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Monday News Issue 106- 30th October 2023

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time"


Welcome to Issue 106 of Quest News, We have 10 hours worth of off-the-job training for our apprentices to complete.


Events this week:

October 30th- November 5th – International Brain Tumour week 2023

October 30th- World Online Networking Day 2023

November 1st- November 30th- Pancreatic Cancer Month 2023

November 1st- November 30th- Men’s Health Awareness Month 2023

November 1st- November 30th- Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2023

November 1st- November 30th- National Career Development Month 2023

November 1st -November 30th- National Diabetes Month 2023

November 2nd- November 6th- International Stress Awareness Week 2023


Policy of the Week

Children and Families

This act is designed to reform services for vulnerable children by giving them, greater protection, giving more support to those with special needs, and also helping parents and families as a whole.

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

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


Video of the week

Mental Health Awareness- Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction

A documentary which shows the behind the scenes life of one of the UK’s biggest popstar, and how he battles with his addiction with drugs and alcohol. He also talks about his daily struggle to keep himself clean and sober and the pressure that puts on himself and his family.

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


Event of the week/month

Men’s Health Awareness Month 2023 (1st November- November 30th)

Often rereferred to as Movember, it is an annual global campaign that encourages men to grow mustaches and participate in activities to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Movember has funded numerous men’s health projects and initiatives and has become a symbol of solidary and awareness. Read more about Movember here:

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


Safeguarding & ED & I


Supporting pupils with ASD/ADHD in schools- Podcast

Farrer & Co have published a podcast to discuss the rising number of queries from schools relating to students with a confirmed or possible ADHD/ASD diagnoses. The podcast explores a range of issues including students taking assessments and supporting students and teachers.

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


Improving knowledge and confidence around anti-racism

The Anna Freud Centre have created a list of resources that can be used to explore and develop racial literacy, and think more deeply about the impact of racism on mental health.

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


Death of couple from Neglect leads to changes by Cumbria’s Safeguarding Adults Board

A review into the deaths has led to changes in how cases are dealt with in the future. The pair had refused help despite both needing extra assistance. The review highlighted a number of issues and ways they can improve such as building relationships and working with resistance to care and strategic responses to self neglect.

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


Headteachers reluctant to report child sexual abuse in schools, a report finds

A report into child sexual abuse in Britain’s schools has been concluded. It found that “despite 20 years of enhanced focus on safeguarding, our schools are not as safe for children as they should be”

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


Sex offenders are using virtual reality to ‘groom and abuse children’

Offenders are using VR to groom and sexually abuse children, as well as share illegal images of abuse according to research. The report said that VR and immersive technologies are being used by offenders not only to interact with children, but also to simulate acts of abuse

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


Health & Safety


The impact of social media on Mental Health: Finding balance online

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


Steep rise in calls to modern slavery helpline from care sector

A national helpline for victims of modern slavery is reporting a steep rise in calls from overseas workers who came to the UK to help plug staffing gaps in the care sector.

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


Child Abduction Warning Notices (CAWN’s)

The safeguarding hub take a look at Child Abduction Warning Notices (CAWNS), what they are used for, the processes involved and the law if they are breached.

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


Work related stress, mental health and Working Minds: Podcast

In this podcast, HSE Chair Sarah Newton and Professor Cary Cooper, one the world’s foremost experts on wellbeing, discuss the importance of working in partnership to prevent work-related stress and to promote good mental health.

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


Deep brain stimulation breakthrough offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients: Video

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Scientists are working hard on drug treatments but so far there is no cure. Now neuroscientists from the UK Dementia Research Institute have taken a major step forward in developing a treatment to stimulate the brain using electricity not drugs.

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


Wider Curriculum


Many ‘zero nicotine’ labelled vapes contain high levels of nicotine: Video

A high number of "zero nicotine" labelled vapes contain a "significant" amount of the addictive substance.

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


Children in Sussex and Surrey housed illegally amid care shortage

Children in care in Surrey and Sussex are being housed in illegal homes amid a severe shortage of placements.

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


Workplace Culture: Where do we start?

Workplace culture describes the character of an organisation, including the values, attitudes and traditions its employees hold. Workplace culture also includes the behaviours, norms and social interactions that you encounter in a workplace, which have a significant impact on innovation, productivity, growth and employee wellbeing.

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


Taking care of key workers

During the pandemic, many were able to work from home. Key workers were more exposed to health risks. We might have clapped for a few months to celebrate their commitment, but when life returned to normal, they saw little improvement.

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

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