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Quest News Issue 62 - 21st November 2022

Updated: 4 days ago



““An investment in knowledge pays the best interest””


Welcome to Issue 62 of Quest News! We have over 13 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.


Events this week

Eliminations of Violence Against Women’s Day 25th November 2022

Raises awareness of women who are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence. https://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/


Carers Rights Day 2022 November 24th

Each year we hold Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

This year Carers Rights Day is on Thursday 24th November.

Having the right information at the right time can make all the difference when you’re looking after someone.

Every day 6,000 people become carers but often it’s not something we’ve planned for.This Carers Rights Day we’re focusing on supporting people to prepare for the future through our theme: Caring for Your Future.

https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/carers-rights-day

20% off the job learning – Completing activities Approx. 60 mins


Sector News and Updates

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 were introduced to reinforce the Health and Safety Act 1974. They explicitly outline what employers are required to do to manage health and safety and apply to every work activity. The regulations place a set of duties on employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. https://peoplesafe.co.uk/legislation/the-management-of-health-and-safety-at-work-regulations-1999/

20% off the job learning – Approx. 45 mins


Video - Dementia Choir

It's been four years since Vicky formed her choir of people diagnosed with dementia and proved the undeniable power of music to change their lives. But as she discovers when she catches up with old members Mick and Julie, and new members Kev and Leslie, nothing has really changed. There is a lack of support and help available, there are growing care issues, and music therapy is not available for most people living with the condition.

To raise awareness of these problems, Vicky turns to her choir for help. Together, they decide they are going to do what they do best and sing to get their message across by recording and releasing their own single – a very special song that has been gifted to them by a local Nottingham band.

In the process, they walk in the footsteps of music legends The Beatles and make musical history when then become the first dementia choir to record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

https://bbc.in/3USpjUN

https://bbc.in/3Om1Sky

20% off the job learning – Approx. 120 mins by watching these


Safeguarding & ED & I

Dr. Bruce Perry Discusses Trauma and Healing

Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain development and trauma expert, Dr Bruce Perry, discuss the impact of trauma and adverse experiences and how healing must begin with a shift to asking 'What happened to you?' rather than 'What’s wrong with you?'.

Through wide-ranging and often deeply personal conversation, Oprah Winfrey and Dr Perry explore how what happens to us in early childhood – both good and bad - influences the people we become.

https://bit.ly/3OnqAki

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


Online harm and abuse: learning from case reviews (NSPCC)

Published case reviews highlight that the online world presents a growing number of challenges for those working to protect children and young people from harm and abuse. For example, children may be exposed to harmful content online, or be subjected to online grooming, sexual abuse and exploitation.

This briefing from the NSPCC looks at case reviews published over the last seven years where online harm or abuse was a key factor.

https://bit.ly/3tL7SK3

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


Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers (Football Association)

Every week millions of children play football, many of them in organised clubs and organisations. As part of its safeguarding response, the Football Association has created a safeguarding course for parents.


The course is designed to help parents make informed choices about the football settings where they enrol their children. The course helps parents recognise best practice and see where there may be concerns, so that they can report them quickly and effectively.

https://bit.ly/3hYKOou

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


Suicide and adolescents

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has released a podcast looking at factors involved in suicidal ideation among adolescents. The podcast focuses on a research paper which discusses the role of genetics and negative life events in suicidal ideation in both boys and girls.

https://www.acamh.org/podcasts/suicidal-ideation-during-adolescence/

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


Support for girls

Agenda Alliance has published a report looking at the availability of specialist support for girls and young women in the UK. The research involved interviews with girls and young women aged 13-26. The report finds that many girls and young women with multiple unmet needs encountered barriers or experienced harms when trying to access support. Key points include: racial disparities and discrimination persist for girls’ school exclusions; and girls in schools and pupil referral units don’t feel safe from sexual harassment.

