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Quest News Issue 67 - 2 January 2023

"Life's not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it's about doing, being and becoming.".

Welcome to Quest News Issue 67 - the first issue of 2023.

We have 11 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.

Events of the week

Big Schools Birdwatch 2023 January 6 - February 20

The Big Schools’ Birdwatch is back for 2023, bigger and with even more resources than before! Join thousands of other schools to find out which birds visit your school grounds. Together, let’s make it count!

The Big Schools’ Birdwatch is a simple bird survey for pupils to take part in and enjoy together. This activity is about counting the number of birds in your school grounds. It only takes an hour, so one lesson or lunchtime is ideal. The results also contribute to the Big Garden Birdwatch – the world’s largest wildlife survey.

Approx. 60 mins

Dry January 2023 - January 1 - January 31

Veganuary 2023 - January 1 - January 31

Festival Of Sleep Day 2023 - January 3

World Braille Day 2023- January 4


Legislation/Regulation of the week – Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015)

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 refers to the Special Educational Needs and Disability framework, which provides guidance to organisations working with, and providing support to, children and young people (0 to 25 years old) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Approx. 45 mins


Video of the week – The Disappearance of April Jones

October 1st 2012, in the picturesque Welsh market town of Machynlleth five-year-old April Jones goes missing from outside her home and cannot be found

Approx 150 mins

Safeguarding and ED & I

Neglect case reviews

NSPCC Learning has updated its briefing on learning from case reviews around neglect, to include learning from reviews published in 2021 and 2022. The briefing highlights the importance of professionals being able to: recognise all forms of neglect, understand its cumulative and long-term impact, and take timely action to safeguard children.

Approx. 30 mins

County lines

The Observer has published an article on reports from headteachers about the potential link between the cost-of-living crisis and increasing numbers of children and young people being recruited into county lines gangs. Potential contributing factors identified include schools reducing the number of staff on playground and lunchtime duty, making them less able to stop gang members approaching children; gangs targeting economically deprived areas; and young people becoming increasingly vulnerable to exploitation due to increased stresses at home.

Approx. 30 mins

Safeguarding in children's care and education

Ofsted has published its annual report on the state of education and children’s social care in England. Findings include: local authorities face challenges in safeguarding unaccompanied asylum seeking children; the lack of qualified and experienced staff in nurseries has impacted on the quality of early education and safeguarding expertise; and insufficient capacity in the local authority workforce led to delays in child protection and safeguarding assessments and responses. Recommendations include: reforming childcare regulation, including streamlining the registration process for people wanting to provide childcare; and Ofsted carrying out more and broader multi-agency inspections.

Approx. 45 mins

Online sexual exploitation

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has announced its collaboration with cyber safety technology company White Bullet to identify and minimise digital advertising appearing on pages which promote or contain child sexual abuse images and videos.

Approx. 30 mins

Impact of Maternal Depression on Offspring Depression in Emerging Adulthood

With a sensitive period being defined as a point in time when maternal depression might have more of an impact on the child’s mental health, Becca elaborates on the importance of her paper’s assertion that the sensitive period continues through to adolescence.

Approx. 20 mins

New Industry Partners Join to Prevent the Sharing of Non-Consensual Intimate Images Online

We are pleased to announce that TikTok and Bumble Inc. have joined Facebook and Instagram as Industry Partners of to prevent the sharing of non-consensual intimate images online.

Approx. 30 mins

Podcast - Intimate image abuse with 'revenge porn' survivor footballer Leigh Nicol

Approx. 50 mins

Health & Safety

Cold weather working: Helping staff stay safe and warm

Employers are being reminded of their responsibilities to keep workers safe as cold weather continues to affect large parts of the country.

Approx. 20 mins

Company fined £200,000 after employee badly injured in fall

A property management company has been fined £200,000 after an employee was left in a wheelchair after falling eight metres through a rooflight.

Approx. 20 mins

Top HSE scientist honoured by the King

A leading scientist at Britain’s workplace regulator has been recognised in the King’s New Year Honours List 2023.

Approx. 20 mins

Building firm fined after worker hurt falling through collapsed floor

A building company has been fined £66,667 after a worker was injured when a floor that was under construction collapsed.

Approx. 20 mins

Wider Curriculum

Cafcass (The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) staff overwhelmingly reject 2.5% pay offer but government says no scope for improved deal

Unions enter talks with management mediated by conciliation service, but Ministry of Justice says family courts body will not get increased pay remit with which to improve offer

Approx. 30 mins

A call for care-experienced people to share their stories

Social worker Rebekah Pierre is looking to hear from fellow care-experienced people to contribute to a new book, ‘Free Loaves on Fridays’. In this Q&A, she talks about why their voices are needed more than ever

Approx. 30 mins

Social care funding rise ‘should deliver tangible service improvements’, says government

Councils told additional resource for 2023-24 'should address discharge delays, social care waiting times, low fee rates, and workforce pressures'

Approx. 30 mins




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