New for 2023 - Online Harms and Grooming Workshop

New for 2023!!

Online Harms and Grooming: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism to Stay Safe on Social Media: A Workshop for Support Staff

This half day workshop is designed to raise awareness of online harms (especially grooming) for those with a learning disability and autistic people. It is aimed at social care support staff.

People with learning disabilities and autistic people are at disproportionate risk from online harms. ARC England’s experience of user-led projects on mate crime, sexual exploitation, and social media grooming turned up a host of alarming stories. Get SMART found that nearly all the young people involved in the project preferred their life online to the ‘real’ world and that the staff supporting them were not equipped to respond to this profound cultural shift.

Often individuals who get into trouble online are simply banned from the use of the internet and social media. This training argues that this approach is ineffective, against human rights legislation and actually counter-productive. A more mature response is needed. This new ARC England workshop encourages positive engagement with the people most at risk, utilising harm mitigation and risk enablement approaches.

It looks at how to intervene and support those at risk. The workshop draws on learning from:

Workshop content
  • Background: what are we afraid of?
  • Radicalisation, learning disability and autism
  • ‘Get SMART’ project findings
  • Online harms: what are the risks?
  • Grooming: risk factors, process and indicators
  • What does and doesn’t work?
  • Key tools: MCA and Risk Enablement
  • What next?

The workshop is highly interactive and comprise tutor input, discussions, case studies, polls, small group work and reflections on assignments.

Who is the workshop for?

Anyone working in social care and supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both.

To find out more about course content please contact the course tutor Rod Landman

Cost : £65 ARC Members £85 Non-members

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**Cost: £65 (ARC Members) ** £85 (Non-ARC Members)


*Full Day or Two Half-Day Workshops

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Medication Competence in Community and Residential Settings

A new ARC England live online workshop which will ensure a high quality and consistent approach to the handling of medication across your organisation.

**NICE say that ‘**Care workers completing [Medication] training should be observed and supervised by a competent person in advance of administering medication for the first time. This should be an occupationally-competent person working for the provider, not an external trainer.
Managers, supervisors and assessors are responsible for judging the competence of their care workers’ ability to safely administer medication for people who use the service.’
Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community, March 2017

But what is an ‘occupationally-competent’ person? And what assessment skills do they need?

This new ARC England workshop is aimed at managers, supervisors and assessors, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess the competence of others.

Places cost: **£90 (ARC Members) ** £120 (Non-ARC Members)

To find out more please contact one of our experienced trainers:
Angie DeLiddiard
Rod Landman

Workshops for Trainers

Supporting Medication in Social Care Settings for Trainers**100x110**

You will receive:

  • a trainers’ pack, including a USB with all handouts and PowerPoint presentation
  • a sample workbook
  • an additional 30 minutes of personal support from your tutor, with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your organisation’s specific requirements.
  • a certificate of attendance

Costs for each of the above Trainer courses (including resources):

  • £200 (ARC Members) I £250 (Non-ARC members)

Please note, these trainers’ workshops are only suitable for employees of social care providers.

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In-house workshops - a cost-effective way to up-skill your workforce

We can offer any of our workshops on an in-house basis exclusively for your organisation. One of our expert trainers can deliver any of our training courses online for up to 16 people per session.

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Concerns about exploitation have always existed. The answer is having safe alternatives that welcome people in a way that is safe and fun. It is not enough to tell people about danger. Fear just isolates people away from the friends and family that actually keep them safe. Those of us who understand these things need to meet together to develop and support safe alternatives. I am interested in supporting any effort that gathers people with Intellectual disability together. I think of on-line communication as just an opportunity for genuine inclusion. Wee all know the risks already and we can help each other stay safe when we work together.

Don OCallaghan
Advocacy Communication Project

Hi Don,

We agree with everything you say, which is why we take a risk enablement approach in the training. It is about allaying fears, but also recognising that there are real and significant concerns posed to people through online grooming, which has massively increased the reach and potential of exploitation.

The training will be developed and delivered from this point with learning disabled and autistic colleagues with lived experience and online skills, and was written using the voices and experiences of young people through the Get SMART, Helping Each Other and Us Too projects.

At the moment the training is intended for people who support individuals with learning disabilities and autism so they can support people access the online world as safely as possible without depriving them of their rights and the great opportunities that the internet and social media offer. In the future we hope to be delivering the training to mixed groups, which include supported people, their families and carers.

Liz Collins
Relationships and Communications Manager
ARC England