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Monday News Issue 123- 18th March 2024

"Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are"



Events this week:

 March 18th- Global Recycling Day 2024

March 18th- March 24th- Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024

March 20th- World Oral Health Day 2024

March 20th- International Day of Happiness 2024

March 21st- World Down Syndrome Day 2024

March 22nd- World Water Day 2024

March 22nd- World Poetry Day 2024

March 24th- World TB Day 2024

 

Legislation/Regulation of the week

New offences added to the Online Safety Act come into force

Abusers, trolls, and predators online now face a fleet of tough new jailable offences from today, as offences for ‘cyberflashing’, sending death threats, and ‘epilepsy-trolling’ are written into the statute book after the Online Safety Act gained Royal Assent. These new criminal offences will protect people from a wide range of abuse and harm online, including threatening messages, the non-consensual sharing of intimate images known as ‘revenge porn’, and sending fake news that aims to cause non-trivial physical or psychological harm.

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

Please remember to review this in your policy/legislation review workbook)

 

Videos of the week

Escape from extinction

Dame Helen Mirren narrates this timely documentary about conservation. Includes rare footage of endangered animals and interviews with world-leading animal welfare experts

(Watching this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 100 mins)

 

Event of the week/month

Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual. When it comes to inclusion, neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognised and respected as all other human variations. Approximately 15-20% of population has a neurological difference. Instead of labelling people with deficits or disorders, when we use the term neurodiversity, we take a balanced view of an individual’s unique strengths and challenges. Many ‘challenges’ neurodivergent people face are more to do with the environment and systems they are placed in, often designed by a majority population.

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


Safeguarding & ED & I

Understanding how social care assesses older LGBTQ+ people for support: Webinar

This webinar presented the findings from the LGBTQ+ Older Adult Social Care Assessment (LOASCA) study conducted at the University of Birmingham. This co-produced study focuses on the ways social care workers engage with sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in social care assessments. This webinar provides a detailed understanding about how social care practitioners navigate discussions around SOGI, uncovering the challenges and successes encountered in assessments.

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

 

Banter or Bullying?

The Anti-Bullying Alliance, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, conducted research on banter and bullying in UK schools. A survey of nearly 900 teachers revealed that 26% consider banter a serious issue in their schools, but 84% received no training to address it. The lack of training makes it challenging for teachers to discern when banter becomes bullying.

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

 

County Lines Rescue and Response

Early detection and preventative education is key to identifying and supporting young people and adults who get caught up in county lines. Young people that become involved in criminality are often exploited, groomed or coerced into offending and so should correctly be identified and supported as a victim not a perpetrator by professionals and services who work with them. London metropolitan police in conjunction with charities working with young people living in the London area have formed the Rescue and Response: one to one specialist intensive support for young people who have got caught up in exploitation, with other forces also responding with similar projects across their regions.

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

 

Cyber security and Safeguarding your provision

The UK has seen a 103% increase in known attacks in the last year, and education is one of the country’s most attacked sectors, with Colleges and Universities proving to be the most vulnerable, in 2023 alone, 82% of colleges and 85% higher education institutions identified breaches or attacks -FE news. With sites such as FE News reporting on a worrying trend of cyber security and ransomware attacks on the UK’s further education sector, there is a growing importance to ensure your provisions IT systems are safe and secure.

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

 

Working in partnership with parents and carers - some key strategies to help with this!

Discover the significance of collaborating with parents and learn effective strategies for doing so. Studies indicate that engaging parents and caregivers in their children’s education is the primary factor in facilitating success, irrespective of background. Establishing a partnership with parents and caregivers is pivotal in the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The collaboration often commences with their visit to your establishment, aiding in understanding how to effectively settle the child.

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

 

Assessments: Learning from case reviews

Assessments help professionals to identify strengths, needs, risks and protective factors in the lives of the children and families they work with. They are an essential part of planning, deciding, and reviewing what action needs to be taken to support or safeguard children.

 (Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 200 mins)

 

Health & Safety

Mental health - improving mental health in babies, children and young people.

The mental well-being of babies, children, and young people (BCYP) plays a pivotal role in shaping their present and future health, as well as their broader life prospects. The early stages of the life journey, spanning from birth to young adulthood (0 to 25 years), present crucial opportunities for fostering and safeguarding mental health.

