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Monday News Issue 108- 13th November 2023

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible"


Welcome to Issue 108 of Quest News. We have 13 hours of off-the-job training for our apprentices to complete.


Events this week:

November 13th- World Kindness Day 2023

November 13th- Odd Socks Day 2023

November 13th- November 17th- World Well Being At Work Week 2023

November 13th- November 19th- Anti Bullying Week 2023

November 14th- World Diabetes Day 2023

November 18th- Survivors Of Suicide Loss Day 2023


Legislation/Regulation of the week

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Before 1974 approximately 8 million employees had no legal safety protection at work. The Health and Safety Act 1974 provides the legal framework to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of health and safety in places of work. It protects employees and the public from work activities. Everyone has a duty to comply with the Act, including employers, employees, trainees, self-employed, manufactures and suppliers.

(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

Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight

Convicted paedophile who used his fame to groom young girls dies aged 93. Rolf Harris's fall from fame to infamy came after he was jailed for sexual assaults on young girls, including a childhood friend of his daughter and an autograph hunter. This series follows the story of how Rolf Harris’ assaults became more serious during his television career.

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


Event of the week/month

Anti Bullying Week 2023

Anti-Bullying Week is a special event organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to raise awareness about the negative impacts of bullying, encourage people to stand up against discrimination and promote the importance of individuality. It's a week dedicated to celebrating the values of inclusivity, respect and kindness. This year’s theme for anti-bullying week is Make a Noise about Bullying.

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

Talking to your kids about racism

It can be hard to talk to your children about racism. Some parents worry about exposing their children to issues like racism and discrimination at an early age. Others shy away from talking about something they themselves might not fully understand or don’t feel comfortable discussing. Yet others, especially those who have experienced racism, simply do not have such choices.

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


Police Protection- A practical guide

Each year across the UK, hundreds of children are removed from harmful situations by the police and placed into ‘Police Protection’. In this article we take a practical look at this specific piece of legislation, which if used responsibly, can be a very valuable tool in safeguarding vulnerable children. In a few places we also offer some opinion as to what some of the issues are when a child is placed into police protection.

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


Online Child Sexual Exploitation

There is no doubt that social media users are getting younger and for many children and young people, online activity has become a way of life. Unfortunately for our young people the internet has many terrible dangers and poses a real and significant risk to some of the most vulnerable of our society.

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


Supporting Children with Exam Pressure

Being worried or nervous before exams is inevitable, even as adults we feel anxiety in similar situations. However, data shows that worry is developing into stress across children, and teachers are facing additional pressures to support as the stats are rising.

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


Local councils can be sued for not protecting vulnerable children, due to landmark ruling

A landmark judgment has ruled that local authorities can be sued if they fail to protect vulnerable young people and children in their area who are considered to be at risk, regardless of whether they are officially in care.

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


Health & Safety


Teaching Road Safety: A guide for parents

As the days get shorter and the darkness comes earlier this guide will help remind children about road safety and keeping safe in the dark. Road safety is a great subject in which to engage children and young people. It’s a subject even the youngest children know something about because everyone uses the roads, whether driving, walking, or travelling as a passenger. Unfortunately, this comes at a price, which includes people being killed and injured. However, road deaths and injuries are not inevitable. The last few decades have demonstrated that effective and comprehensive road safety strategies can reduce the number of people killed or injured on the road, despite increasing traffic.

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


Following Lucy Letby, 71% of doctors say whistleblowing damages careers: Video

A majority of doctors believe raising safety concerns damages their careers, according to a new survey. Following the case of Lucy Letby, the hospital doctors' union - the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) - surveyed more than 500 consultants. 71% of them said it isn’t possible to raise patient safety concerns without harming their careers.

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


Vaping: New measures to crack down on illegal sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers

Plans to make it more difficult for children to illegally buy e-cigarettes in England are to be laid out by the government. An enforcement squad made up of trading standards officers will be set up to carry out test purchases and clamp down on shops selling vapes to under-18s. The Department of Health says it will allocate £3m to tackle the issue.

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


How to help parents and children heal together

Parents and children who have been impacted by domestic abuse often have feelings of shame and grief, and these emotions can be difficult to experience and understand. These feelings can sometimes fracture the relationships we have with those closest to us and supporting parents and children to build or restore their emotional relationships can help them heal together.

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


Icy Conditions and Winter Weather

Slip and trip accidents increase during the Autumn and Winter season for a number of reasons: there is less daylight, leaves fall onto paths and become wet and slippery and cold weather spells cause ice and snow to build up on paths.

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


Wider Curriculum


28 reasons why you chose social work

From advocating for others to being the person they needed when growing up, practitioners reveal why they have chosen social work as their profession.

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


Children in Need: Gaming supports children with ADHD and autism: Video

A Kent-based charity is using gaming as a means of supporting children with ADHD and autism. The project supports children and young people with learning difficulties and their siblings. It aims to increase their confidence, improve their communication skills and emotional wellbeing.

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


Tips for coping with difficult conversations

Practical advice from community care inform guide on how to approach difficult conversations.

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


More staff found to be practising illegally as social workers, says regulator

An increasing number of staff have been found to be practising illegally as social workers, the regulator has said. Social Work England issued the warning on the back of an increase in cases referred to it about people misusing the title ‘social worker’, which is protected in law.

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


What is Cyber Security: Expert advice to keep families safe online

Cyber security is an important part of daily life, whether you’re connecting to public WiFi hotspots or scrolling through social media at home. As such, it’s important to be fully informed. Cyber security means protection in the online space. Therefore, it can refer to the security settings you use on your online social and video gaming accounts or the software you use on devices. Good cyber security means the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands is less likely. As such, it’s important to implement security measures that protect your devices.

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


Talking to children about scary world events

News is everywhere. In the digital age, it is no longer possible to control the news we are exposed to or shield children from upsetting information. What you can do is help to minimise the negative impact it has on children. You can do this through open and honest conversations, using these tips.

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


What are the new EYFS level 2 maths requirements for early years practitioners?

The Department for Education (DfE) published their response to the EYFS consultation on October 27th 2024. The initial proposal consulted on a variety of potential changes including qualification levels, ratios and assessment.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/what-are-the-new-eyfs-level-2-maths-requirements-for-early-years-practitioners-pviblog?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_2023-11-12_GB-ENG_PrivateNurseriesEYFS&utm_content=custom6

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

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