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New Highland Council Safety Bulletin: Socket covers and square adapters

This safety alert updates and replaces the safety alert on the use of socket covers originally issued in 2016.


Socket Covers

In certain circumstances the insertion of socket covers (such as those above), or their breakage whilst in use, can allow foreign objects to be inserted directly onto live parts within the socket, thus presenting a high risk of electric shock.
UK sockets are among the safest in the world. They have insulated shutters on the inside of the holes (other than for the neutral pin) which prevent anything but a plug being inserted. These shutters close automatically as soon as the plug is pulled out.

For additional information please watch either of these videos:
Toddlers show exactly how unsafe electrical socket covers really are
The dangers of UK Safety Socket Covers

Use of Adapters

Some block adapters do not have a fuse, which increases the risk of overloading and fire. Use a multi-way bar extension lead rather than a block adapter, as this will put less strain on the wall socket.

New : Improving children and young people’s understanding of their wellbeing. A resource for teachers and practitioners working with children and young people

The resource is intended to support teachers and practitioners to explore wellbeing
and complements existing Getting it right for every child information. It is also relevant with regards to Curriculum for Excellence’s focus on health and wellbeing.”

Why is this resource needed?
The resource provides a wide range of
activities, practical materials and links to books and additional external resources for teachers and practitioners to support the wellbeing
needs of children and young people from Early to Third level.

It aims:
• To form a central hub for wellbeing
• To promote easy and open access to
practical tools and information
• To reduce time locating materials and producing materials
• To complement existing resources and approaches
It is also designed to support the
implementation of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), in recognition that children and young people’s rights are central to their wellbeing.”

Applications for the ELC Inclusion Fund are open!

The fourth round of the Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund is open to applications. The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland access their funded ELC entitlement. It funds staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training and fund resources, equipment and adaptations.

The Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will distribute up to £2 million over four years to selected registered ELC providers in Scotland, to support children with additional support needs (ASN) to access their funded ELC entitlement and ensure that staff working in their ELC setting receive appropriate training to help them meet the needs of these children.

The intention is that the fund will:

  • Make ELC settings more accessible for children with additional support needs;
  • Result in an increase in the number of ELC staff who are trained and confident to support children with additional support needs;
  • Promote more inclusive learning experiences for children; and
  • Ultimately, result in better outcomes for children with additional support needs.

The fund will cover the following:

  • Suitable training for staff on relevant courses and/or professional learning that address the specific needs of children with ASN.
  • Purchase of specialist equipment and resources (e.g. speech, language and communication aids, sensory equipment etc) to make services more accessible, both physically and in terms of meeting wider learning, developmental and care needs.
  • Specific, one-off adaptations to the physical environment.

*  Funding will not be made available for training/equipment/adaptations that are already provided by the setting as part of their existing budgets/core learning and development provision or that can be funded by the local authority as part of a child’s statutory entitlement.

Applications to the fund for training costs can also include costs associated with attendance at the funded course, such as travel costs and staffing cover for the training delegate/s.

ELC providers will need to satisfy seven stage one criteria to be eligible for the funding. If all stage one criteria are met then the applicant will be assessed against a further six stage two criteria.

The ELC Inclusion Fund is open for applications from Monday the 28th of October until Monday the 2nd of December. Applications can be made through the Children in Scotland website.

A new self-evaluation tool from Care Inspectorate: A quality framework for support services (not care at home)

Use the link to download and find out more about A quality framework for support services (not care at home). For use in self-evaluation, scrutiny and improvement support. October 2019

“The primary purpose of a quality framework
is to support services to evaluate their own performance. The same framework is then used
by inspectors to provide independent assurance about the quality of care and support. By setting out what we expect to see in high-quality care and support provision, we can also help support improvement. Using a framework in this way develops a shared understanding of what constitutes good care and support.”

“How will this quality framework be used on inspections?
The quality framework will be used by inspectors in place of the older approach of ‘inspecting against themes and statements’. Inspectors will look at a selection of the quality indicators. Which and how many quality indicators will depend on the type of inspection, the quality of the service, the intelligence we hold about the service, and risk factors that we may identify, but it is likely that we will always inspect Quality Indicators 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 as well as 5.1. We will use the quality illustrations, which are based on the Health and Social Care Standards, in our professional evaluations about the care and support we see.”

Early Years Scotland National Storytelling Campaign

Every Day’s A Story Day Campaign

Early Years Scotland is running a national storytelling campaign to promote every child in Scotland hearing a story every day of their lives from birth through childhood.

Sharing stories is an excellent way to support children:

*Have an excellent and equal start in life

*Build strong and supportive relationships

*Enrich and enhance language and literacy

*Develop thinking and problem solving skills

*Foster a love of books and stories from the earliest years

*Step into new worlds and other cultures…and so much more!

You can sign the pledge to support the campaign at the link here!