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Quest News Issue 87- 29th May 2023

"Change is the end result of all true learning"


Welcome to Issue 87 of Quest News. We have 14 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.


Significant Events:

May 29th - National Biscuit Day 2023

May 30th - World MS day 2023

Jun 1st - International Children's Day 2023

Jun 1st - Global Day of Parents 2023

June 1 - June 30 - Pride Month 2023


Legislation of the week:

Display Screen Equipment Work: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations apply to workers who use DSE daily, for continuous periods of an hour or more. We describe these workers as 'DSE users'. The regulations don't apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.

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


Video of the week:

Ithaka: The Fight to Free Assange

Dramatic documentary about a father’s fight to save his son. Covering the incarceration of WikiLeaks founder and political prisoner, Julian Assange, who faces a 175-year sentence.

(With strong language and distressing images)

(Watching this can be counted towards your 20% off the Job learning – Approx. 120 mins)


Event of the week:

May 28 - June 5 National Children's Gardening Week 2023

Together, we help children grow. National Children’s Gardening Week celebrates the fun that gardens hold for kids. Children, parents, grandparents, schools or garden businesses can find ideas for fun garden projects and activities on this site.

(With strong language and distressing images)

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




Safeguarding & ED & I

Child mental health

NSPCC Learning has published a briefing looking at learning from case reviews involving children struggling with their mental health. Analysis of case reviews published between 2021 and 2022 highlights the detrimental impact adverse experiences, such as abuse or neglect, can have on a child’s mental health and the ways children's mental health problems may be related to safeguarding concerns.

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


Child sexual and domestic abuse

The NSPCC has published a news story on the availability of specialist support for children who have suffered sexual or domestic abuse. Findings from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to local authorities in England and Wales include: 23% of local authorities who responded to the request said they provide dedicated support for children who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse; and 50% of local authorities don't have any records on how many children had experienced sexual or domestic abuse in their area. Recommendations include: strengthening local authorities’ data collection and support frameworks; creating national requirements for support; and investing in children who have experienced abuse.

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


Maternal mental health

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has published a podcast discussing recent research into emotion processing in the children of mothers diagnosed with depression. The podcast discusses: how health care professionals can alter outcomes for children of depressed mothers; targeted interventions in the pre-conception period; recommendations for what health care changes are needed to reduce disruptions in emotion processing patterns; and the limited research currently available on paternal depression.

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


Modern slavery and exploitation

Unseen has published an annual report for its UK modern slavery and exploitation helpline. Findings from the helpline 2022 assessment include: the helpline identified 6,516 ‘potential victims’; just over 8% of all modern slavery cases raised by the helpline indicated that the people involved were under the age of 18; and the most common form of exploitation experienced by under-18-year-olds was labour exploitation. Recommendations include: the need to raise awareness of the true size of the problem; better support for people who have experienced modern slavery; and more resources to target the criminals behind the exploitation.

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


School and College Security Guidance - UK Government

Recently there have been a number of incidents in the proximity to schools that have led to them being put into lockdown. In one, a rampaging bull was killed outside a school in Cheshire, and in another, six people were badly injured by two dogs 'dangerously' out-of-control in the West Midlands. A third situation followed a police alert of a 'suspicious vehicle' in North Yorkshire. These events provide a timely reminder to ensure that our schools has effective lockdown procedures to keep children safe inside the school. Whilst it is important to know what to do in these rare incidents, often this will mean ensuring staff know what to do, without unduly alarming pupils, especially younger children.

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


Omegle Guidance - Internet Matters

Omegle has been a headache for those concerned with protecting children for a decade and a half. On first glance the site is a simple internet chatroom, reminiscent of platforms from the internet's early years. It has no registration or account system. Being designed with the originally innocent objective of getting strangers to talk to each other, but this allows under-18s to easily use the platform, without needing parental assistance, money or even an email address. This already creates a dangerous situation to young pupils, but its insistence on users needing a webcam to chat places anyone underage in an extremely vulnerable place. To find out more about Omegle and the risks it poses, please follow the links below:

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


Drug gangs are disguising dangerous drugs as sweets

We want parents to be aware of cannabis edibles which are increasingly being offered to young people across the country.

