Respond exists in order to: lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities their families and supporters.
They do this through providing psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities, advice and support for staff and families, training for carers and professionals, education for people with learning disabilities, influencing generic services in order to make their services accessible, influencing learning disability services to consider the psychological impact of living with learning disabilities, undertaking research and disseminating the findings. Formed in 1991, Respond receives some core funding from the Department of Health and accepts referrals from PCTs, Local Authorities and other various Social Service departments.
Recent funders include: Comic Relief, the Home Offices Victim Fund, The Lloyds TSB Foundation For England and Wales, BBC Children in Need and the Big Lottery.
They aim to make a real difference to people with learning disabilities by providing effective and flexible support to help them to improve their lives.Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support. Respond also aims to prevent abuse by providing training, consultancy and research