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Sexual exploitation is a topic that makes for pretty grim reading right now. It might, therefore, seem a little odd to be talking about the very positive experiences that have emerged from ARC’s ‘Helping Each Other’ project.

We are just over half way through this Comic Relief funded, peer education project concerned with the sexual exploitation (SE) of young people with learning disabilities... Some of the positivity comes from the fact that we are doing the work at all. Read more...
"Stand for people. Not a product or service or metric or number. Stand for real, living, breathing people and we will change the world."
Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation from the Department of Health
Part of Making sure health and social care services work together 
and Helping people make informed choices about health and social care

The guidance sets out how the Care Act will work in practice when the first phase of the reforms comes into effect in April 2015. Also published are the department’s response to the consultation including proposed final regulations.

Further reading:
Watch this space! Association for Real Change will be running a series of events to raise awareness of the implications of the Care Act amongst ARC England members:
  • 14th Jan - Derbyshire (Health and Well-being)
  • 3rd Feb - Bristol (Transition)
  • 12th Feb - Sheffield (Housing)
  • 17th March - London - Final Conference
The Care Quality Commission's fifth annual State of Care report shows there are many excellent services but the variation in quality in England is unacceptably wide.

Further reading:
Postural Care Pathway for People with Learning Disabilities - Many people with learning disabilities have additional physical issues that affect their mobility. For many, postural support can be critical in reducing pain, discomfort and creating the optimum situation for getting the best out of life. It is clear that postural care is a critical part of securing a good quality of life for people with learning disabilities who have restricted movement.

Further reading:
Personal Independence Payment - From 17 November 2014, DWP will extend the rollout of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) natural reassessment to some Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants in other parts of the country. Read more here...

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) guide  provides information on who is eligible, how the claim process works, how the rate is calculated and the timetable for implementation of PIP. Download your quick guide here. 
Further reading
  • Think local, act personal have produced a survey looking at the experiences of personal budget holders and their carers, based on the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET). Published by TLAP, In Control and Lancaster University, it is the largest survey to date with over 4,000 participants. You can view the Third National Personal Budget Survey here.
HMRC Real Time Information - Late submission of in-year returns 
Update from Martin Anderson, Finance Manager at ARC

I want to take this opportunity to make you all aware that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is introducing penalties for employers who report their payroll information late. Penalties of up to £400 monthly (depending on number of employees) could be imposed and are being phased in as follows: 
  • 6 October 2014 for employers with 50 + employees in a PAYE scheme.
  • 6 March 2015 for small employers with fewer than 50 employees
  • 6 April 2016 for employers with fewer than 10 employees who use relaxed reporting requirement.
In all cases the first late submission of the year is ignored. Late filing applies to FPS (Full Payment Submission) and EPS (Employment Payment Summary) reporting. 
An EPA return is still required by the 19th of each month if there is no pay to report in a period.

 
Health and Social Care: News items Announcements:
The impact of young adults leaving the home can leave parents feeling anxious, alone and at a loss for what to do.

Families with children who have learning disabilities often spend a lot of time and effort on their care due to extra needs - much more than the average parent might do. Parents are often left with empty nest syndrome when their children leave home. But is the feeling worse if your child has a learning disability?

Hear more from these parents...
Review of Mental Capacity Act (2005) resources for new national website
Social Care Institute of Excellent (SCIE) is conducting a review on behalf of the Department of Health of MCA resources that practitioners find valuable; with a view to identifying the best in the country and providing these online for national dissemination.

We would encourage you to submit your MCA resources to include in the review. Resources can be submitted in any format including, toolkits, guidance, apps etc.   When submitting your resources please include details of:
  • Who the resource is intended for (e.g. registered manager, care worker, etc)
  • What setting you work in (e.g. NHS, Local Authority, residential care, etc)
  • Who your client group is.
Please submit the MCA resources you wish to be included in the review by Friday 7th November to MCA@scie.org.uk or contact Angela Hatcher on 020 7535 0941
What does Person Centred really mean? Helen Sanderson - Vice Chair of the International Learning Community for Person Centred Practices - talks about person centred values and tools 

Association for Real Change: Active Support Seminars  - a series of introductory presentations outlining how Active Support can enable staff to better support people with learning disabilities to be more engaged and included in everyday activities. Read more...
It's tiring trying to fit into a neuro-typical world
One social work student reflects on the additional challenges facing autistic social workers and their need for greater awareness from their peers. "Embarking on a social work career, I think students should be mindful of autism.  After all, if they can’t be mindful of their fellow student, how will they deal with an autistic service user?... read more...
Did you really just say that? The ignorant words SEND parents hear far too often! SEND share parents' experiences and also ask for advice to practitioners who may make inappropriate or inaccurate views. Read more here...
University of Bangor - Parents’ experiences and perceptions of approaches to autism intervention.
You are invited to participate in a piece of research which aims to help us understand parents' experiences and thoughts about approaches to autism intervention.

 

ARC Member Offer!

