Discussion support tools

Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse vocabulary

This vocabulary was developed based on:

  • literature,
  • current projects and examples of communication aids across the world and
  • using feedback from stakeholder consultations throughout the project from 2015-2020

The vocabulary was used to develop the Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse multi-level communication book, which is  available for purchase at the Scope Shop. Preview the Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse Multilevel communication book through the links below.

Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse multilevel communication book part 1 (to view only)

Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse multilevel communication book part 2 (to view only)


Adapting your communication resources to suit different communication styles - a guide

This guide offers ideas and strategies that can be used help customise the way that a communication resource is presented or used so that it suits individual communication styles. Recommendations are given for adapting the environment, as well as adapting the resource itself. 

Download a guide to adapting a communication aid to suit communication styles


Download and print record sheet

The record sheet was designed to support the communication partner take notes about their conversation with a person with communication difficulties. It is important for staff and other support people to ask permission to use this form, as it may be used later for investigating a report of abuse.

Record sheet (PDF - 849KB)


Easy English resource- mandatory reporting 

This resource can be used at the beginning of a conversation addressing abuse and neglect to help the conversation partner to understand mandatory reporting responsibilities.

Privacy and mandatory reporting - Easy English Resource



You can display the posters in services and settings where people with communication difficulties receive support. This may include areas such as hallways or the staff office. The posters are aimed to:

  • raise awareness of the ways we can support people with communication difficulties to speak up and be safe from abuse
  • support people to learn, use and possibly recognise key words signs/gestures individuals may use to speak up.

Key Word Sign Poster (PDF - 400KB)