ARC England update from Lisa Lenton

Us Too logoAn update for you this week about our Us Too project, a user-led set of peer education workshops and training for professionals about domestic abuse and learning disability/autism. 

Initial evaluation suggests that the training is going well and we are hopeful that we will be able to work with domestic abuse services in Devon and Cornwall in the autumn, supporting them to become more accessible to girls and women a with learning disability and/or autumn; and after that disseminate project learning nationally.

We are well on our way to making some staff training for social care providers available online, scheduled for June/July, with pilots being arranged with Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council – please get in touch with Project Lead Rod Landman if you have services in those areas.
Read our full Us Too project update > 

ARC Member Conference CallsARC England logo
This week's call featured updates and discussion about the need for specific learning disability and autism guidance, funding requirements and what the future might look like for members. The ARC team and I will be taking these issues forward and we will report back to our members on any developments.

The next ARC conference call is on Wednesday 27th May 2.30-3.30pm. Email your questions to Liz Collins at

Our members are learning disability and autism social care organisations and their ARC England benefits include regular sector updates, weekly member conference calls, training and DBS discounts. 
If you aren't a member yet check out our membership benefits and join today.
Coronavirus News

Kings Fund Social Care 360 screenshotState of the sector: Kings Fund social care 360 review for the year 2018/19 
The Kings Fund have published their social care 360 review for the year 2018/19 outlining the state of the sector before the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic struck. 
Read the full report >

Immigration bill shows UK ministers value strawberries more than people needing social care
Covid-19 has shown how essential care workers are, but Tory policy suggests they’re less important than fruit pickers, writes care worker Karolina Gerlich.
Read the full story at The Guardian >

Social care due to be tackled before pandemic hit
The new and terrible pressures of the coronavirus crisis have exposed just how fragile the system that's meant to look after the most vulnerable really is. And we can reveal now some important clues about what ministers were planning to do before the crisis really hit home.
Read Laura Kuenssberg's full article at BBC News >

Government asks employers to report Covid-19 deaths among social care staff
Call to report deaths to Department of Health and Social Care follows evidence that social care staff have been disproportionately hit by disease.
Read the full story at >

‘You made the right decision to detain me’ – a Mental Health Act assessment under Covid-19
Maintaining a person's dignity while you are removing their liberty and wearing PPE is hugely challenging as one AMHP discovered on a recent assessment.
Read the full article at >

NewARC Independent Advocacy workbook cover: Distance Learning: Level 2 Award Independent Advocacy
We are delighted to launch our new Independent Advocacy Level 2 Award Distance Learning Pack and accompanying Workbook. It is in an easy to follow format, including activities, scenarios and handouts, to help consolidate your knowledge and understanding whilst taking you through the learning outcomes of the award, with the support of your personally allocated assessor. 

The distance learning pack is ideal for anyone wanting to understand the basic principles of independent advocacy and its role. Email enquiries to
Full details about our distance learning Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy > 

Social Care and COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

Graphic showing 3 people social distancingNew Easy Read documents for the change in Covid guidance
Keep Safe and Photo Symbols have created two great new easy read documents reflecting the Government's recent update of the Covid guidance.

SCIE Safeguarding adults training webinar - making safeguarding personal
View a recorded training webinar on personalising safeguarding, the second in a series of webinars to support you and your team to keep adults with care and support needs safe.
The recording of the first session, 'What is safeguarding?' is also available to view.
Watch SCIE safeguarding webinar recordings > 

SCIE quick guide to safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis
This quick guide outlines some of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on safeguarding, and looks at what can be done to continue to serve the needs of faith-based communities and protect them from harm.
Read the SCIE guide to safeguarding in faith-based organisations >

Social Care Blogs

"Communities can achieve more than any state or service response when they work together"
Pat McArdle, CEO of ARC member Mayday Trust, describes the personal and professional challenges she’s going through: Ours used to be a traditional provider for supported housing for ‘homeless’ people. Over nine years Mayday has transformed itself into an influencer that is proving that changing our broken system is possible.
Read Pat's blog in full at Think Local Act Personal >

SCIE CEO Kathryn SmithBeyond COVID-19: Charting a new future for social care - Kathryn Smith
Kathryn Smith, new SCIE Chief Executive, discusses the future of social care and charting a post COVID-19 recovery strategy.
Read Kathryn's blog on the SCIE website >

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