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Quest News: Issue 55 - 4th October 2022



“Giant leaps often start with small steps”


Welcome to Issue 55 of Quest News! We have got a lot of great sector news and updates below, including scrapping of IR35 in social care, digital solutions for care records, and guidance on choosing clubs for children. We have over 10 hours of OTJ below for apprentices in care, education and business!



Sector News and Updates


Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 - Translations (LGfL)

Our friends at the London Grid for Learning have translated Part One and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 into thirteen community languages:

  • Arabic

  • Bengali

  • Chinese (Simplified)

  • Chinese (Traditional)

  • Gujarati

  • Polish

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • Punjabi

  • Romanian

  • Somali

  • Spanish

  • Ukrainian

  • Urdu


These translations were carried out by professional linguist with secondary proofing. However, the original English version should be treated as the official source of statutory school staff duties.


The translated documents can be accessed here:

https://national.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsie/kcsietranslate

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


Keeping children safe during community activities, after-school clubs and tuition: Questions to help parents and carers choose out-of-school settings

As we start a new school year, parents may well be looking for after-school clubs, theatre groups or sports’ clubs. The DfE has a document that helps parents identify the safeguarding issues to consider when choosing a provider. Keeping children safe during community activities, after-school clubs and tuition: Questions to help parents and carers choose out-of-school settings.


Parents can access the guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-safeguarding-children-in-out-of-school-settings/keeping-children-safe-during-community-activities-after-school-clubs-and-tuition-questions-to-help-parents-and-carers-choose-out-of-school-settings

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


Eating Disorders Resources (Beat)

Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has opened a new free e-learning platform for all school staff. SPOT (School Professionals Online Training) helps school staff with the information they need to recognise an eating disorder, refer a pupil for treatment, and support them through their recovery journey.


SPOT is designed so that school staff can learn on their terms, from experts by personal and professional experience as well as their peers. The platform provides interactive e-learning modules and webinar videos delivered by expert clinicians, as well as downloadable lesson plans and other resources. Clinicians and lived experience trainers (people who’ve had eating disorders themselves and recovered) host weekly Q&A sessions. Users also have the chance to speak with other school professionals through chat rooms.


Find out more about SPOT here: https://elearn.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

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


Kwarteng scraps IR35 rules for agency social workers

Changes mean locum staff paid through companies - not employers - will be responsible for ensuring they comply with taxation requirements from April 2023.


https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/23/kwarteng-scraps-ir35-rules-for-agency-social-workers/

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Most social workers out of pocket from inadequate mileage allowances, survey finds

Vast majority of practitioners say employers not mitigating impact of cost of living crisis on them, with most who gave figures at least £100 out of pocket each month for petrol.


https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/23/social-workers-inadequate-mileage-allowances-cost-of-living-crisis/

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


Blister pack recycling scheme

If pharmacy teams are never quite sure how to answer customers’ queries about recycling medicine blister packs – does the metal foil mean they can’t go in with the plastics? – then help is at hand!


https://www.tmmagazine.co.uk/latest/new-blister-pack-recycling-scheme

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How the Healthcare Sector can be more sustainable

A lot of talk about sustainability centers on the individual, and what the average person can do to protect the environment

https://www.sustainthemag.com/wellness/how-the-healthcare-sector-can-become-more-sustainable

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


LET'S START SAVING FOOD

Our mission? To make sure good food gets eaten, not wasted. Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers - just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets customers buy and collect Magic Bags of this food - at a great price - directly from businesses.


https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb

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


Crisp packet project

Here at the main crisp packet project HQ we have all you need to get you started on your crisp packets journey. This is a world wide project and we are all volunteers. Giving new life to one use plastics and helping someone that has nothing living on the street.


https://crisppacketproject.com/

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


New report: digital transformation vital to meet future aged care needs

The UK care sector must embrace digital transformation if workers, patients, residents, carers, and clinicians are to be ready for the future needs of the ageing population, according to a new report published on World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September 2022).


https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/new-report-digital-transformation-vital-to-meet-future-aged-care-needs/

https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/events/

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


Conceal Don’t Feel, Don’t Let It Show

Understanding and Acceptance of Autism Spectrum Condition


https://childcareeducationexpo.co.uk/conceal-dont-feel-dont-let-it-show/

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


Police open investigation into abuse at mental health hospital revealed by BBC

Undercover Panorama probe finds staff assaulting, inappropriately restraining and verbally abusing patients at Edenfield Centre run by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.


https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2022/09/28/police-opens-investigation-into-abuse-at-mental-health-hospital-revealed-by-bbc/

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


20 staff members reportedly suspended at mental health unit for alleged patient abuse

Twenty staff members are believed to have been suspended at a NHS mental health unit after allegations of abuse. Police have begun a criminal investigation which centres on a facility in the grounds of the former Prestwich Hospital in Bury.


A Panorama undercover investigation has found evidence that a secure NHS psychiatric hospital is failing to protect some of its vulnerable patients. Secret filming reveals evidence of a toxic staff culture, patients being taunted and bullied, inappropriate use of restraint and falsification of important medical paperwork. Experts who have reviewed Panorama's findings have questioned the hospital’s safety, saying the evidence suggests its core therapeutic mission is being corrupted.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001ckxr/panorama-undercover-hospital-patients-at-risk

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


Girl is refused lunch at school because she didn't have a tie

Rio-Anne had nothing to eat all day when staff told her she must be wearing proper uniform to be allowed a meal.


https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/girl-refused-lunch-school-because-7641411?fbclid=IwAR18FL7lsDdrlx2WisZwMWeKsV_pga9pUWCZoKOg-o6qjYaSSFQmPSv0I2k

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


‘Serious failures’ at council-run children’s home as ‘young people are not protected’

The children's home had previously been rated 'outstanding' in a May 2021 inspection


https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/sussex-council-childrens-ofsted-failures-7637348

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Planned 20% Off the Job Activities


Legislation of the week – COSHH

COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health and includes nanomaterials. You can prevent or reduce workers' exposure to hazardous substances by: finding out what the health hazards are; deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);


https://www.hse.gov.uk/nanotechnology/coshh.htm

(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 – Subnormal – A British Scandal

In the 1960s, while young black adults were getting to grips with the struggle for black power and a long fightback against police abuse was starting, the majority of West Indian migrants were keeping their heads down. They were working hard and counting on providing better opportunities and education for their children. However, in a white-dominated country, where the politics were becoming increasingly racialised, there was a question of how society, and its teachers, saw these young black children.

Before having a chance to develop intellectually, they were labelled as stupid, difficult and disruptive. The paradox is that many of the new migrants to Britain were in fact highly educated. One of them was Gus John, who arrived from Trinidad as a Dominican novitiate to become a priest. Almost immediately he was contacted by some black parents worried about the schooling of their children. Together with several other educators, John quickly realised that the system was not just inept, but actually rigged against black children.


At the same time, celebrity psychologists Hans Eysenck and Arthur Jensen were propounding theories that black people were genetically less intelligent than white people. These theories infiltrated teacher training and found their way into schools. IQ tests were then based on these theories with the odds horrendously stacked against children from the West Indies.


(Warning: contains racist language and content some may find offensive)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000w81h/subnormal-a-british-scandal

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


Event of the week – Black History Month 2022

This year's theme for Black History Month is “Time for Change: Action Not Words” – calling on people to actively tackle racism, reclaim Black history, and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round.


https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/black-history-month-2022/

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Approximate 20% off the job learning time this week: 10.5 hours

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