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Monday News Issue 109- 20th November 2023

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"



Welcome to Issue 109 of Quest News. We have 12 hours of off-the-job training for our apprentices to read and learn


Events this week:

November 19th- November 25th- Road Safety Week 2023

November 20th- Universal Children’s Day 2023

November 22nd- Oceans of Plastic 2023

November 23rd- Carer’s Rights Day 2023

November 24th- Black Friday 2023

November 24th- National Day of Listening 2023


Legislation/Regulation of the week

Workplace health, safety and welfare regulations 1992

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (WHSWR) came into force on 1st January 1993 and gave effect in Great Britain to the requirement of EC Directive 89/654/EEC concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the workplace. The Regulations do not apply to construction work sites, but they do apply to facilities, design and equipment in buildings used as workplaces and modifications and extensions of such buildings.

(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

The Detectives

A documentary following greater Manchester police detectives as they try to unravel complex cases related to child exploitation and modern-day slavery.

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


Event of the week/month

Road Safety Week 2023

Road Safety Week is Brake's biggest road safety campaign. Every year, thousands of schools, organisations and communities get involved to share important road safety messages, remember people affected by road death and injury, and raise funds to help Brake care for more road victims and campaign for safe roads for everyone.

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

Age related milestones relevant to safeguarding children

This guide looks at the various ages for children that have some relevance to safeguarding. This guide shows different safeguarding milestones related to ages 5 all the way to 18.

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


Supporting new parents through adversity: Podcast

The first 100 days of a child’s life are crucial for their development and wellbeing. Having access to caring relationships and support networks can help a child’s brain develop in a healthy way. New parents who experience adversity, such as domestic abuse, may need additional help to build these support networks for their child.

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


Moving Forward with ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is referred to by NICE as a heterogeneous disorder that is characterised by the three core symptoms of impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Whilst the causes of ADHD are not fully understood, it is believed that a mix of genetic and environmental factors working together may likely be the cause.

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


Darren’s journey into hospital youth work

Talking to a young person about death must be one of the hardest jobs, but for youth worker Darren Meade, helping young people manage their complex or life limiting condition whilst also helping them to navigate all the usual challenges of being a teenager is all part of the role.

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


Winterbourne View: Video

An undercover investigation looked into deplorable standards of care at Winterbourne View.

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


Health & Safety


‘Let’s talk about speed’ announced as Brake’s road safety week 2023 theme

This year’s Road Safety Week takes place between 19 and 25 November 2023 and will bring communities and professionals together to talk about speed. Five people die on roads every day, so why do we still think it’s OK to speed? The 2023 campaign will start the conversation about why speeding is thought of as acceptable in some situations, what happens when we speed and why reducing speed saves lives.

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


Protecting health workers is a complex challenge, but emerging strategies show promise

The harmful consequences of violence and abuse against healthcare staff are widely recognised by hospital administrators. The daily reality of heightened aggression weighs heavily on staff focus, performance, and motivation; it increases sickness and absence; and makes retention and recruitment harder.

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


Britain: On the sick?

The amount of people not able to work because of sickness has risen sharply in recent years and is now at the highest level since records began. Stress, burnout and mental health problems are plaguing the workforce, while at the same time, the government wants to reduce the number of people out of work to boost the economy.

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


What is nitrous oxide and why is it being banned?

The government has made possession of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, a criminal offence in England and Wales. Its use soared during the pandemic, becoming one of the most-abused substances, especially by 16 to 24-year-olds. The ban was designed to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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


How is the pursuit of happiness impacting children’s mental health: Webinar

Research is revealing that a focus on being happy and having a happy life often has the opposite effect. This webinar is a chance to explore why this is, what it means for children and their mental and emotional health, and what they need instead.

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


Wider Curriculum


Snapchat: Snap AI chatbot ‘may risk children’s privacy’

Snapchat has been accused of a "worrying failure" to assess the potential privacy risks its AI chatbot poses to users - especially children - by the UK's data watchdog.

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


Dealing with stress and trauma for staff in education settings

There are two main sections: ‘things to do’ and ‘things to know’. Use this resource as works for you. The headline tips give rapid access advice and the drop-downs beneath each tip provide more detail. Pressure and daily hassles are a normal part of life. For some of us, repeated or accumulated stress can affect the way we live our lives and our ability to carry out our role in an education setting. For others, it may be that stress can bring back feelings related to trauma earlier in our lives, and this can be difficult to manage by ourselves.

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


Social care workers carrying out tasks previously undertaken by NHS, without extra funding, says directors

Trend means more people are being charged for care that was previously free and councils are facing additional pressures, with waiting lists rising, says ADASS

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


What are algorithms? How to prevent echo chambers and keep children safe online

Algorithms are an important part of social media feeds, but they can create echo chambers. These echo chambers lead to issues of online hate, misinformation and more.

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


Mental Health within different communities

We know that mental health is a universal human right. Despite this, some groups face more barriers to good mental health than others. We want to inform and equip people from different groups, so that everyone can look after their mental health in the best way possible for them.

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


Does discrimination play a role in fitness to practise processes?

With black, male and 40-plus social workers overrepresented in fitness to practise processes, we asked practitioners whether they thought discrimination played a role in this

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


Just 1 in 3 cancer sufferers are satisfied with employer support

Just a third of workers who have had cancer feel satisfied that their employer made ‘reasonable adjustments’ to their job to help them manage their long-term health condition, new research has revealed. The Opinium Research study, undertaken for back-to-work rehabilitation specialist Working To Wellbeing, found that only 36% of respondents were satisfied with the adjustments made.

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


Charity predicts 24,400 young people across England will face homelessness this winter

Some 24,400 young people will face homelessness this winter across England, according to predictions by a youth homelessness charity. Centrepoint said the true number could be higher due to so-called hidden homelessness such as sofa-surfing by people who do not present to local authorities as needing accommodation.

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

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