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

 

How much water should you drink in a day?

You might think the question 'how much water should I drink?' is a simple one. The trouble is, the question may be straightforward but the answer isn't. How much water you need depends on lots of factors - your age, size, and level of physical activity, medical problems you have and medicines you take. It also depends on how much water you eat through your food.

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

 

Care home fined following death of vulnerable resident

A care home operator has been fined £400,000 for safety breaches, following the death of a vulnerable resident at a care home in Scotland. On the night of 16 December 2021, Susan Greens, a resident at Springfield Bank Care Home, could not be found on the premises. Following a search around the site in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh, care assistants found the 95-year-old in her nightwear lying in an external courtyard. Mrs Greens had fallen and struck her head in the courtyard where she had been in the cold for some time. She was admitted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and sadly died in hospital two days later.

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

 

Inside 'mental health bank' helping children in 'crisis'

The Jade Youth and Community Centre has received referrals from GPs to treat children with serious mental health issues due to long NHS waiting lists. The Jade Centre compares the service it offers to that of food banks.

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


Wider Curriculum

Social workers expecting ‘significant cuts’ to social care funding over coming year

Despite the government increasing social care grants by £1.9bn in 2024-25, most social workers expect resources to be reduced significantly in their area

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

 

Early Years Education in Kent – supporting settings to embed inclusive practice

The proposed model aims to ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children have their needs identified accurately and assessed in a more timely and effective way, so they receive the right support, in the right place and at the right time. Get involved by visiting the KCC website where you can complete the survey and get further information on forthcoming virtual forums.

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

 

Apprenticeships lead to success for these United Legends

In the world of football, legends are often born from humble beginnings. Two of the most iconic figures in Manchester United’s history. But did you know Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, began their careers with apprenticeships. Laying the foundation for their remarkable journeys to greatness. Their stories serve as an inspiration to young and aspiring adults. Showing that hard work and dedication can lead to a great career path.

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

 

Older people routinely having rights breached because of failure to tackle ‘huge’ backlog, warns charity

Many people unlawfully deprived of liberty due to resource gap, BIA shortages and culture of focusing on safety, not rights, along with government's failure to reform system, says Age UK

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

 

Sustainability

An introduction to Sustainability- The Global Goals

IN 2015, WORLD LEADERS AGREED TO 17 GLOBAL GOALS.

We’re at halftime and only 15% of the #GlobalGoals are on track. COVID-19, the cost of living, conflict, the climate crisis – such as floods, heatwaves, wildfires – have set us back, but hope remains. We’re joining the United Nations for the critical SDG Halftime Campaign this year, because any match is won in the second half. Let’s regroup, re-energize and win together.

We all know that we face big challenges in today’s world: poverty, hunger, inequality and climate change are just some of the issues we need to address urgently.

Big challenges need bold action to overcome them, and that is where the Global Goals come in. They are a plan agreed to by all world leaders to build a greener, fairer, better world by 2030, and we all have a role in achieving them.

The 17 Global Goals:

·        No Poverty

·        Zero Hunger

·        Good Health and Well- Being

·        Quality Education

·        Gender Equality

·        Clean Water & Sanitation

·         Affordable & Clean Energy

·        Decent Work & Economic Growth

·        Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

·        Reduced Inequalities

·        Sustainable Cities & Communities 

·        Responsible consumption and production

·        Climate Action

·        Life under Water

·        Life on Land

·        Peace, Justice and strong institutions

·        Partnerships for the Goals 

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

 

Is a fairer, healthier, more sustainable world closer than we think?

The builders of tomorrow need to believe that a better world is possible. They need to grow up with a deep connection to the natural world around them. They should be proud of their values but also appreciate the different values of others, recognise injustice immediately and be driven to do something about it. They need to know what change means and who must be involved. They should know their role in individual, collective and political action, whilst simultaneously being able to manage their own resilience and emotional well-being.

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

 

An Idiot’s guide to change the world- Bold Leadership: Podcast (Episode 1)

In this episode former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson teaches us a thing or two about communicating with people who might not share our values, and tells us why the future lies with women in leadership. And over in the USA, Chi Ossé – the youngest member of the New York City Council – is an advocate for the importance of getting people involved in local politics, and says that if you think something needs changing you might be the person to get it done. 



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



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