https://bit.ly/3hZf1nw

https://bit.ly/3Xmr0eO

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


Boyhood in the UK

The Global Boyhood Initiative has published a report exploring theorisations of masculinities, boyhood and gender in the UK. The report reviews literature on boyhood and covers families, school, leisure, and social media, along with themes related to violence and well-being. The report also provides recommendations for addressing harmful norms and fostering participatory, engaging environments.

https://bit.ly/3tPVgBv

https://bit.ly/3GwwsWE

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


LADO role faces review after disabled children abuse inquiry identifies ‘major failings’

Education secretary announces review of designated officer service after inquiry finds function was among checks and balances that failed to act on concerns at special schools where abuse was uncovered

https://bit.ly/3Oqshxm

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


Health & Safety


Reasonable adjustments aligned with specific responsibilities

Equality law recognises that achieving equality for disabled people may mean changing the way that employment is structured. This could be removing physical barriers or providing extra support for a disabled worker or job applicant. This is the duty to make reasonable adjustments. Your employer has a duty to take steps to remove, reduce or prevent the obstacles you face as a disabled worker or job applicant, where it's reasonable to do so. The employer only has to make adjustments where they are aware – or should reasonably be aware – that you have a disability.

https://bit.ly/3EklSzk

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


Understanding the law

Employers have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of their employees and other people who might be affected by what they do. Some health and safety regulations are particularly relevant to dealing with MSK issues in the workplace:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 regulation 3 requires that all employers assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees while they are at work.

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended (DSE Regulations). Some users of visual display units may get aches and pains, including back pain. The regulations set out what employers need to do if their employees are habitual users of DSE

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005: regular long-term exposure to Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is associated with back pain. The regulations require an employer to take actions to protect persons against risk to their health and safety arising from exposure to vibration at work. More information can be found at the HSE’s vibration website.

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) (MHOR) require an employer to carry out a risk assessment on the manual handling tasks that pose a risk of injury.

https://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/dse/

https://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/manual-handling/index.htm

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


Stress Related Issues

HSE tool to help assess line managers’ abilities in dealing with stress related issues

Line managers play a vital role in the identification and management of stress within the organisation. They are likely to see the problems causing the stress first hand, will be in the best position to notice changes in staff behaviour that may indicate a stress-related problem and will often be the first point of contact when an individual feels stressed.

https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/mcit.htm

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


Wider Curriculum


Three-quarters of large councils planning to tighten eligibility for adult social care, finds survey

County Councils Network poll finds only one in five members are confident they will meet legal obligation to balance books next year, due to inflation and mounting demand

https://bit.ly/3EpETjY

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


Almost all councils lack funding to meet adult care costs this winter, warn directors

Vast majority of leaders also say they lack the workforce to meet needs over coming months, as two of England's largest authorities warn Sunak they risk bankruptcy

https://bit.ly/3XmrIsu

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


‘Why child protection policies on bruising to babies need to change’

Professor Andy Bilson explains how his research demonstrates how existing protocols on pre-mobile bruising mislead staff and risk exposing parents to damaging and unnecessary child protection action

https://bit.ly/3EOoKG0

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


What Parents Need to Know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Modern Warfare II is the 19th instalment in the relentless Call of Duty series, which shows no sign of shedding popularity. In fact, this latest release has reportedly broken lucrative new ground for the franchise – almost unbelievably garnering $1 billion in sales in its first ten days of availability (according to the publishers, Activision), making it the fastest-selling Call of Duty title yet.

It seems young gamers can’t get enough of the high-octane gunplay that CoD offers. Their eager engagement with the game, however, can lead to hours of compulsive playing; hostile audio chat exchanges with other gamers; and a willingness to make in-game purchases to level up their character. Our #WakeUpWednesday guide has all the intel on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

https://bit.ly/3OqsQY0

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


NHS to get most of £500m winter adult social care funding

60% of adult social care discharge fund will go to integrated care boards and 40% to councils, with funding allocated in December and January

https://bit.ly/3EQdFob

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


Taking Charge

Taking Charge is a FREE campaign to help people who work in social care, and the people they support, to save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

https://www.takingchargeenergy.co.uk/

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


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