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Monday News Issue 107- 6th November

"Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference"


Welcome to Issue 107 of Quest News. We have 10 hours worth of off-the-job training for our apprentices to complete


Events this week:

November 1st- November 30th- Transgender Awareness Month 2023

November 6th- November 10th- Talk Money Week 2023

November 6th- November 12th- Children’s Book Week 2023

November 9th- World Freedom Day 2023

November 9th- Social Media Kindness Day 2023


Legislation/Regulation of the week

The Children Act 1989

The Children Act 1989 places a duty on local authorities to promote and safeguard the welfare of children in need in their area. The Children Act 1989 provides a framework for all kinds of safeguarding and child protection systems and laws that have been implemented across England. The key focuses of the Act are the importance of children’s welfare and the requirements and expectation of anyone who has a duty of care to a child.

(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)


Videos of the week

Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White

Ashley Banjo explores British History and the negative reaction to his Britain’s got talent dance. He meets supporters like actor David Harewood & critics like comedian Jim Daidson.

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


Event of the week/month

National Career development month 2023

National Career Development Month 2023 is an annual observance dedicated to highlighting the importance of career development and planning. This month-long campaign seeks to empower individuals of all ages to take charge of their career journeys, make informed decisions, and pursue fulfilling and meaningful work.

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

How to talk to your children about conflict and war

When conflict or war makes the headlines, it can cause feelings such as fear, sadness, anger and anxiety wherever you live. Here are some tips on how to approach the conversation with your child and to provide them with support and comfort.

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


Choking dangers in Children

RoSPA has teamed up with the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and other organisations involved in Home Accident Prevention (HAP) in Northern Ireland to raise awareness with parents, carers, grandparents and health professionals on the dangers of choking.

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


Keeping children safe in education guidance 2023- Podcast

Join Nicole and Carly as they discuss the new Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance 2023 in our latest podcast. Explore the recommendations on online filtering and monitoring, its link to pupil behaviour, and how these systems better prepare staff to keep children safe.

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


Half of councils given funding to recruit 461 social work apprentices to bolster children’s workforce

Half of councils have been given a share of £11.7m to recruit 461 social work apprentices to bolster their children’s services workforces. The Department for Education funding will go to 79 of the 153 authorities, who were chosen following an application process.

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


County lines, the children exploited to deal drugs by criminal networks

The Safeguarding hub have a look at the ‘phenomenon’ that is County Lines, also known as "Going country" we explore what it really is.

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


Health & Safety

The growth of lone working

Lone working is growing – but so too are technology solutions aimed at protecting lone employees.

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


Prep school trust fined £80,000 after pupils hurt in classroom ceiling collapse

An educational trust has been fined £80,000 after a classroom ceiling collapsed onto 15 children and their teacher at a private school in Dulwich. Children in Year 3, aged between seven and eight, were in a lesson at Rosemead Preparatory School in south London when the ceiling collapsed.

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


Anxiety or Autism?

This blog was developed to shed an insight into a topic of which is common practice in many schools today. Dr Asha Patel provides an insight into the impact of discussions being held around the concept of a child’s needs being a result of them experiencing autism or mental health. There is a common myth which eludes to the fact it must be one or the other.

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


Seasonal affective disorder- or SAD- isn’t just ‘winter blues

As the clocks go back and the days shorten, hundreds of thousands of people in the UK will be staring down the barrel of oncoming seasonal affective disorder. SAD is one of the most misunderstood mood disorders

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


Wider Curriculum

Social workers to take 26 days’ further strike action in pay and staffing dispute

Social workers will take a further 26 days’ strike action in a dispute over pay and staffing levels. Barnet UNISON said members working in mental health would stage walkouts from November 2023 until March 2024 in pursuit of their objective of retention payments equivalent to those received by the London borough’s children and families’ social workers.

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


Inside a social work strike: the staff fighting for a ‘safe service’

Mental health social workers at Barnet Council have taken to the picket line to protest against 'chronic staffing issues' and rising waiting times for the people they support

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


One in 10 mothers with under-fours quit work over childcare, says charity

About a quarter of a million mothers with young children have left their jobs due to childcare pressures, research by an equal rights charity suggests. Large numbers of women were missing out on career opportunities for the same reason, the research indicated.

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


UK children to become safer online as world-leading bill becomes law

A new era of internet safety was hailed as the Online Safety Act received Royal Assent. This means new legal duties will be placed on social media platforms to ensure children and adults remain safe on social media.

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


Meta 'intentionally addicts' children to social media, lawsuit claims

The dozens of states that have filed the lawsuit claim research has associated children's use of Meta's social media platforms with "depression, anxiety, insomnia, interference with education and daily life, and many other negative outcomes".

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

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