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Monday News Issue 111- 4th December 2023

"A little progress each day adds up to big results"


Events this week:

December 5th- International Volunteers Day 2023

December 7th- Christmas Jumper Day 2023

December 9th- International Anti-Corruption Day 2023

December 10th- International Animal Rights Day 2023

December 10th- Human Rights Day 2023


Legislation/Regulation of the week

Online Safety Act 2023

The online safety act 2023 has just recently become law passing through all the necessary stages and official becoming law earlier this month. The new laws take a zero-tolerance approach to protecting children from online harm, while empowering adults with more choices over what they see online. The Act places legal responsibility on tech companies to prevent and rapidly remove illegal content, like terrorism and revenge pornography. They will also have to stop children seeing material that is harmful to them such as bullying, content promoting self-harm and eating disorders, and pornography. If they fail to comply with the rules, they will face significant fines that could reach billions of pounds, and if they don’t take steps required by Ofcom to protect children, their bosses could even face prison.

(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

Afghanistan: No Country for Women

After the Taliban’s public promises of change, Ramita Navai goes undercover to powerfully expose the reality of life for women living under their rule.

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


Event of the week/month

Christmas Jumper Day 2023

Christmas Jumper Day will take place on Thursday 7 December 2023. But you can celebrate on whatever day works for you! It's time to put on your Christmas jumper and help kids in the UK and around the world get the best future ever. It’s been a really scary time for lots of children this year, so getting involved is more important than ever.

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


Safeguarding & ED & I


Uncertain times: Anxiety in the UK and how to tackle it

Anxiety has become one of the most talked about topics in mental health. While it’s good that anxiety is getting more attention, many myths and confusion surround the topic.

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


Early Years and the transition into primary school: Video

In this session our speakers will bring the knowledge and expertise from their practice to explore what it means to be school ready during this key Early Years milestone. Sharing the experience of the child and their parents or carers will be at the centre of our discussions. As will the need for an inclusive approach to transition and the importance of play.

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


The importance of supporting children’s mental health

We often talk about what it’s like to have poor mental health, but we should also recognise what good mental health looks like too. When you look after your mental health, you can be happy, content and peaceful in your own mind. It will be easier to go about daily life and enjoy activities, hobbies, and interests. It also helps to make us more resilient so, should we experience anxiety or stress, we’re better equipped to handle it.

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


Mood and Anxiety disorders in the children of depressed parents: Podcast

In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Vicky Powell discusses her JCPP Advances paper ‘Following the children of depressed parents from childhood to adult life: A focus on mood and anxiety disorders’.

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


How to talk to your children about hate speech

Hate speech has a long history, but the growth of online communications means that it can now spread far and fast. Whether in person or online, almost all children and young people will encounter hate speech at some time.

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


Health & Safety


Winter Safety in the workplace: Webinar

Winter brings with it a wide range of health and safety hazards which can impact on the running of a business and threaten safety in and around workplace premises. Webinar will be broadcasted on Wednesday, 13th December at 11:00am

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


Protecting healthcare 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)


Cold weather working: Helping workers stay safe and warm

Employers are being reminded of their responsibilities to keep workers safe as the first spell of cold weather is set to hit the country. Great Britain’s workplace regulator, the Health and Safety Executive, is stressing the importance of protecting workers during the cold weather. It comes as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow for parts of the UK.

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


Effective first aid preparedness in the workplace

Over half (55 percent) of employees don’t receive first aid or CPR/AED training from their employer. This lack of training makes employees more susceptible to severe injuries (and the productivity and performance challenges that often accompany them).

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


Wider Curriculum


Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT creator expresses concern about under regulation

Speaking at an AI event in Taipei, the CEO of the startup OpenAI said in the tech industry there is a "reflexive anti-regulation thing". He also said although he was not too worried about government over-regulation, it could happen.

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


‘She’s been a mother figure to me’: a care leaver and social workers story- Video

In this video for our Choose Social Work campaign, Jenny Molloy talks to Lizzie and her former social worker, Janet, about the special relationship they built when Lizzie was preparing to leave care, that continues today.

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


The Covid kids starting schools are unable to speak

Data from health visitor checks in England for 2022-2023 shows nearly 15% of children aged 24 to 30 months were below the expected level in communication skills, a rise from 11% in 2018. At the age of five, children with speech and language difficulties are six times less likely to achieve expected targets in English, and 11 times less likely to achieve maths targets by the end of primary school.

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


Can writing a diary protect your mental health?

When the government's chief scientific adviser started a "brain dump" of diary entries on the Covid crisis in 2020, he says he did not expect - or want - it to be published. Instead, Sir Patrick Vallance said his private notes on the UK's pandemic response were intended to protect his mental health at the end of long days helping ministers.

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



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