This section is for journalists and publishers who are looking for guidance and resources on specific issues. It includes guidance produced by IPSO on how the Editors' Code applies to different topics as well as resources from external organisations which are separate to the Editors' Code but may be helpful when reporting on sensitive or challenging topics.
IPSO offers editors and journalists from regulated publishers non-binding advice on the Editors’ Code or the public interest, if they have any concerns about articles prior to publication. Complaints Officers can be contacted to discuss Code issues during office hours via 0300 123 2220. Out of hours, where necessary, a Complaints Officer on duty can be contacted via 07799 903 929.
We can support all regulated publishers, large or small, with bespoke newsroom training on the Editors’ Code and how to handle complaints effectively for editors, managers and for journalists.
Our training provides more information about IPSO, explains our complaints process, and highlights key decisions by the Complaints Committee, so that editors and journalists can understand how IPSO approaches difficult issues.
For more information, or to arrange training, contact Jane Debois, Head of Standards and Regulation.
IPSO guidance explains how the Code applies to particular issues. It does not replace or supersede the Editors’ Code, but is designed to support editors and journalists reporting on particular issues. It does not limit or restrict editorial decision making, but may inform that decision making.
The following organisations offer guidance and advice for journalists and other media resources, along with numbers of press offices, which you may find useful for a variety of topics. 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 topics.
The Centre for Ageing Better and the Older People's Commissioner for Wales have produced guidance on reflecting the experiences of older people.
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 Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is a ministerial department which provides legal advice and support to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers) who give legal advice to government.
or phone 020 72712465 / 2440 / 2516 (Out of hours: 07548 212146) If you have an urgent media enquiry out of office hours, please contact the duty press officer. This number does not accept text messages.
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.
Level Up is a feminist community working to challenge sexism in culture and media. Working with victims' families, Level Up aim to improve the way domestic violence is reported in the media through campaigns, resources and training.
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.
Solace Women’s Aid is the leading specialist charity in London supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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.
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children and is a federation of just under 170 organisations which provide local lifesaving services to women and children across the country. Support services include the Live Chat Helpline and the Survivors’ Forum, and the charity provides media training and guidance to journalists.
Zero Tolerance is a Scottish charity organisation committed to ending violence against women through tackling gender inequality. They work proactively with the media and have a variety of resources that can help journalists and editors.
Travellers' Times has produced a press pack to support journalists.
National AIDS Trust is the UK’s HIV rights charity. They work to stop HIV from standing in the way of health, dignity and equality, and to end new HIV transmissions.
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.
The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the independent regulator of the UK’s architects. Their information pack contains advice on how to accurately and correctly describe how architects are regulated in the UK.
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 Buddhist Society is the oldest Buddhist organisation in the UK and provides a range of classes and courses from all the major Buddhist traditions throughout the Buddhist world, as well as instruction in Buddhist meditation and daily life practice. It also holds a subsidised annual residential Summer School.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is a national umbrella body for Muslim organisations in Britain. It is the UK’s largest and most diverse Muslim representative umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) is a registered charity that links more than 130 UK gurdwaras and other UK Sikh organisations in active cooperation to enhance the image and understanding of Sikhism in the UK.
The Sikh Press Association works to represent the Sikh Community and provide accurate multimedia content for the mainstream media globally.
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 Science Media Centre is an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines. They produce a number of publications aimed at journalists including factsheets and briefing notes produced in consultation with top scientists and specialist media professionals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
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. In August 2020 they launched revised guidelines and an online hub of resources.
a practical resource for journalists and journalism educators to assist in reporting suicide responsibly. It embeds global media reporting guidelines on suicide within journalism practice.
All About Trans is an On Road Media project positively changing how the media understands and portrays transgender and/or non-binary people.