Cannabis edibles are food products which contain the mood-altering ingredient from cannabis (THC). They are illegal but available in many different forms, including cakes, sweets, chocolates and drinks.

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


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

Not only is an “influencer” an increasingly powerful role in the digital age, but it’s also become a desirable career goal for many young people – an enjoyable way to gain international fame and a gateway to financial success. A survey of Instagram influencers, for instance, found that those with over a million followers make an average of £12,000 (around $15,000) per month.

Much of this wealth, of course, is unlocked by entering into partnerships with various brands – which then raises all manner of questions about some influencers’ authenticity. Is their praise for certain products genuine, or simply because they’ve been paid for their endorsement? This week’s #WakeUpWednesday guide peels back the filters for a closer look at influencers.

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


Health & Safety

Busy Bees fined £225,000 for health and safety breaches

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest nursery group, has been fined £225,000 plus costs for 'serious' hygiene offences at the nursery it runs at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone.

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


Vaping: High lead and nickel found in illegal vapes

Vapes confiscated from school pupils contain high levels of lead, nickel and chromium, BBC News has found.

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


Summer well-being tips

The summer is a great time to think about our well-being and to enjoy outdoor activities. By being mindful of the risks and taking precautions, we can make the most of the sunny season while remembering to think about health and safety.

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


New ACAS Advice On Making Reasonable Work Adjustments For Mental Health Requests

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published new advice for employers on making reasonable work adjustments for mental health, which includes guidance for line managers on how best to support employees who make requests.

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


NHS Trust found guilty of race discrimination after health and safety incident at Basildon Hospital

An NHS trust has been found guilty of race discrimination towards a whistleblower who was treated unequally to a co-worker over health and safety rules.

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


Ruth Perry’s death sparks work-related suicide probe

As reported by the BBC, experts have said that in the wake of the death of a head teacher following an Ofsted inspection, every work-related suicide should be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive

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


Wider Curriculum

Children in care

The UK Government has published new data on children accommodated in secure children's homes in England and Wales on 31 March 2023. Figures show 139 children were accommodated in secure children's homes, down from 165 the previous year; there are more boys than girls accommodated in secure children’s homes; and children aged 15 years or over make up around 70% of the children accommodated.

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


Secure children’s home accommodation

Tortoise has published a news story on the average wait times for secure children’s home accommodation in England and Wales. Findings from freedom of Information (FOI) requests to councils in England include: in the two years up to March 2023 children waited an average of two and a half months for a secure placement; and of the 50 local authorities that responded, nine had average wait times of at least six months.

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


CQC checks of council adults’ services: pilots selected to test system

Three authorities will trial regulator's scheme for assessing how well councils are performing their Care Act 2014 duties, amid concerns that lack of funding will set them up to fail

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


Choking Prevention and Modified Diet Checklist

Eating and drinking are a fundamental part of an individual’s life and allows people to enjoy the tastes and textures of the foods they like, as well as the social aspects of meals. Where an individual has swallowing problems or ‘dysphagia’, as it is commonly known, it may prevent these individuals from being able to enjoy the same quality of life and in some instances could lead to a risk of choking.

To help you support service users who present with a risk of choking and ultimately prevent this from happening, QCS have created a checklist of the key elements to consider. The checklist will allow you to ensure you have the right assessments and competencies in place; across key areas such as choking, food and nutrition and governance.

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


Multiple and complex needs found in backgrounds of children deprived of liberty

Children subject to DoL orders had average of 4.2 of 11 areas of need including placement breakdown, mental health and going missing, finds analysis

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


Distressed resident 'left alone calling throughout the day' at Dartford care home now in special measures

At least three incidents of physical assault between residents had not been documented

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


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