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Quest News: Issue 54 - 26th September 2022




“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

A.A. Milne


Welcome to Issue 54! We have got the latest news and updates for those in childcare, adult care and education. We have information on the government mini budget, free training courses, videos to watch and examining safeguarding and safety. Don't forget we also have our planned off-the-job training for apprentices, over 8 hours of resources this week!


Sector News and Updates


Early years union tells DfE to strengthen childcare ratios not reduce them

Within its response to the consultation on relaxing childcare ratios, which closed last week, Community (the union for education and early years professionals) highlights its concerns around Government proposals to increase the number of children aged two and above, staff in childcare settings can care for.


https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/early-years-union-tells-dfe-to-strengthen-childcare-ratios-not-reduce-them

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/chancellor-s-comments-highlight-future-childcare-reforms

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 10 mins)


Adolescent suicide

YoungMinds has published an analysis of data on suicides in England from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Findings reveal a 35% rise in suicide rates among young people aged 15-19 in England as in 2021, 198 young people aged 15-19 in England took their own lives compared with 147 young people in 2020.


https://www.youngminds.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/charity-calls-for-urgent-government-support-as-teenage-suicide-rate-jumps-by-over-a-third/

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


Self-harm guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidance on assessing, managing, and preventing recurrence of self-harm in children, young people and adults. The guidance is aimed at professionals working with people who have self-harmed and people who use self-harm services. It includes information around: carrying out assessments appropriately; and ensuring continuity of care after self-harm.


https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG225

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


Social media and teaching

South Western Grid for London (SWGfL) has launched a new podcast series on online safety and education. The first episode talks with a maths teacher, various professionals and young adults about social media use.


https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/swgfl-launch-interface-a-new-podcast-series/

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 45 mins)


Guide to the draft Mental Health Bill

Lawyer Tim Spencer-Lane sets out how the bill would reform the Mental Health Act, including changes to safeguards.


https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/06/27/guide-to-the-draft-mental-health-bill/

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 45 mins)


British headteacher who groomed 131 children worldwide jailed for 20 months

Nicholas Clayton, 38, from The Wirral, used Facebook Messenger to contact children as young as 10, asking for photos and attempting to sexually abuse them.


https://news.sky.com/story/british-headteacher-who-groomed-131-children-worldwide-jailed-for-20-months-12703638

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


Youth Voice Census Report 2022

The Youth Voice Census is an annual temperature check on how young people in the UK feel about life, study, work and general prospects. Over 4,000 young people aged 11-30 took part in 2022.


https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/youth-voice-census

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


Coffey unveils £500m adult social care grant to free up hospital beds

Health and social care secretary reintroduces funding for hospital discharge - stopped in April - to tackle NHS blockages while also bolstering social care workforce.


https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/22/coffey-unveils-500m-adult-social-care-grant-to-free-up-hospital-beds/

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


Care sector ‘unsustainable’ without more support despite energy bills package, warn providers

Care England joins councils in welcoming 'much needed' energy costs relief for businesses, charities and public sector but says care homes still faces fourfold increase in bills

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/22/care-sector-unsustainable-without-more-support-despite-energy-bills-package-warn-providers/

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


#WakeUpWednesday: What Parents Need to Know about Reddit

Over the last ten years, Reddit’s monthly user count has grown from 70 million to an estimated 430 million. Around two-thirds of that total are in the 18–29 age bracket, which adds up to a lot of fairly young people discussing … well, pretty much whatever they want. It’s easy to see how that environment might not always be suitable for younger users.


Unsurprisingly, age-inappropriate content is therefore a common risk on Reddit, and – as this week’s #WakeUpWednesday guide explains – it’s not in isolation. Constant distracting notifications, online harassment and uninvited contact from strangers are also among the threats that young people might encounter through using Reddit.


https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/reddit

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


Free Wound Care Training

Available until October 3rd 2022, simply sign up at the website below from Social Care TV to access the free training.


https://www.social-care.tv/main/free-course-enrollment2

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



Planned Off-the-Job Training


Legislation of the week – The Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporates the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic British law. The Human Rights Act came into force in the UK in October 2000.


https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights/human-rights-act

(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 – Panorama The Energy Crisis: Who's Cashing In?

It is being described as a national emergency. Energy bills are soaring and families across the UK are struggling to cope. Millions are falling into fuel poverty and are wondering how they will heat their homes in winter. But not everyone is suffering from the energy crisis. Reporter Bronagh Munro investigates the big companies that are profiting from rising bills and asks whether some are cashing in at our expense.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001bv5w/panorama-the-energy-crisis-whos-cashing-in

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


Event of the week – September 26 European Day of Languages 2022

The European Day of Languages is celebrated every year on 26th September. Now in its seventeenth year, the European Day of Languages.

Throughout Europe, 700 million Europeans are represented in the Council of Europe's 46 member states and all are encouraged to discover more languages at any age, as part of or alongside their studies. This stems from the Council of Europe’s conviction that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent. Therefore, the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September - together with the European Commission.


https://edl.ecml.at/

(This can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Completing activities Approx. 60 mins)




Approximate 20% off the job learning time this week: 8 hours





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