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Quest News Issue 82 - 24th April 2023

"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”

Welcome to Issue 82 of Quest News. We have over 13 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.

Events of the week

April 26 - Brake Zebra’s Beep Beep Day 2023

Teach road safety basics to children aged 2–7.

Take part in a Beep Beep! Day to teach young children important road safety basics and help parents, carers and the wider community understand how to protect children on roads.

Approx. 60 mins

April 24 - April 30 - Allergy Awareness Week 2023

April 24 - April 30 - MS Awareness Week 2023

April 24 - April 28- National Stop Snoring Week 2023

April 24 - Scream Day 2023

April 25 -National DNA Day 2023


Are You Autistic?

Experts believe that many undiagnosed adults could be living with autism. Anna Richardson and campaigners Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern set out to uncover the true face of autism in the UK today.

Approx. 60 mins

Legislation of the week - Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 updated 2022

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 introduce new duties under the Fire Safety Order for building owners or managers (responsible persons).

Approx. 60 mins

Safeguarding and ED & I

When Girls "Go Country"

Child criminal exploitation through county lines has often focused on young men and boys. However, The Open University Policing blog has published analysis of recent research that revealed young women and girls are beginning to replace young males as the “foot soldiers” of county lines.

The article states, “The relative ‘invisibility’ of girls and young women allows them to travel largely unnoticed on rail networks across the country, making them ideal targets for drug dealing gangs.”

When a child or young person returns from being missing, you may be required to participate in return interviews. In partnership with the NWG Network, Missing People has published a new resource to support professionals involved in the return interview process.

Approx. 60 mins

Multi-agency Practice Principles

The Multi-agency Practice Principles have now been published by the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme.

The Practice Principles draw on the experiences of children, young people, parents, carers and professionals to provide a holistic response to child exploitation and extra-familial harm.

You can use this tool from the TCE programme to consider the application of the Practice Principles and reflect on how you might use them in your work.

Approx. 30 mins

Child Sex Abuse in Institutional Settings

The CSA Centre has published a review of research on child abuse in institutional settings, which includes organisations working with children, young people and families in community settings, such as social care services, sports clubs and religious groups, as well as educational settings and hospitals.

Some of the key messages include:

  • Both boys and girls are at risk of abuse. Male victims tend to be more reluctant to disclose abuse for fear of being seen as “weak” rather than as “strong” in line with concepts of masculinity.

  • Perpetrators may use “grooming” techniques on their colleagues and a child’s or young person’s family to ensure access to victims and prevent detection.

  • Perpetrators often use charisma, status and popularity to build a reputation that deems them beyond question.

  • While rigorous recruitment processes play a significant role in protecting children from potential abusers, it is equally important to develop an institution-wide culture that promotes safeguarding as everyone’s responsibility, with clear boundaries set regarding interactions between adults and children or young people

Approx. 40 mins

Failed and Forgotten - Experiences of Disabled Children

Post-covid, children with disabilities face delays and backlogs to much needed health and social care services. The Disabled Children’s Partnership has published a new report, Failed and Forgotten, which reveals the concerning state of affairs for disabled children and their families in England.

Key findings of the research include:

  • Only one in three disabled children has the correct level of support from their education setting.

  • Only one in five felt their family received the support needed for their child to fulfil their potential.

  • Seven out of ten parents said their disabled children’s health had deteriorated because of lack of support.

Approx. 30 mins

Non-accidental injuries in infants attending the emergency department

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has published a report looking at factors influencing the diagnosis of non accidental injuries in infants who visit emergency departments (ED) in England. Findings from an analysis of 10 serious incident reports include: there is no specific guidance for ED clinicians on the identification of suspected non-accidental injuries; delays in the availability of information about potential safeguarding concerns add to the pressures on ED staff when making decisions; and safeguarding teams are often located physically distant from EDs which can create a barrier to communication.

Approx. 40 mins

Supporting Victims of Cyberflashing

UK Safer Internet Centre and Childnet have put together some new resources to help parents, carers and educators support victims of cyberflashing and provide preventative advice.

Use the resources to encourage open discussion about consent, setting boundaries and how to use phone and app settings to prevent online sexual harassment.

Approx. 30 mins

Health visitors

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has published a podcast episode on the importance and purpose of the health visitor baby clinic. It discusses the difficulties of balancing efficiency with the need for health visitors to be able to work with families effectively to spot health needs and any safeguarding concerns.

Approx. 30 mins

Child wellbeing

The Children’s Society has published a blog post on children and stress which provides tips and suggestions on recognising the signs of stress and listening to children.

Approx. 30 mins

Online safety

5Rights Foundation has published a new report on the design of digital products and services that are used by children. The report looks at the impact of persuasive design on children’s social, mental and physical development and discusses prioritising children’s rights.

Approx. 60 mins

Digital Literacy Report - UK Safer Internet Centre

Digital literacy is become more and more important in our daily lives. Now it is essential that children and young people, are able to have an effective education in the use of computers. In many cases, they will learn the basics at home, but educational institutions have an important part to play in enhancing that pathway. When your pupils leave mandatory education, the jobs they’ll aim for will require digital literacy. Likely at a higher level than ever before. Educating them in digital literacy will also keep them safer online. The UK Safer Internet Centre has reviewed a recently published Ofcom report into the matter. To find out what the UK Safer Internet Centre has to say about the document, and to read the document itself, follow the link below:

Approx. 30 mins

Safeguarding overhaul needed to better protect disabled children in care, says abuse inquiry

Panel urges bigger role for councils in monitoring residential settings in their areas, investment in workforce, better access to advocacy and joint inspection by Ofsted and CQC to tackle failings exposed in Doncaster case.

Approx. 30 mins

Finley Boden: case review examining factors behind baby’s murder after return to parents

10-month old found to have 71 bruises and 54 fractures following murder by Stephen Boden and Shannon Marsden, 39 days after being returned to their care.

Approx. 30 mins

Health & Safety

How organisations can improve lone worker safety

Lone working refers to any activity that someone is performing for extended periods without direct or close supervision, or in the absence of colleagues nearby or within earshot.

Approx. 30 mins

Residents in retirement home 'riddled' with asbestos and legionella to be rehomed

Residents are moving out of a Yorkshire housing complex riddled with asbestos and legionella to make way for major works.

Approx. 30 mins

How To Protect Employees From Accidents In The Workplace

The safety of your employees should be a top priority for every employer, business owner and workplace. HSE’s health and safety legal requirements impose the steps that must be followed by all UK employers to ensure the safety of workers. Employers that fail to meet these requirements could face serious legal repercussions.

Approx. 30 mins

Wider Curriculum

Making a success of DoLS in the wake of the Liberty Protection Safeguards delay

Councils can learn from their work on preparing for the LPS to improve the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards scheme, but must do so in the face of significant backlogs and staff shortages, writes Lorraine Currie

Approx. 30 mins

Decision to shelve LPS ‘unacceptable blow to thousands unlawfully detained

Welsh Government, adults' directors and leading advocacy provider voice disappointment over delay to implementation of Liberty Protection Safeguards being beyond next election

Approx. 30 mins

‘Why we need an award for social work journalism’

Negative media coverage of social work is damaging for the public and the profession. That's why BASW has launched an awards scheme to champion good-quality social work journalism, writes Shahid Naqvi

Approx. 30 mins


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