The following lists organisations that offer guidance and advice for journalists and other media resources, along with numbers of press offices, which you may find useful for articles you are writing on a variety of topics.
It is not an exhaustive list and we hope the page will grow organically as we become aware of new or other resources which may be of interest to journalists. If you are an organisation, and would like information to be featured on this page, please contact Standards Officer Rosemary Douce at email@example.com
Journalists are not obliged to follow these guidelines, which are separate to the Editors' Code of Practice but may find it useful to do so when reporting on sensitive and challenging issues.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a national charity which offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. It regulates data protection legislation in the UK, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).
Please note, the guidance for journalists has not been updated since the GDPR and DPA 2018 became law. The ICO is currently writing a new Data Protection and Journalism code of practice, which will replace this guidance once it is complete.
or phone 0303 123 1113
The DSMA-Notice System provides advice and guidance to the media about defence and security information, the publication or broadcast of which would damage national security, the Critical National Infrastructure or endanger lives. The system is voluntary and has no legal authority. The final responsibility for publishing or broadcasting rests solely with the editor, journalist or publisher concerned.
Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They run a 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline in partnership with Refuge.
Refuge is a national charity supporting those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, “honour” based violence, forced marriage, FGM, human trafficking and modern slavery, as well as some men escaping domestic violence. They run a 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline in partnership with Women’s Aid.
Solace Women’s Aid is the leading specialist charity in London supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Level Up is a feminist community working to challenge sexism in culture and media. Working with victims' families, Level Up are helping to improve the way domestic violence is reported in the media through campaigns, resources and training.
Angles – A Different Take on Sexual and Domestic Abuse is an On Road Media project that brings media influencers together with people with experience of sexual violence and domestic abuse, and/or who work in the sector, promoting new content and a better understanding of the issues.
Victim Support is a charity in England and Wales which supports people who have been affected by a crime or traumatic event. They are one of the biggest providers of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) services across England and Wales.
Mind is a national charity which provides help and support to people with mental health problems. Mind comment on breaking news and can provide interviews, case studies and information on their latest news and campaigns. Mind also provide tips on how to report on mental health.
SANE is a UK mental health charity which operates a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Victim Support is a charity in England and Wales which supports people who have been affected by a crime or traumatic event. They also offer specialist services for those affected by terror attacks.
Victim Support Scotland is a Scottish charity which supports people who have been affected by a crime. Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of their services, VSS is unable to provide information or comment on individual cases, nor can they comment on court decisions.
Religion Media Centre is an impartial independent organisation helping journalists to cover religion. They can provide background information and commentators. The website has fact sheets and they also offer training for journalists.
The Global Coalition against Daesh is an organisation committed to degrading and ultimately defeating Daesh. They have produced media guidelines for reporting on Daesh.
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
Samaritans is national charity which provides 24/7 emotional support to people who are in distress or feeling suicidal. Samaritans also offers pre-print advice service and training on suicide reporting for journalists.
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. They advise using the Samaritans’ media guidelines if you are writing a story about suicide.
Rape Crisis England & Wales is the umbrella body for a network of Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. These are women-led and offer support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe space. Some provide separate space for male sexual violence survivors
SurvivorsUK is a UK organisation supporting men who have experienced both childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault/rape. They are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that they are the right fit for them.
The Survivors Trust is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations which provide support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland.
All About Trans is an On Road Media project positively changing how the media understands and portrays transgender and/or non-binary people.