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Monday News issue 101- 4th September 2023

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"

Welcome to Issue 101 of Quest 101 of Quest News. We have 14.5 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.


Events this week:

September 1 - September 30 - Organic September 2023

September 1 - September 30 - Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2023

September 1 - September 30 - Second-hand September 2023

September 4 - September 8 - National Payroll Week 2023

September 4 - September 10 - Know Your Numbers Week (Blood Pressure UK) 2023

September 4 - September 10 - Air Ambulance Week 2023


Legislation/Regulation of the week

Safeguarding Policy

Children have the right to be protected from harm. If your organisation or group works with children or young people, you must have a clear set of guidelines about how you will:

• keep children safe

• respond to child protection concerns

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 60 mins)

Please remember to review this in your policy/legislation review workbook)


Videos of the week

Wayne Couzens Killer In Plain Sight

The shocking truth about the serving police officer who killed Sarah Everard.

(Watching this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 90 mins)


Event of the week/month

Organic September 2023

Organic September is a month-long campaign which aims to raise awareness of Organic products, and the brands, producers and farmers who bring them to us in the UK.

(This can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Completing activities Approx. 60 mins)


Safeguarding & ED & I


The impact of coercive control on children and young people

This briefing shares children and young people’s experiences of coercive control between parents and carers. This is drawn from what adults told the NSPCC Helpline and children told Childline in 2022/23.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


(Podcast) Prevent with David Layton-Scott - Safeguarding Voice

David is a Regional Prevent Coordinator for the Department for Education covering the East of England. His role is to support the Education sector in the region in carrying out its Prevent responsibilities.

(Listening to this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 40 mins)


Girls aged three among victims of upskirting - as teenager describes anger at school's response

Exclusive figures obtained by Sky News show 1,150 upskirting crimes have been recorded since 2019, with 40% of victims being children - some as young as three years old.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


#WakeUpWednesday: 12 Top Tips for Using Generative AI in the Classroom

Some 77% of teachers surveyed by The National College believed that AI tools will change the teaching profession for the better. With technology that has such diverse applications, it's essential that all educators approach generative AI with curiosity and an understanding of not only its potential but its pitfalls too.

Get a grasp of AI’s benefits and drawbacks, and see how it could be utilised best in your particular setting. This week’s #WakeUpWednesday guide provides you with 12 top tips for making use of this technology in your classroom and avoiding any common mistakes for new users.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Why language matters: early help

NSPCC Learning has published a new blog post as part of its Why Language Matters series explaining ‘early help’ and looking at the differences between ‘early help’ and ‘early intervention’. The blog post explores the lack of shared understanding around these terms and discusses how this impacts on the provision of support for families.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Children’s social care

Action for Children has published new research on the educational outcomes of children and young people referred to social care in England. 1.6 million pupils’ GCSE exam results were analysed over a three-year period. Findings include: 53% of teenagers who had been referred to social care did not achieve a grade 4 pass in both English and maths GCSE compared with 24% who were not the subject of a referral. Recommendations include greater investment in family help services.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 60 mins)


Infant removals: Working with families to prevent recurrent proceedings

This seminar was hosted jointly by Research in Practice, Pause and the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, based on work in the community of practice funded by Segelman Trust. The programme presented a broad-based appeal for developing targeted services for parents who have had children removed by the state, including contributions from researchers, practitioners, local leaders, and mothers with lived experience of such services.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Restraint techniques and youth custody

The Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service have published a policy framework for England and Wales setting out the rules around the use of restraint and physical interventions by staff working with children and young people in youth custody. The framework includes guidance on the provision of post-incident care and support for staff and children and young people, including the consideration and response to any safeguarding matters.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 60 mins)


Child sexual abuse imagery

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has published a news story about its partnership with SS8 Networks, to help block access to child sexual abuse (CSA) imagery on the Internet.

SS8 will be allowed to use the IWF’s Hash List in their monitoring and analytics software which is used by law enforcement agencies around the world. The IWF’s Hash List contains a unique catalogue of codes or hashes of confirmed CSA imagery which is shared with companies, law enforcement agencies and governments, to help them identify and remove CSA images online. The news story includes recommendations for reporting CSA material.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Mental health

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing on support for children and young people’s mental health in England. The briefing looks at: children and young people’s mental health services in England; statistics, including the number of children and young people with mental health conditions in England, contact with NHS services and treatment wait times; Government policy; suicide prevention policy; inpatient services for children and young people; and mental health in schools.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 40 mins)


Children and young people’s wellbeing

The British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee has launched a call for evidence on the impact of the rising cost of living on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Police to stop attending mental health incidents - National Partnership Agreement: Right Care, Right Person

From 1st September 2023 Police forces across England will stop attending mental health-related incidents unless there is a significant risk to safety or a crime being committed, and refer cases to health or social care services instead.

Patients experiencing a mental health crisis will be treated by the most appropriate agency, helping free up police time and ensuring care is provided by someone with the most relevant skills and experience, as a new national agreement is signed between health and policing partners.

The approach would involve the police only attending mental health-related incidents:

• To investigate a crime that has occurred or is occurring

• To protect people, when there is a real and immediate risk to the life of a person, or of a person being subject to or at risk of serious harm.


(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 40 mins)


Health & Safety

School closures over concrete safety: How will I know if my child's school is shutting? What the government has revealed so far

With the start of term looming, some schools face closure because the type of concrete puts them at risk of crumbling. What will happen if your child's school is affected?

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 20 mins)



Some schools affected by concrete safety fears not yet contacted - and minister unsure how many will shut

Schools minister Nick Gibb tells Sky News in most cases "just a few buildings" or rooms will have to shut but "in some cases it will be the whole school".

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 20 mins)


Wider Curriculum


Ten top tips when working with adults who hoard

With around 1.2 million people in the UK affected by hoarding, how can social workers support adults who hoard to change their behaviour?

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Social Work England consults on best interests assessor training standards

Consultation launched in wake of government decision to shelve Liberty Protection Safeguards, which would have abolished the BIA role

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Seven lessons for practitioners from the review of children’s social care in Northern Ireland

From the importance of treating families respectfully and providing them with stability to the need to shift focus from child protection, Ray Jones shares his key learning from reviewing the region's social care system

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Government urges councils to take in unaccompanied children after court rules hotel placements unlawful

Education secretary Gillian Keegan calls on directors to work with providers to reopen closed children's homes, while ministers extend incentive payments to councils taking children from Kent

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


‘Social work is my passion’: what readers love about the profession.

A compilation of readers' letters to the next generation of social workers as part of our Choose Social Work campaign.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)


Will price caps solve the pay gap between agency and permanent social workers?

With directors of children's services and agency heads at odds over proposals to regulate locum work, we asked practitioners what they thought of the proposed pay caps.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 30 mins)

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