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Quest News Issue 85 - 15th May 2023

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Welcome to Issue 85 of Quest News. We have over 9 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.

Events of the week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

On the theme of 'anxiety', this year's Mental Health Awareness Week - 15 to 21 May.

Approx. 60 mins


The Kidnap of Angel Lynn

The story of a fun-loving young woman from Leicestershire whose life was destroyed by an abusive relationship. Left with life-changing injuries, can Angel learn to live again?

Approx. 60 mins

Legislation of the week

Children and Families Act (2014)

The Children and Families Act 2014 obtained royal assent and became law on 13 March 2014. This is a landmark and wide-ranging act designed to fully reform services for vulnerable children, by giving them greater protection, paying special attention to those with additional needs, and also helping parents and the family as a whole.

Approx. 60 mins

Safeguarding and ED & I

#WakeUpWednesday: What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Telegram

Controversial changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy back in 2021 was a major shot in the arm for Telegram, as millions of users began searching for a more secure messaging platform. Indeed, Telegram is so confident in its resistance to hacks that it’s previously set challenges (with a prize of up to $300,000) to any user who’s able to crack its encryption.

With protected ‘secret chats’ and self-deleting messages, however, Telegram’s security advantage has also been subverted by criminals using the app to trade stolen data, share child sexual exploitation material and arrange drug deals. As Telegram’s popularity continues to grow, our #WakeUpWednesday guide tells trusted adults what they need to be aware of.

Approx. 30 mins

Podcast: An introduction to Report Remove, an online self-reporting tool for young people

Learn more about how to incorporate the tool into your safeguarding response to incidents of sharing nudes

Approx. 30 mins

Why language matters: how ‘toxic trio’ is unhelpful and inaccurate

The term ‘toxic trio’ is used by some professionals to refer to the co-occurrence of parental domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental illness in a child’s life. To some, the presence of this ‘trio’ signals that a child may be experiencing abuse or neglect.

Approx. 30 mins

Why language matters: domestic abuse is broader than domestic violence

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “domestic violence”? For many, it’s closely associated with incidents of physical violence perpetrated by one partner against another. But domestic abuse doesn’t have to involve physical violence, and its effects are felt by everyone exposed to the abuse. It’s important not to limit our understanding of domestic abuse; and this starts with addressing how we talk about it.

Approx. 30 mins

Jimmy Prout: 'Chances missed' to help man tortured and killed in North Shields

A man who was tortured and killed by people he thought were his friends was failed by authorities, a review has found.

Approx. 30 mins

Keeping Children Safe on TikTok

TikTok is a social media app that allows users to create and share short videos. While the app can be a fun and creative platform for children, it also poses several dangers that parents should be aware of. One of the significant risks is the potential for grooming and exploitation by predators.

Approx. 30 mins

Experts demand major overhaul of safeguarding system to protect children with disabilities from abuse at children’s homes

A report investigating abuse and neglect in residential settings for disabled children sets out the case for fundamental changes in provision.

Approx. 30 mins

Health & Safety

Five common workplace injuries and how to prevent them

Despite the best efforts of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and employers around the UK, workplace accidents are still all too common. Every job and industry has its own specific risks, which means that certain accidents are more common in some industries than in others. Businesses and their employees share a responsibility to identify risks, implement effective health and safety policies, and prevent accidents; as such, it is useful to know which types of injuries are the most common in your sector.

Approx. 30 mins

What price redemption for a mentally sick workplace?

As we approach Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May), IOSH’s Dr Ivan Williams Jimenez looks at the growing problem of mental ill-health at work and what needs to be done to address it

Approx. 30 mins

Care home sentenced for failing that led to resident’s death

A care home has been fined £20,000 for health and safety failings which led to the death of a vulnerable 90-year-old man

Approx. 15 mins

Dundee care home fined over death of pensioner

A CARE home has been fined £20,000 for breaking health and safety laws after a resident died from drinking sanitiser during the coronavirus lockdown.

Approx. 15 mins

Wider Curriculum

Social work leaders must take action to embed anti-racist practice, conference told

Inaugural anti-racism conference hears calls for leaders to critically examine their own biases and understand the impact of racial trauma on staff.

Approx. 30 mins

What Ramadan means to me as a social worker – and how I shared this with colleagues

For Farzeela Hafejee, Ramadan prompted reflections on the humility at the heart of social work - and provided the chance to bond with non-Muslim colleagues who fasted for a day in support

Approx. 30 mins

‘Resource pressures’ behind decision to shelve LPS, says care minister

Helen Whately says government still committed to scheme to replace DoLS but that 'there was a lot of work to do shift' to LPS

Approx. 30 mins


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