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Quest News: Issue 53 - 20th September 2022






"To be inspirational you don't have to save lives or win medals."

Queen Elizabeth II


Welcome to Issue 53 of Quest News! As you will be aware, the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II took place yesterday.


At Quest we join the Royal Family and the nation in their grief and offer the Royal Family our heartfelt condolences. For over seventy years she has dedicated her life to service for her country and the Commonwealth and been a figurehead of national unity and stability at a time of enormous change.


She has always led with a quiet determination and selfless dedication and has been all that is the very best in us. While being Monarch she has raised a loving family whom she adored, and they her. As HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh was to her, she has been our nation’s strength and stay.




Sector News and Updates


Social care sector joins tributes to Queen

ADASS says death of monarch may leave people needing care and support feeling more isolated and urges kindness in response, while Care England issues thanks for her support for charities and care services during reign.

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/09/social-care-sector-joins-tributes-to-queen/

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


Which? Investigates podcast: How can we reduce our energy bills?

We’re facing an unprecedented energy crisis. Over the last year numerous firms have gone bust, while bills are rising significantly. And that’s not all… in October prices are set to rise significantly again.

In this Which? Investigation we take a deep dive into the energy market. We’ll hear stories of those struggling to heat their homes, cook their food, and ask if there’s anything we can do to help lessen the impact of these soaring prices. Along the way Grace Forell also takes a look into the future to learn when the situation might improve, and what needs to happen in order to see our bills reduce.


https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/which-investigates-podcast-how-can-we-reduce-our-energy-bills-aiCik5n93CLs

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


Energy Walkaround: Reduce Carbon Footprint of your business

The Carbon Trust has produced an excellent Energy Walkaround checklist which you may find useful.

https://prod-drupal-files.storage.googleapis.com/documents/resource/public/Energy-walk-around-checklist.pdf

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


Children waiting up to six weeks to see social workers, as authority downgraded to ‘inadequate’

'Significant, widespread and systemic' front door weaknesses leaving children insufficiently protected at Nottingham, find inspectors, as DfE sends in improvement adviser.

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/09/children-waiting-up-to-six-weeks-to-see-social-workers-as-authority-downgraded-to-inadequate/

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



Social work in 2022: podcast

In the latest episode of our Employer Zone Insights podcast, Essex County Council senior managers Michelle Hayden-Pepper and Alison Ansell discuss how the authority is supporting its workforce through an eventful period in social work and look ahead to CC Live.

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/13/social-work-in-2022-podcast/

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


#WakeUpWednesday: Tips for Supporting Children in Dealing with Grief

As we mourn the loss of a popular public figure, it’s important that trusted adults feel able to help children and young people cope with grief. To assist you and your school community, we have prepared a special free guide with practical advice on supporting children during this potentially upsetting period.

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/tips-for-supporting-children-in-dealing-with-grief


In our second guide this week, we take a look back at the remarkable life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II - with a timeline charting the major landmarks, and quirkier events, of Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/the-life-of-queen-elizabeth-ii

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


Planned 20% Off the Job Activities


Legislation of the week – Working together to safeguard children 2018

Working Together to Safeguard Children (usually referred to as just Working Together) is statutory guidance produced by the government which outlines how practitioners working with children, young people and families should work together to ensure that children and young people remain safe from harm.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/942454/Working_together_to_safeguard_children_inter_agency_guidance.pdf

(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 – Football’s Darkest Secret

In November 2016, former footballer Andy Woodward came forward with a shocking tale of abuse that he suffered at the hands of his youth coach, Barry Bennell. In the storm that followed, hundreds of men made allegations against hundreds of their childhood coaches. 3 Episodes - Contains upsetting scenes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000ths2/footballs-darkest-secret-series-1-1-the-end-of-silence

(Available for 6 months)

(Watching these can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 180 mins)


Event of the week – Youth Mental Health Day 2022 September 22nd

Youth Mental Health Day encourages understanding and discussion of mental health in young people, enabling them to live happy and healthy lives all year round. Each year, the day aims to get young people, and those who support them, talking about how to improve mental health.

https://stem4.org.uk/youthmentalhealthday/

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



Approximate 20% off the job learning time this week: Approx. 7.5 hours

When recording any of this information please ensure that you reflect on what you have learned from completing the activity, use the link and the description of the activity completed.




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