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Quest News Issue 86- 22nd May 2023

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”


Welcome to Issue 86 of Quest News. We have 14 hours of off-the-job for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.


Significant Events:

May 16 - May 22 - Learning At Work Week 2023

May 16 - June 16 - National Smile Month 2023

May 22 - May 28 - National Epilepsy Week 2023


Legislation of the week

Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

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

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



Video

Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction

The film looks back at some of Matt’s darkest days as he begins to explore what could be behind his addiction. Through meeting and talking with others, he tries to understand why he and fellow addicts become dependent on drugs and alcohol, what help is available, and what the latest developments in treatment are. Matt and his brother revisit their childhood home to see if the roots of his addictions can be found in their past.

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


Event of the week

May 23 - May 29 - National Conversation Week 2023

National Conversation Week is all about the simple, pleasurable, and rewarding art of simply talking to each other.

(This can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Completing activities Approx. 60 mins)


Safeguarding and ED & I

Hanni and the Magic Window - ChildNet

Helping young children in difficult situations to seek support has always been hard. Their minds are often not developed enough to understand bad situations. They are also unable to comprehend what they need to do to get out of them. More often than not their limited vocabulary will also reduce their ability to talk to adults effectively. ChildNet has released a downloadable story over on their site, aimed at children aged three and up. Their objective is to make them aware of how to seek help. By following the link below you can also find simplified resources around the story, as well as the story itself.

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



Safeguarding Practice Review: Child Q

IA recently published safeguarding practice review looked into the death of a 15-year boy, referred to as ‘Paul’ in the report. His mother and her partner were later jailed for life in prison after the jury found them guilty of torturing him to death.

In August 2021 paramedics attended a property in response to a report that a 15-year-old male was in cardiac arrest. He died 30 mins later, despite treatment from the ambulance crew.

Later, the Forensic Pathologist said that there were a significant number of fractures at various stages of healing, indicating several non-accidental injuries on different days, it was their opinion that Paul’s injuries were a result of numerous non-accidental injuries.

(Reading this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 40 mins)


DigiSafe

Many children are now accessing devices within the very first years of life. Sadly this means that young children are now exposed to many risks associated with using devices. Are we doing enough to protect children in the early years, and to help them to form healthy and positive online habits?

FREE Webinar for Parents

We have partnered with the Early Years Alliance to offer a 1 hour webinar on Thursday 8th June 10-11am to parents of children aged 0-5 years, about simple steps to take to keep children safe when using online devices.


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


NEW Safeguarding Blog

With increasing levels of concern about the scale of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery involving children under the age of 10yrs (IWF, 2023), developing safe and positive behaviour and attitudes towards tech, needs to start from the moment children are accessing screens. Read our latest blog to find out more.

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


Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety guidance for practitioners

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


Keeping your under 5 safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how to make sure your child has a safe experience online.

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


#WakeUpWednesday: Looking After Your Wellbeing Online

Theoretically, digital technology and the online world should improve and simplify our lives – and, a lot of the time, they do. All too often, however, something we see or someone’s behaviour on the internet can cause distress or worry; especially for younger people, who may not yet have quite developed the resilience or emotional maturity to deal with such setbacks.

Indeed, some aspects of daily digital life can have a profoundly negative impact on how young people feel about themselves, their friendships and relationships, and the world in general. To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, today’s #WakeUpWednesday poster is a collection of quick but effective tips to help children prioritise their own wellbeing online.

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


How social workers can better support families affected by online child sexual abuse

Online child sexual abuse by a parent can have a devastating effect on families but many social workers lack confidence in this area. A new guide seeks to address this:

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


UK public backs strengthening Online Safety Bill to give children a voice in online safety regulation

An amendment that would create a dedicated child online safety advocate is due to be debated by Lords next week.

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


Evidence on pornography’s influence on harmful sexual behaviour among children

This paper is the second in a series of reports exploring the impact of pornography on children. As Children’s Commissioner, it is my duty to protect children from harm in both the physical and online worlds. As the Online Safety Bill moves through Parliament, I want to use this opportunity to turn the tide on pornography’s harms to children. I am clear that children should not be able to access pornography, and my office’s work in this space continues to demonstrate the harm it can cause to children and young people.

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


Managing risk and trauma after online sexual offending

Designed to drive a confident response, this guide helps professionals to safeguard the whole family when a parent has accessed child sexual abuse material.

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


Health advisory on social media use in adolescence

Psychological scientists examine potential beneficial and harmful effects of social mediaa use on adolescents’ social, educational, psychological, and neurological development. This is a rapidly evolving and growing area of research with implications for many stakeholders (e.g., youth, parents, caregivers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, and members of the tech industry) who share responsibility to ensure adolescents’ well-being.

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


Associated Brain Alterations and Future Suicide Ideation in Female Adolescents and Young Adults with Mood Disorders

In this Papers Podcast, Lejla Colic and Dr. Hilary Blumberg discuss their co-authored JCPP Advances paper ‘Brain grey and white matter structural associations with future suicidal ideation and behaviors in adolescent and young adult females with mood disorders’

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



Health & Safety

Target candle recall: Everything you need to know as the retailer withdraws nearly 5 million candles

More than 100 incidents were reported in relation to the candles

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


Don’t forget low-rise fire risks, FIREX attendees told

Fire safety and housing professionals have been urged not to neglect fire risks among low-rise housing stock amid the post-Grenfell focus on high-rise residential buildings.

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


‘Under the Surface of Health and Safety’ report released

RS, an omni-channel provider of product and service solutions including maintenance solutions and safety solutions, has released the ‘Under the Surface of Health and Safety’ report, based on findings from a survey that aimed to explore challenges and priorities for health and safety professionals in the current climate.

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



Wider Curriculum

The 'ghost children': Thousands are missing school - and COVID made the problem worse

Thousands of children are not attending school and the problem has been made worse by the pandemic, according to official figures.

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


‘On the spectrum’: how autism has affected my career

A social worker reflects on spending 30 years in the profession with undiagnosed autism

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


The Job: a poem on social work

A practitioner's challenging week on a duty team inspired this poem on the highs and lows of working in social work

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


Why council was found to have breached Care Act needs duty after panel cut indicative budget

Social work trainer Pete Feldon analyses a case in which a council was found to have acted unlawfully by not providing reasons for setting a personal budget for a woman that was significantly below the indicative budget

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


Staff-to-service-user ratios ‘not safe’ in UK social work, say two-thirds of practitioners

Sixth phase of research into Covid's impact on profession also shows increases in those working more than contracted hours and burnout at highest recorded level

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






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