Active Support Practice Development Service

Active Support – It’s not what your teams are doing, it’s just the way that they may be ‘JUST’ doing  it!

Active Support is driven by example and effective leadership

  • Do you need a model of support that ensures teams promote inclusion, choice, participation and independence in everyday activities for the people they are supporting?
  • Do you need support in turning those Person Centred Plans into Person Centred Action?
  • Do you need support in managing your team to work as a team in a structured way and not as a morning or an afternoon shift?
  • Do you want to turn all the learning and values into action and make the most of your training budget?
  • Does your organisation need support in meeting policy and best practice guidance?
  • Are you struggling with showing and monitoring outcomes?

Through a dedicated and committed team, the ARCUK Active Support Practice Development Service (ASPDS) aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in developing real person-centred approaches and whole organisation support.

Why Active Support?

Active Support is a model of support which ensures that people are supported to participate in every aspect of their daily lives irrespective of degree of intellectual disability, behaviour that challenges or autism.

Services who have already been supported with the implementation of Active Support have said that the model has transformed the lives of people they are supporting and staff have a better understanding of what their job role is.


Image: Christine Harcombe

Christine Harcombe - ARC UK Active Support Service Manager

Email: Christine.Harcombe@arcuk.org.uk

Telephone: 07917 523 778


What Services Do We Offer?

Image CONSULTATION-SERVICES Consultancy Packages:
Tailored to meet Service and/or Organisational needs.
Image: Delivered Course Active Support Training and Coaching:
Supporting services to promote choice, independence and inclusion for service users within all areas of social care services to achieve person-centred plans. This training is especially beneficial for staff working with people with severe and profound learning disabilities, a range of learning disabilities, behaviour that is challenging, dementia, people with autism and mental health issues.
Image: Tailored Course Interactive Active Support Training (Theory): Discussing with Service Managers to become Practice Managers and  how to support their staff to focus on the individual and to support in a Person Centred way and to put plans into action as a team. Making sure that the team understand how all prior training is translated back within the service and the people being supported ensuring that monitoring and evaluating systems are put in place to monitor outcomes -  Driven by example and effective leadership.
Image: Delivered Course Work Based Coaching and Mentoring:
Consultant trainer working alongside managers and staff, in the workplace after the training, to give practical hands on advice and support to ensure managers and the team can translate the learning into the workplace.
Image: Guidance, Resources, Handbook Development of an Implementation Plan:
Tailored to meet specific organisational needs. Looking at current systems and protocols/job descriptions etc. and choosing a pilot service.
Image CONSULTATION-SERVICES Ongoing Support and Review of Active Support:
Remember, training alone does not always bring about change! We may have to look at the culture of the services. Staff are key to ensuring that people with learning disabilities, behaviour that challenges and autism have a great quality of life and are supported to have that ‘ordinary’ life that policy say we should be having.