ARC England update from Lisa Lenton
ARC England Director Lisa LentonHello,

As you may be aware, ARC England has provided high quality and innovative training for many years - that was paused back in March of course due to the pandemic. Since then we have worked hard to convert a number of our workshops to virtual delivery and I am so encouraged by how popular and well received these have been. 

We now offer Active Support, Supporting Medication, Loss and Bereavement, Learning Disability Awareness (written in line with the new framework) and Positive Risk Management, via Zoom in smaller bite sized sessions rather than the traditional all day long course format.

'Necessity is the mother of invention' - and the Covid crisis has certainly led to many of us working in very different ways. In relation to training, it has meant our raft of courses is more accessible than ever - we are no longer constrained by geography and sourcing suitable venues, meaning we can engage with learners much more flexibility wherever they may be in the country and wherever their computer is set up. 

Next we are looking at adapting our MCA and DoLS training to offer this virtually following the news that the introduction of the LPS replacement has been delayed. We need to ensure that all staff are working in line with the law and ensuring people liberty is not being infringed unnecessarily - a key of citizenship for us all.

Our training dates are listed in this edition of Real People - we look forward to seeing you and your staff team soon.

Best wishes

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