Association for Real Change has representatives on a range of bodies at both a local, regional and national level.

In England these include:

  • Care Provider Alliance
  • Winterbourne View Concordat Signatory
  • Driving up Quality Alliance
  • Member of the Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Partnership
  • Founding Member of the Learning Disability Alliance (LDa)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Consultative sub-group
  • Care Quality Commission Providers Group and the Learning Disability Advisory Group
  • NICE Social Care External Reference Group
  • Skills for Care East Midlands Regional Network
  • Challenging Behaviour Foundation National Strategy Group (CB-NSG)
  • City and Guilds Health and Social Care Qualifications Network

Association for Real Change’s representatives on these groups are charged with the task of seeking member views on relevant issues, and providing feedback where appropriate. We also regularly seek to represent the needs of learning disability service providers to central and local government and other bodies such as the Care Quality Commission and Skills Funding Agency.

Association for Real Change is a member of the Care Provider Alliance, a group of 11 care provider organisations working together since 2009 to ensure that providers are made aware of key policy initiatives and their potential impact. Find out more about the Care Provider Alliance.

Association for Real Change is also a founding member of the Driving Up Quality Alliance which represents 80% of all learning disability service providers in the country. The formation of the Alliance and subsequent drafting of the Driving up Quality Code was a direct response to the abuse at Winterbourne View, and marks an obligation to taking steps to both avoid the recurrence of what happened at Winterbourne View and ensure people with learning disabilities, or behaviour that challenges, can look forward to an ordinary life with high quality support. Find out more about the Driving Up Quality Code.