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Monday News Issue 110- 27th November 2023

"Two things you are in total control of in your life are your attitude and your effort"



Welcome to Issue 110 of Quest News. We have 11 hours of off-the-job training for our apprentices to read and learn.


Events this week:

November 27th- Cyber Monday 2023

December 1st- December 31st - Safe Toys & Gifts Month 2023

December 2nd- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2023

December 2nd- December 8th- National Grief Awareness Week 2023

December 3rd- International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023


Legislation/Regulation of the week

The Children Act 2004

The Children Act 2004 is an expansion of the 1989 Children Act. The 2004 Act reinforces that all people and organisations working with children have a duty to help safeguard children and protect their welfare. The main purpose of the Children Act 2004 is to make Britain a safer place for children.

(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

Because we hold their future in our hands

Children come into care suffering one of the most primal traumatic experiences, being separated from their mothers and fathers, on top of that they have experienced many acute adverse childhood experiences. Our role as a whole community is to prevent any further harm and to protect and repair their mental health and well-being.

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


Event of the week/month

National Grief Awareness Week 2023

National Grief Awareness Week is a compassionate and important observance dedicated to raising awareness about grief, providing support to those who are grieving, and fostering a better understanding of the grieving process. It acknowledges that grief is a natural response to loss and aims to break the stigma surrounding this deeply personal experience.

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

The Online Safety Act: what it means for children and professionals

The online world plays a huge role in the lives of children and young people. Social media ,online gaming, instant messaging platforms and image-sharing services enable children to interact with their peers, develop, pursue interests and connect with new communities. However these platforms also come with risk, including online abuse, grooming and exposure to content that is illegal or harmful.

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


Forced Marriage- signs and tactics

Managing cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse is all about managing risk and getting the risk assessment spot on. Professionals need to be aware of the potential triggers of FM and the cultural background of the person they are trying to safeguard. Perpetrators will go to great lengths to satisfy their ‘honour’ and professionals must be acutely aware of this when managing or meeting victims or potential victims of HBA and FM

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


Mental Health and care-experienced young people: are our mental health support services appealing and accessible?

Children in care are much more likely to experience mental health problems than young people in the general population. Early life experiences, such as abuse, neglect, parental drug-use or violence likely play a major part in this. So too could the instability that is often inherent in the care system. Supporting their mental health is essential to help them learn to cope with some of these difficult experiences and build resilience.

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


TikTok fined £296m over children’s data privacy

The complaint concerned how the social media app handled children's data in 2020 - particularly around age verification and privacy settings. It is the biggest fine to date TikTok has received from regulators.

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


Graham’s Story- Neglect of a Young Person with Special Needs: Video

21-year-old Lewis has profound learning difficulties. As a single parent, his mum Kate tries to balance her work and caring responsibilities. Lewis’s teenage brother takes on some of Lewis’s care until he moves out. Left alone with Lewis, Kate is struggling to cope.

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


Health & Safety

HSE publishes annual work-related ill health and injury statistics for 22/23

Nearly two million workers in Great Britain reported suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23. The statistics reveal that 1.8 million workers reported they were suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23, with approximately half of the cases down to stress, depression or anxiety.

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


Mitigating Health and safety risks with cyber security

Workplaces have now widely embraced the phenomenon of digital transformation with open arms. However despite the productivity and efficiency improvements that businesses can see, they themselves are prone to a plethora of emerging cyber security risks and threat.

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


‘I was addicted to social media- now I’m suing Big Tech’

Hundreds of families are suing some of the world's biggest technology companies - who, they say, knowingly expose children to harmful products. One plaintiff explains why they are taking on the might of Silicon Valley.

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


The risk to children when they disappear behind closed doors at Christmas: Webinar

As Christmas approaches and ‘tis the season to be jolly’, it is important that this certainly isn’t the case for everyone. This webinar explores children’s vulnerability and experiences behind closed doors at Christmas time.

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


Wider Curriculum

10% pay rise for thousands of acre workers as government announces national living wage rise

Many thousands of care workers in England will get a 10% pay rise next April after the government decided to increase its national living wage (NLW) from £10.42 to £11.44 an hour.

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


Working with parents-breaking down barriers to engagement: Podcast

This episode was recorded at a session, at Community Care Live 2023, run by Wiltshire Council, in front of a live audience. It features practitioners and the care-experienced young people and fathers whom they support and work with.

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


Shift work linked to mental health issues, China study finds

Shift work is linked to mental health issues and lifestyle factors can play a role, according to researchers in China. Data for nearly 176,000 workers revealed that shift work was significantly associated with a higher risk of depression and anxiety, and lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking habits, sedentary time, body mass index and sleep duration also had an effect. Shift frequency and individuals newly involved in shift work were also found to have a significant effect on whether workers develop depression and anxiety.

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


Dementia carers needed for £1.23 million UEA digital therapy platform

A new project to help carers looking after people with dementia hopes it will improve their mental health. Researchers at the University of East Anglia have created a digital therapy platform, for use on mobile devices, as part of the £1.23m project.

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


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