25% off Law Advice with Flint Bishop Solicitors

Contact: John.Robinson@arcuk.org.uk
for further details
Friday 31st October 2014 - BILD - Share your work with delegates at the UK's leading PBS conference. To download the workshops papers and submission forms see here...
Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Community Care Conference -  Special Guardianship Orders *Register your place for Special Guardianship Orders Conference on or before 31st October for the reduced rate of £199** To find out more and register your place here...
Wednesday 5th November 2014 - Consultation - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Workplace Policy and Management Practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees. To read more and download the consultation documents, see here...
Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Hallmark Hotel, Derby: ACAS Mental Health Awareness for Employers. For more information and to book your place see here...
Wednesday 12th November 2014 - Newcastle. Research Autism. Autism and Challenging Behaviour: One Person at a Time Conference. For more information and to book your place see here...
Thursday 27th November 2014 - Liverpool - Skills for Care Roadshows: Implementing the new Care Certificate (replacing Common Induction Standards from April 2015) and more....
Friday 28th November 2014 (closes) - Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Locality Plan. Public Health Small Grants Scheme. Small grants to help support local groups and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. 
December 2014 and January 2015 -  Various dates - Association for Real Change - Concerned about recent developments in Employment Law? Employment Law updates throughout England! For more information and to book a place on one of these dates, please see here...
Tuesday 2nd December 2014, London - Community Care Conference - Safeguarding Adults in care homes and hospitals. To download more information and book your place here.
Tuesday 2nd December and Wednesday 10th December 2014 - ARC Supporting Medication Train the Trainer courses - A one-day course aimed at people who are already competent trainers and would like to deliver ‘Supporting Medication’ to their staff. Book your place here...
Friday 12th December, 11:30pm (closes) - Consultation: Adult Social Work - Knowledge and Skills. The Department of Health seeks views on a draft statement explaining what adult social workers need to know after their first year in employment. To read more and download the consultation documents, see here...
Wednesday 23rd December 2014 (closes) - Consultation:      Living Fund (ILF):  Llywodraeth Cymru - Welsh Government: Seeks views on future arrangements to support recipients of ILF in Wales.
5th - 19th January 2015  Active Support Seminars Association for Real Change - a series of introductory presentations outlining how Active Support can enable staff to better support people with learning disabilities to be more engaged and included in everyday activities. Read more...
Tuesday 24th February 2015 - Communicating with People with Learning Disabilities - a British Institute of Learning Disabilities CPD Learning and Development Day. Download details and book a place here...
Early 2015 - National Audit Office: Works in Progress Implementation of Care Act First Stage Reforms
 
Skills for Care - Guide to help registered managers meet new CQC regulations and inspection This new guide provides tools to  help Registered Managers meet workforce requirements in the regulations and inspections.
Think local, act personal - Information, Advice & Brokerage: Shaping the Future, Gearing Up & Seeing the Benefits: a new Guide  to help councils meet the April 2015 deadline to improve information about support services available in their local communities - a requirement under the new Care Act.

Six local authorities highlight the common challenges each has faced, what they have done in practice to overcome them and the early benefits people in their areas are seeing.

Download the Guide in its 3 parts:
Shaping the Future Part 1
G
earing up for Change Part 2
S
eeing the Benefits Part 3
Community Care - Research in Practice provides access to high quality evidence to inform your practice, and supports you to give children and young people the best possible standards of care, keeping them safe and helping them to have a better quality of life. Child sexual exploitation: Resources and support for practitioners. 
Pitfalls in Discharge - Patients are being discharged from hospital to care homes in an unfit state according to a report from Healthwatch Derbyshire; an independent organisation set up to represent the views of the Derbyshire public on health and social care services. 
To view the full press release, which includes a link to the reports the article was based upon, click here.
Digital Health - How do we run our service assessments?
The Digital team at the Department of Health undergo an assessment to check how well they are meeting their own standards, and explain how a digital service assessment works. Read more here....
And you can read the team's blog here...
Skills for Care - Research Knowledge Base (RKB)
The RKB is a free, online, searchable database of information relating to the adult social care workforce and contains links to over 1700 documents.  
You can find out more about how to access the RKB here...
Skills for Care - Report on the adult social care sector and workforce in England.
This report has been produced by Skills for Care and provides a comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2014. To download a copy of the report see here....
The King's Fund - Developing Supportive Design for People with Dementia - Assessment Tools
This range of tools and resources have been developed to enable hospitals, care homes, primary care premises and specialist housing providers to become more dementia friendly. 

Further tools and support: BILD Dementia Factsheets
In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, we have created two Easy Read http://www.bild.org.uk/information/ageingwell/dementiafactsheets/factsheets on dementia for people with learning disabilities.
Bringing us Together - A to Z of Family Rights and Lives - this week we are looking at the letter 'I' I is for Ignorance: Something we face daily, or so it sometimes feels.
Foundation for People with Learning DisabilitiesChildren and Young People with Complex Health Needs - A one-stop booklet for families. The aim of this booklet is to offer information and routes to support of a practical nature, which we hope can improve the lives of children and young people with complex health needs.For your own download see here...
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