The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is a national charity which exists to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. Through pioneering training, practice reviews and contributing to world-leading research, we support organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise the risk of harm.

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.

Everyone deserves to be safe.

Pioneering Training

Our training is developed based on our research findings and the latest guidance. We have also been involved in the development of new and innovative training for professionals across the UK.

Find out more about our training.

World-Leading Research

Our research is dedicated to key issues affecting disabled children, young people and adults at risk. We have worked with the Forced Marriage Unit, Department of Health and many other organisations on research into many areas, including:

  • Forced marriage
  • Child sexual abuse (CSE)
  • Domestic abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Disability hate crime

Find out more about our research projects and publications.

Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Improvements

Our research into practices in the care of disabled children and adults at risk have led to improvements to prevent, recognise and report abuse across the UK.

Our Whistleblowing project, for example, explored the ethical and practical dilemmas of whistleblowing and how we can encourage and protect those who expose abuse of people with learning disabilities.

We have also helped many organisations over the last 25 years to review and improve their safeguarding practices.

Find out more about our reviews and audits.