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Monday News Issue 117- 29th January 2024

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts"


Welcome to Issue 117 of Quest News. We have 12 hours of off-the-job training for our apprentices in care and education to read and learn.


Events this week:

January 30th- February 6th – National Storytelling Week 2024

February 1st- National Freedom Day 2024

February 1st- Dignity Action Day 2024

February 1st- Time To Talk Day 2024

February 1st- February 29th – LGBT History Month

February 1st- February 29th- Black History Month (US)

February 2nd- NSPCC Number Day 2024

February 4th- World Cancer Day 2024

 

Legislation/Regulation of the week

The Equality Act 2010

Race is one of 9 'protected characteristics' covered by discrimination law (Equality Act 2010).Race discrimination includes direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Race discrimination can happen in any aspect of work. It can result from decisions made at work or from how people behave towards each other. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

(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

Martin Luther King 

To mark 55 years since the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Trevor McDonald travels to America's Deep South to discover more about the man who inspired him and many others around the world.

(Watching this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 70 mins)

 

Event of the week/month

LGBT History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. The theme for LGBT History Month 202 is Medicine #UnderTheScope. LGBT History Month 2024 will be an opportunity to celebrate the lives and work of LGBT healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine. It will also be a time to examine the health inequalities that LGBT people have experienced historically and still face today. 

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

Children contacting ChildLine about AI- generated online harms

Young people are contacting Childline about AI-generated child sexual abuse material, the NSPCC has said as it announced a new partnership aimed at championing child safety during the development of new AI technology. The children’s charity said young people had also contacted Childline about harm linked to generative AI, including the spread of misinformation and bullying.

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

 

What is the deep and dark web?

During our student presentations over the past year, we have noted an increase in the number of questions from both middle school and high school students about the “Dark Web”. Why is this happening? – we hypothesize that media, in all its forms, is shining a light on this part of the internet which may spark a teen’s curiosity to search it out online.  Given the mystique surrounding the Deep/Dark Web, and the fact that teens are curious about what they can find online, we thought this chapter would be important for parents.

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


Addiction and substance use

This review will discuss what we currently know about drug use among young people, highlighting what we don’t know or where there is uncertainty in relation to the evidence. Irrespective of the age group it is just as important to be aware of what we don’t know as what we can be more confident about

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


How does pornography harm children

Viewing pornography and other pornographic content can have a big impact on young people and children. From their understanding of sex and relationships, to the way they think about their own body, pornography has the powerful ability to distort understandings.  

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

 

Why you should use an anonymous reporting tool

An anonymous reporting tool empowers your community to speak up safely without fear of repercussions or “whistle blowing”. Whisper provides an anonymous reporting tool available to everyone; staff, students and parents. This gives you greater visibility of issues that may otherwise go unreported allowing your community to report issues without fear of consequences.

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


Child bereavement support: Podcast

In this episode, we speak with Emma Kneebone, Deputy CEO & Head of Bereavement Services at 2wish, to discuss how 2wish started and the work they now do to support parents and families who experience, the sudden death of a child or young person.

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

 

Health & Safety

Workplace wellbeing is for life- Not just January!

Employers are being asked to show their awareness that January is a time where employees take stock and make important life and career decisions, which can impact mental wellbeing.

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

 

New research reveals link between safety climate & sickness absence

Sickness absence from work remains a huge problem, with consequences for companies, societies, individuals and their dependents. This study aimed to investigate the scientific gap concerning the importance of the safety climate at work for the risk of LTSA in the general working population, as well as in occupations characterised by shorter education and/or physically demanding work.

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


NHS helps tens of thousands of people with mental health problems into work

More than 40,000 people with mental health problems are being supported back into employment thanks to an NHS programme, new data shows. The figures come alongside a new campaign launching today urging more people to sign up for help they might need through the NHS Talking Therapies service. As part of a pilot programme across the country, currently 40,000 people are being linked up with employment advisors to support them back into work.

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

 

How to evaluate mental health in your organisation

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem each year (Mind, 2017). The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that depression will become the world’s most common illness by 2030 (2011), and the UN estimates that nearly one billion people globally are living with a mental health disorder (2022).

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


Wider Curriculum

New activities for the new year: why switch up your exercise

Most of us have our favourite physical activities. But trying something new, or varying the exercise we do, can make a real difference to many areas of our overall health and fitness. We look at why you should switch up your exercise routine and try something different this new year.

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

 

Two-thirds of social workers say their practice is influenced by fear of the media, finds survey

Almost two-thirds of social workers have been influenced by fear of adverse media coverage when approaching cases, a Community Care survey has found. Of 151 respondents, almost 28% said they or a colleague had been influenced many times by the thought of the media catching wind of something going wrong with a case, while 35% said this had happened a few times.

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

 

Why spending time outdoors can improve your health

When it's cold and dark out, it's tempting to stay inside and curl up on the sofa instead of going out for some fresh air. But being outdoors has been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while increasing mood and improving mental health. And whether you're walking, running or pottering in the garden, being outside is increasingly being prescribed by health professionals to improve people's well-being.

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

 

Falls prevention: 10 top tips

Falls prevention is an important consideration for anyone who is supporting an older person. One in three people over 65 will have at least one fall every year, and the risk rises to one in two for people who are over 80. As we age, falls become more dangerous. Older people may be less able to recover from the damage caused by falls, and the initial injury can be the start of a serious decline in health, both physical and mental. However, falls aren’t inevitable. There are actions that we can take to reduce the risk.

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

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