ARC Network Meeting – Neglect and Governance – 17 June 2013

Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue HQ
Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0NW

The specially convened meeting was well attended by colleagues from across the South West, and it was good to see so many people there. We chewed over the varying ways in which commissioning is re-forming across the region, and ongoing concerns about the Devon brokerage model. Rod also seized the opportunity to update members on the Safety Net project, and particularly welcomed feedback on the draft ‘Real Change Challenge’ on mate crime, which you can find here.

The real focus of the meeting, though, was the potentially profound implications of the Stansbridge Earls case, not just for specialist schools and colleges, but potentially for all learning disability services, and certainly charities with trustees. All ARC stakeholdes are urged to check out the presentation (Consequences of Poor Governance) provided by our legal friends at Lester Aldridge (many thanks to Peter Grose & Geoff Trobridge). There would certainly seem to be significant implications for safeguarding, governance, and how trustees operate. Ofsted, and other inspection services (including CQC) are likely to have been stung by the tribunal’s criticism and are likely to respond.

Rod has now been charged with organising a future meeting covering the new GP-lead commissioning arrangements, Education, Health & Care plans, and an update on the work of Skills for Care. News of this meeting will circulated as and when details become available.

If you wish to contact Rod with regards to the above meeting, the work around Safety Net or the Real Change Challenge on Mate Crime, please email