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Quest News Issue 52: 12th September 2022



"When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future."


Queen Elizabeth II


Welcome to Issue 52 of Quest News. The tragic news last week of Queen Elizabeth II's death was very sad for all of us. We at Quest will be mourning the loss of the Queen on the new bank holiday Monday 19th September.


We hope you find this week's sector news and updates interesting, and we have also got a lot of planned off-the-job resources below.


Sector News and Updates


How to talk to your young child about death, loss and grief

BBC have released about talking to children about death following the very sad news of losing the queen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/talking-to-child-about-death/zmh88hv

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


Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings (Ofsted)

Ofsted say that this document has been updated to reflect the recent changes to the DfE guidance 'Keeping children safe in education' specifically with regard to:

preventing and responding to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children evidencing whether governing bodies and proprietors do all they reasonably can to limit children’s exposure to risks through the setting’s IT system; and

clarifying that references to “staff” includes supply teachers, volunteers, tutors and contractors.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inspecting-safeguarding-in-early-years-education-and-skills/inspecting-safeguarding-in-early-years-education-and-skills

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


#WakeUpWednesday: What parents need to know about Roblox

Over the past decade, Roblox has become one of the world’s most popular platforms for young gamers. It’s certainly among the most commercially successful: during one three-month period in 2020, for example, players spent a staggering £200 million on in-game purchases. The possible financial costs, however, aren’t the only area to have caused concern.


How are some sections of Roblox unsuitable for young players? Why aren’t private or VIP servers a water-tight defence against strangers? Who are ODers and why should children be wary of them? Why is it a good idea to disable the private messaging function? Updated for 2022, our #WakeUpWednesday guide to Roblox has the answers.

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/roblox-2022

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


Sexual abuse and adolescent mental health NSPCC podcast

NSPCC Learning has released a new podcast episode, focused on the findings of a UK study into adolescent mental health and wellbeing after sexual abuse. NSPCC Senior Research and Evaluation Officer Chloe Gill spoke to two of the report’s authors, Dr Helen Beckett and Dr Debbie Allnock. The podcast looked at how the study maintained a trauma-informed approach and findings around young people’s experiences of how sexual abuse impacted their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2022/september/podcast-researching-mental-health-adolescents-experienced-child-sexual-abuse

(Listening to and reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 60 mins)


Truss announces £2,500 cap on average annual energy bills until 2024

Public sector bodies, charities and business to get equivalent support for six months, says prime minister, as BASW members' survey illustrates gravity of cost of living crisis for social workers and those they support.

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/08/truss-announces-2500-cap-on-average-annual-energy-bill-until-2024

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


Liz Truss appoints cabinet ministers for social care

Kit Malthouse will take responsibility for children's services and Thérèse Coffey adult social care as sector battles cost of living crisis and staffing shortages, while facing substantial policy change

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/07/liz-truss-appoints-cabinet-ministers-for-social-care/

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


Planned 20% Off the Job Activities


Legislation of the week – Sexual Offences Act 2003

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It covers the non-consensual offences of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. It defines “consent” and “sexual” and sets out evidential and conclusive presumptions about consent.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 45 mins and please remember to review this in your policy review workbook)


Video of the week – Britain’s hidden children’s homes - BBC Newsnight

Thousands of teenagers in care are living in unregulated homes and being "abandoned to organised crime gangs", Newsnight is told.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQIjwpcc2sk

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


Event of the week – Pension Awareness 2022 September 12 - September 16

The UK is facing a challenge we are not saving enough for the future. We all want to retire someday and you can’t keep relying on that lottery win to see you through the time has come to take your future into your hands.

https://www.pensionawarenessday.com/

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



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