ARC England launches ‘Mate Crime’ workshop to help protect vulnerable people from abuse

Two men at Lego Pick and Build display, one with thumbs upARC England are pleased to open up their Mate Crime workshop to a wider audience in order to train anyone who works with vulnerable people in keeping them safe and free from harm.

Our trainer Rod Landman set up our original ‘Safety Net’ project after the horrific murder of Steven Hoskin in Cornwall in August 2007. At that time ARC England was also being approached by our members telling us stories of people who used their services being befriended by people whose aim was abuse and exploitation. Considerable numbers of cases were reported to us, covering a huge variety of crimes, with awful consequences for the victims. This led Rod and the team to develop the Safety Net project to create resources to help people with learning disabilities, autism or both stay safe from abuse by people they know.

Rod and ARC England’s work on mate crime over the last 15 years has led to us training several Safeguarding Boards, the Police and Adult Social Care providers across the UK and Ireland. We are now pleased to be able to open this training up to a wider audience with our open course Mate Crime Workshop, 16th – 17th June 2022.

The course takes place over two half-days and encompasses a Level 1 Introduction to Mate Crime and a more intensive Level 2, which takes a practice-based approach.

Level 1 covers the basics – what is mate crime, how to identify it, why and how it affects people with learning disabilities, and service responses.

Level 2 uses a series of case studies, drawing on real life examples of mate crime, and workshops practice-based approaches.

Find out more about course and book places on our Mate Crime Workshop, 16th – 17th June 2022.

We can also offer this course in-house exclusively for your organisation. Email bookings@arcuk.org.uk to discuss your requirements.