External resources for journalists

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 rosemary.douce@ipso.co.uk

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.

Childhood abuse

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.

Media guidelines
Website
media@napac.org.uk or phone 020 3096 7645

Data Protection

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).

Media guidelines 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.

Compliance Enquiries or phone 0303 123 1113

Main website

Defence and security 

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. 

Secretary@dsma.uk (24/7 contact) or phone 020 7218 2206
Website

Domestic abuse

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.

Website
press@womensaid.org.uk or phone 0207 566 2511

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.

Website
press@refuge.org.uk or phone 0207 395 7731. Out of hours and weekend press enquiries only 07970 894240

Solace Women’s Aid is the leading specialist charity in London supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Website
media@solacewomensaid.org or phone 0207 619 1350 

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.

Media guidelines
media@welevelup.org or phone 07922 899 274
Website

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.

Resources
Website
info@onroadmedia.org.uk or phone 020 3559 6764

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.

Website
press@victimsupport.org.uk or phone 020 7268 0202 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Mental health

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.

Media guidelines
Website
media@mind.org.uk or phone 020 8522 1743. Out of hours media enquiries on 07850 788514

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.

Media resources
Website
mediateam@sane.org.uk or phone 020 3805 1751. Out-of-hours media enquiries: 07718 735 121

People affected by crime

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.

Website
press@victimsupport.org.uk or phone 020 7268 0202 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

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.

Website
zoe.westwood@victimsupportsco.org.uk or phone 0131 662 5405 or 07881 289 740

Religion 

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.

Website
info@religionmediacentre.org.uk or phone 0203 970 0709

Reporting Daesh

The Global Coalition against Daesh is an organisation committed to degrading and ultimately defeating Daesh. They have produced media guidelines for reporting on Daesh.

Guidelines 
Website

Sudden infant death

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.

Media guidelines
Website
communications@lullabytrust.org.uk or phone 0207 802 3202

Suicide prevention

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.

Media guidelines
Website
mediaadvice@samaritans.org or phone the media advice team on 020 8394 8377

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Media guidelines
Website
pressoffice@papyrus-uk.org or phone Rosemary Vaux on 020 8943 5343 or 07799 863 321

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.

Website
press@thecalmzone.net

Survivors of sexual offences

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

Website
media@rapecrisis.org.uk

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.

Website
info@survivorsuk.org or phone 020 3598 3898

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.

Website
info@thesurvivorstrust.org or phone 01788 550554

Transgender matters

All About Trans is an On Road Media project positively changing how the media understands and portrays transgender and/or non-binary people.

Media resources
Website
info@onroadmedia.org.uk or phone 020 3559 6763