The Underwear Rule – for children with Autism

The National Autistic Society (NAS) in conjunction with the NSPCC have created a version of the NSPCC’s campaign entitled The Underwear Rule especially for parents of autistic children.

The campaign aims to arm parents with the information and knowledge in order to teach their children who are on the autistic spectrum  about sexual abuse.

Research has found that children who are disabled are three times more likely to be victims of  abuse. The NAS and NSPCC are encouraging parents to talk openly with their children about PANTS, which is described below.


‘Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help’

Director of The National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, Carol Povey, said:

“Children living with autism often have social difficulties which can make them more vulnerable to abuse than their peers. They may find it harder to interpret other people’s motivations or struggle to recognise situations in which they are being taken advantage of.”

For further information about the No Underwear Rule campaign please visit the NAS website here

The  NSPCC Underwear Rule campaign can be found on their website here