webinars are available at: ” for:

  • the framework developed with support from DfE/DH to deliver a comprehensive PSHE scheme that covers the new statutory content (much of this is incorporated in Keep Safe).
  • Downloading slides, seeing video presentations from ‘Relationships, Sex and Health Education for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities’ webinar

Supported Loving- children and young people with ID/LD related webinars:

  • Webinar 11 Relationships and sexuality education sessions for parents Kate Reynolds, mother to two young people on the autism spectrum – one with epilepsy and the other with learning disabilities – and a researcher/author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Webinar 13 Delivering RSE for people with complex needs – Helen Dunman, a teacher at Chailey Heritage Foundation, shares her years of experience delivering relationship and sex education (RSE) to people with multiple and profound learning disabilities

References and resources list: we are in the process of updating this. A revised list should be available in early January