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Quest News Issue 81 - 17th April 2023

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all

Welcome to Issue 81 of Quest News. We have 12 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.

Events of the week

National Early Years Teacher Day 2023 April 19

Best Practice Network created National Early Years Teacher Day after realising something was amiss.

The calendar was full of awareness days for a variety of causes, but where was the recognition for Early Years Teachers and their invaluable contribution to our children? Early Years Teachers work long hours caring for babies and children up to the age of five. Their input has a crucial effect on the development of children and has long been deserving of greater recognition. National Early Years Teachers’ Day is a way to show them our appreciation and celebrate the importance of their role.

Approx. 60 mins

National Feet Week 2023 April 17 - April 23

World Haemophilia Day 2023 April 17

Pyjamas For PanCan Day 2023 April 21

International Mother Earth Day 2023 April 22


Our World: Jessica and Austin: When Murder Goes Viral

In June 2020, three friends filmed themselves finding bodies in a suitcase. When their videos went viral, the lives of the victims, Jessica and Austin, were lost to rumour and speculation as people online combed through their story. Over the course of the two-year trial, the programme follows the families as they try to get justice for their children, lost in a social media storm.

Approx. 30 mins

Legislation of the week - United Nations convention on the rights of the children (UNCRC)

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the basis of all of our work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Approx. 60 mins

Safeguarding and ED & I

“My dad is a paedophile” How the families of sex offenders are falling through the cracks.

Approx. 40 mins

Finley Boden: Parents murdered baby placed back into their care

The parents of a 10-month-old boy have been convicted of murdering him - 39 days after he was placed back into their care.

Approx. 30 mins

Anti-social behaviour

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published a policy paper on managing anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. The plan will include: working with Youth Offending Teams and other services to intervene early with young people who are vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and crime; and increase local activities in areas where support is needed the most. A consultation has also been launched on community safety partnerships and anti-social behaviour powers.

Approx. 40 mins

Child protection

The Metropolitan Police Service have published Baroness Casey’s independent review into the culture and standards of behaviour in the service. Findings include: the reduction in frontline policing has weakened the Met’s response to male violence perpetrated against women and children; there are poor child protection services in part due to a culture of denial and not addressing known issues; and in 2021 it was estimated that 50% of the Met’s child abuse officers had not attended an advanced safeguarding course. Recommendations include: the Met should create an overarching children’s strategy to address long-standing concerns about its child protection and safeguarding practices, including preventing ‘adultification’ by providing training for officers who work with children.

Approx. 60 mins

Child sexual abuse and exploitation

The UK Government has set out new measures to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation. The Home Office will be undertaking an extensive consultation to inform plans to introduce a mandatory reporting duty around child sexual abuse, for those working or volunteering with children. The first step is a call for evidence. The Prime Minister has also announced a new Grooming Gangs Taskforce, led by the police and supported by the National Crime Agency that will assist police forces with child sexual exploitation and grooming investigations.

Approx. 40 mins

Online safety

The Department for Education (DfE) has created filtering and monitoring standards for schools and colleges in England to help protect children online. The standards cover: areas of responsibility; testing device efficiency; and consideration of strategies that meet safeguarding needs.

Approx. 30 mins

Online behaviours

Ofcom has published two reports looking at children’s media habits and attitudes. The findings from the children and parents: media use and attitudes project was based on online panels with around 7,000 children and parents. The children's media lives longitudinal study involved interviews with 21 children aged 8-18 across the UK. Findings from the projects include: some girls received inappropriate messages from strangers; some younger children were unable to identify fake accounts; and some children encountered mature themes through content they were shown.

Approx. 40 mins

Health & Safety

What is happening on 23rd April UK?

On Sunday 23 April at 3pm the UK Government will be testing their new Emergency Alert System. ​The Emergency Alert sounds like a loud siren and will come directly from your phone. At the same time a message will be displayed on your screen to tell you about the situation and how best to respond.

Approx. 30 mins

Are you evacuation ready?

The introduction of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 & The Equality Act 2010 requires that in the instance of a fire, a quick and safe evacuation of everyone in the building is of the utmost importance. Fire and smoke spread fast, and could leave people trapped in dangerous, inescapable locations if an evacuation plan is not in place. As an employer, owner, manager, landlord, or occupier of a business, or other non-domestic premises, you must ensure that no one is ever put in that position by preparing an effective and tested evacuation plan. With the addition of the Fire Safety Act 2021 & The Building Safety Act 2022, a greater focus on building safety compliance will look to be enforced through the Building Safety Regulator making it vital for your premises to have robust evacuation plans available.

Approx. 30 mins

Wider Curriculum

Supported accommodation providers

Ofsted has published guidance to support providers of supported accommodation with registering with Ofsted. The guidance provides an overview of the registration process and providers will need to submit applications by 28 October 2023.

Approx. 40 mins

Stress And Burnout Can Be Avoided, Here’s How

The Health & Safety Executive’s latest data[i] shows that almost a million (0.9m) workers in the UK were suffering with work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2021/22 and that 17.0 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety and Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR urges employers to do more to support employees may be experiencing stress or burnout as the cost-of-living crisis continues to add to people’s daily struggles.

Approx. 30 mins

The Coshh Hazards Your Business Should Know

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Act oversees occupational health and safety in the presence of hazardous substances. Yet, it is not often clear who is legally responsible for incorporating and maintaining COSHH into work activities, as well as assessing a company’s compliance on a regular basis. The employer bears the ultimate responsibility for implementing COSHH measures – but employees also have a responsibility to adopt and follow these measures.

Approx. 30 mins

Children in custody

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on family contact in youth custody in England and Wales. Data was collected from 430 children who were in youth custody settings. Findings include: only 56% of children received a visit from family or friends over a 4-week period in 2022 and visits were frequently cancelled due to understaffing and poor coordination. Recommendations include: the Youth Custody Service (YCS) should require every institution to appoint a member of the senior team responsible for children who have had social care status prior to entering custody and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) should consult on whether every child in custody should be considered a looked after child, as those remanded to custody are.

Approx. 50 mins

Readers’ Take: should a single word define the quality of social work services?

With the debate over Ofsted's single-word judgments having been reignited and the CQC about to follow suit in adults' services, we look at what social workers think of this way of assessing services

Approx. 30 mins

Practitioners to be mandated to report child sexual abuse

Home secretary Suella Braverman accepts Independent Inquiry into Child Seuxal Abuse recommendation for mandatory reporting duty

Approx. 30 mins




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