Clive Parry, ARC England DirectorWelcome to another edition of Real People.
We were extremely concerned to hear from one of our members about a decision a clinician took very recently to place a DNACPR note on the file of someone they support simply because the person has a learning disability and we know that, despite the CQC report published a few months ago, this is still very much a live concern for us to be on the look out for.
ARC is working hard to make sure that policy and decision-makers understand how concerned we are in the sector about the absence of news on the short term funding for social care in relation to PPE and infection control, as well as the decision not to include social care in the Spring budget. Read the Learning Disability Today piece to see how united the sector is on this topic.
Do make sure you read about the Good Things Foundation opportunity to provide people who may not otherwise be able to connect with friends and loved ones with a tablet – the closing date is Monday 15th March.
Finally, do check out our training courses and qualifications section in this email where you will find a full range of topical programmes.
I do hope you enjoy this edition of Real People.

Clive Parry, ARC England Director

ARC England logoAccess the Workforce Development Fund through the ARC Partnership 
We are a National Lead Partner disbursing Workforce Development Funding on behalf of Skills for Care towards the cost of learners achieving qualifications from a list of funded qualifications and learning programmes. If you are an adult social care employer in England, potential funding per learner, per funding year, is up to £2,000.
Find out how you could access funding for training > 
Social Care News
Misuse of do-not-resuscitate orders risks undermining care, warn leading clinicians and charities
Care Quality Commission review of the use of do-not-resuscitate decisions is expected within weeks. 
Read the full story at The Independent >

How to address the long-running crisis in Welsh social care
The pandemic has exposed the divisions in health and care systems. On one hand is the NHS free at the point of use, on the other is social care a means-tested, income-based service. 
Read the full analysis at Nation Cymru >

Spring budget fails to tackle big issues facing disabled people
Learning disability charities have hit out at the Government after the Spring Budget announcement failed to tackle the big issues facing disabled people such as poverty, lack of social care and barriers to employment.
Read the full story at Learning Disability Today >

Social Care Guidance and Resources
Free Tablets for Learning Disability Services via Good Things Foundation
The new Digital Lifeline scheme, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will provide 5,000 internet enabled tablets. Any organisation that supports people with learning disabilities can apply. Successful applicants will receive the tablets for free, which are preloaded with data and provided with technical support.

For every device you receive, your organisation will get a grant of £100 to support the cost of helping the individual to learn how to use their device safely and confidently. The deadline for applications is 12pm Monday 15th March.
Find out more and apply for devices >

Accessibility and Census 2021 
Census Day is 21 March 2021. Everyone must complete or be included in the census and provide accurate information. The Census is online, using an access code in the letter about the Census, but people can ask for a paper copy to be posted to them.
There is more about the census and how it operates at Census 2021.
If people need help, they can:
  • ask someone else to fill it in for them, or help them if they can't do it themselves
  • get help to complete the census online: Find a support centre
  • access web chat, call on the phone or use the text relay system from the contact page
For care staff who may be asked to help people complete the census, there is guidance on Getting started: Completing the census for someone else. This includes a section on helping someone who lacks the capacity to answer for themselves.
There is information on accessibility on the Census website at: Languages and accessibility.

Bereavement support for people with learning disabilities - Linda McEnhill Awards 2021 open
Have you, or anyone you know, made a positive difference to the end of life or bereavement support of people with learning disabilities?
Nominate any work, project, organisation or individual for the Linda McEnhill Awards 2021 >  

‘Broken': The psychological trauma suffered by family carers of children and adults with autism and/or learning disabilities
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation's trauma survey investigates the availability and effectiveness of trauma support for family carers of children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. The findings from the survey provide evidence that the current system is dramatically failing families and that too often their interaction with 'the system' and services adds to, or is the cause of, trauma and its devastating impact. 
Find out more and download the report >

2021 Down Syndrome Research Forum registration open
Registration is now open for the 2021 Down Syndrome Research Forum. The event will be online so there will be more international involvement in the full and exciting programme.
Full details, abstracts and registration link >

ARC England Training and Qualifications
ARC England logo To book your place or register your interest in any of our expert-led online training courses contact or call 01246 555043.

Need a training course exclusively for your organisation? No problem - our expert trainers can deliver any of our courses online specifically for your organisation - contact or call 01246 555043.

ARC Qualification Centre
You don't need to be a member to access our qualifications centre but being an ARC England member also entitles you to discounts on a range of professional accredited social care qualifications.
Qualifications offered include:    Check out our range of accredited qualifications > 
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