Published 13th September 2021 by

“Tricky Friends” is a short animation developed by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) to help people with learning disabilities and autism to understand what good friendships are, when they might be harmful, and what they can do.

NSAB have had 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. NSAB want to help them 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.

To view the animation or find out more please go to