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Monday News Issue 116- 22nd January 2024

" I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination"



Welcome to Issue 116 of Quest News. We have 13 hours of off-the-job training for our apprentices in care and education to read and learn.

 

Events this week:

January 22nd- January 28th- Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2024

January 27th- Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

January 27th- Parent Mental Health Day 2024

January 28th- National Leprosy Day 2024

 

Legislation/Regulation of the week

The Health and Social Care Act 2008

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 established the Care Quality Commission as the regulator of all health and adult social care services. It is a single Act of Parliament that sets out our powers and duties, and represents the modernisation and integration of health and social care. It contains some powers of enforcement that were not held by any of the predecessor organisations.

(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 Social Dilemma

This documentary explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

(Watching this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 90 mins)

 

Event of the week/month

Parent Mental Health Day 2024

stem4, a charity that supports young people to build positive mental health, is proud to be the UK founder of Parent Mental Health Day, which started in 2022. The Cost of Living Crisis, which so closely followed the pandemic, and increased concerns about digital harms, rising rates of mental ill health and the impact of stretched services have further increased parent and carer anxiety and, in some cases, helplessness and hopelessness. Parent Mental Health Day 2024 is an opportunity for parents and carers to acknowledge and discuss their struggles and share in their achievements of connecting positively with each other and the whole family, and to learn ways to connect positively to maximise young people’s mental health. 

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

Safeguarding Across the world: Student Stress

A headteacher discusses the downsides of the pressure to achieve high grades in Japan and how students are taught to guard against risky online behaviour. The main issues we see relate to the pressure to succeed academically, staying safe online and, to a lesser extent, domestic conflicts. In Japan, the pressure to “succeed” is culturally significant and has led to many safeguarding cases relating to self-harm. We therefore focus strongly on offering several pathways that best suit the needs of students rather than forcing students to follow a single path.

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

 

NSPCC teams up with Lego for children’s online safety project

Bradford schoolchildren have been learning about digital footprints and online safety while playing with LEGO bricks. A Games Jam at Hollingwood Primary School saw 30 pupils designing and creating games themed around online safety. The event was part of an ongoing partnership between the NSPCC and LEGO Group

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


Safe Sport: Small steps for big impact

Sport must be a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all children, especially to achieve protection outcomes in sport for development projects. We love sport! It is not an exaggeration when we say that the majority of humans love sport and movement. Yet, when things go wrong, the enjoyment and positive values that sport holds can be countered by abuse, exploitation, and aggression

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


Age discrimination is commonplace at work

Age discrimination is most commonly occurring at work, according to research published alongside a campaign to tackle ageism in England. Thirty-seven per cent of people in their 50s and 60s who experienced age discrimination in the past 12 months said this most commonly happened in the workplace, the Centre for Ageing Better found. People in this age group also experienced ageism on social media, television, movies and news reports (32%), and as consumers (32%).

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

 

Introduction to transitional Safeguarding: Video

This digital briefing is for those working with adolescents (10-24 years old). The film describes what Transitional Safeguarding is, why it is essential to develop and embed it, in order to safeguard young people into adulthood.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 50 mins)

 

Consent and assent: Tip sheet resources

Informed consent and assent are fundamental to implementing safeguarding practices. This tip sheet provides clarification between “consent” and “assent” in report handling of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH) cases and explains the difference between the two.

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

 

Health & Safety

Seasonal Affective Disorder- How to help your staff

We look at how Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD syndrome) can impact staff and provide advice on how to deal with it from wellbeing luminary, Sir Cary Cooper. Sometimes known as ‘winter depression’ because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter, SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern

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

 

Workplace wellbeing for today and tomorrow: Podcast

We speak to wellbeing luminary Sir Cary Cooper about how professionals can positively influence wellbeing in the post-pandemic workplace.

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


The impact of burnout

Burnout, moral injury and moral distress are bubbling up in the workplace. But how are these concepts connected? Research on these ideas has typically only been undertaken into the experiences of people working in the military and healthcare – those who are required to make decisions with life-or-death implications. But now the impact of moral injury and moral distress is beginning to be explored in the wider workforce.

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


Commuting to work by bicycle reduces mental ill health

It is well known that physical activity has a positive effect on mental health, but there is some debate over whether the domain in which individuals take part in physical activity is important. For example, does engaging in active travel to work have the same benefits as walking or cycling in your leisure time? Research shows that cycling to work, when compared to all other modes of commute, reduces the likelihood of experiencing mental ill-health - specifically anxiety and depression.

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


Wider Curriculum

Why walking your dog can help improve your mental health?

Dogs love daily walks because they get to sniff, exercise and spend quality time with their owners - and if they’re lucky, chase a tennis ball too. The good news is that owners also receive the benefits of these walks, as spending time in nature, exercising and getting fresh air can work wonders for our mental health.

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

 

Exciting new cancer drug kinder than chemotherapy

Some children with cancer are receiving a new type of drug treatment far less toxic than chemotherapy. Arthur, 11, is one of the first to try it, at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, for his blood cancer. His family call the therapy "a little bit of sunshine", since it worked without making Arthur feel much sicker.

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

 

Four in ten adult care providers reduced services last year due to cost pressures

Almost 20% of providers made redundancies in 2023, amid severe staffing shortages, as most say council fee rises did not cover last year's increase in the national living wage. Over four in ten adult social care providers closed parts of their organisation or handed back contracts last year because of cost pressures, driven in particular by staffing shortages, a survey has found.

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

 

A year in review: what happened in social work in 2023

We take a look back at the articles that resonated the most with social workers during 2023. From the government’s proposed national rules to cap the use of agency workers and World Social Work Day to social work students’ financial struggles and journalists’ reflections after spending a day shadowing practitioners, here’s 2023 in review.

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

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