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Tricky Friends animation

"Tricky Friends" is a short animation developed by NSAB to help people to understand what good friendships are, when they might be harmful, and what they can do.

Over the last few years, NSAB have had a number of discussions with groups and organisations in Norfolk who support people with learning disabilities and autism, about how to raise awareness of issues like exploitation, county lines, cuckooing.

It is important that people with learning disabilities and autism, those who have cognitive difficulties, and also children and young adults, have positive opportunities to make and maintain friendships. We want to help them to to do this, to reduce the risk of harm and exploitation in groups who may be less able to recognise the intentions of others. 

NSAB hope this animation is used as a way to help people to think about the issues, to start those conversations, and keep them safer while enjoying friendships.

It is only 3 minutes long, and can be used with or by anyone - carers, family, organisations, groups.

Its also been adapted for children and young people, and there's now a version in Ukrainian for those working with refugee families and vulnerable adults.


The Local Government Association has shared some case studies demonstrating how people with a learning disability and autistic people can be supported to develop connections and friendships.




We had a very successful launch of the video - here are some photos from the Dereham Community Hub.

(NB: photos shared with the permission of the people involved)

4 people standing holding laptop with Tricky Friends animation showing

Dereham Community Hub 2021

Dereham Community Hub Aug 2021 7


 people looking at an animation on a laptop screen