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neProduction News latest production news productionJanuary 2011

Magnetic Pictures is always working on a wide variety of programmes

For example, we are just completing post production on a major new resource for secondary schools tackling the difficult subject of bullying.

Click on the links to the left or scroll down to read about some of our work.

Free to be Me -Anti Bullying Resource

Agape Alive in India

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Safer Birmingham

Treatment Changes Lives

Bhutan broadcast documentary

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Department of Health Award for MCA Programme

Putting People First in Warwickshire

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"Free to be Me" - A New Anti Bullying Resource for Secondary Schools

A major new DVD resource commissioned by West Midlands Police designed to be used with secondary school pupils to explore a range of issues around bullying. From seeking definitions of exactly what bullying is and why some people become bullies, the new DVD "Free to be Me", uses drama and powerful personal testimony to open up discussion and seek ways of countering bullying.

There are sections that look specifically at racist bullying , homophobic bullying and the ways that communications technology is used in cyber bullying. There are exercises for each section as well as links to organisations and resources that the pupils can use both in school and at home.

There is also a special section aimed at parents to help them understand what children who are bullied go through, how to help and even how to deal with their own child if they suspect that they might be a bully

The information is supported by expert testimony from professionals in the field and the legal issues are explored from a police perspective.

Coming Soon!

Agape Alive in India - New Publicity Film for Charity

In January this year a crew from Magnetic Pictures was in India filming for the UK charity Agape Alive.

For two weeks we filmed around the poorest areas of Hyderabad looking at the work being done to provide disadvantaged children of all faiths and castes with basic education and health care.

We were able to capture all aspects of school life and show the importance placed on looking after the children's nutritional and hygiene needs and we also filmed health professionals coming into the school to examine the children and provide de-worming medication.

Other aspects featured were the provision for local orphans and a refuge for women who are the victims of domestic abuse. We also travelled to rural villages to show the work being done there in very different circumstances. The bulk of India's huge and growing population still live in rural locations in stark contrast to conditions in cities such as Hyderabad.

The resource is now in the final stages of post production.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Since 2000 there has been explicit guidance from central government concerning the need to protect vulnerable adults. The guidance was called No Secrets and it remains in 2009 the key policy from which the statutory organizations such as the Local Authority and Primary Care Trusts and Health organization take their roles and responsibilities to protect vulnerable adults.

This DVD and workbook has been produced to increase wider understanding of how to safeguard vulnerable adults. Everyone has the right to be protected from harm or abuse and staff and volunteers working with vulnerable people have a particular role in supporting them to feel safe. This includes understanding what adult abuse or safeguarding is; being able to recognise when it is happening; how to raise concerns and work with protection agencies to support vulnerable individuals.

Who Might Use This Training Package?

This package can be used by anyone whose job might bring them into contact with vulnerable people, or wants to find more about approaches to safeguarding adults, for Example:

Anyone working with potential vulnerable adults in any setting, Care Providers such as NHS Trusts, hospital staff, care homes and nursing homes, staff who assess and arrange care or purchase care on behalf of patients and service users, GPs, other Local Authority Departments such as Housing, Finance, Providers of supported housing/ Social Care Landlords, Community and Faith groups, voluntary groups, service users and carers, family members.

Safer Birmingham Partnership

Magnetic Pictures has just produced a series of short films for the official launch of the Safer Birmingham Partnership a multi-agency organisation which brings together agencies including Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and others who are all 'working together for a safer city'.

The programmes feature a cross section of SBP projects including local internet radio broadcasts, fire safety training for excluded school pupils, security upgrades for student accommodation and witness support services.

Treatment Changes Live - Birmingham Drug Action Team

A powerful short film featuring the testimonies of ex drug users and drugs workers, highlighting the work of The Drug Action Team (DAT) who are responsible for delivering preventative and treatment interventions for young people and adults, empowering local communities to tackle drug related problems by working with partners, and joining up treatment services to offenders who misuse drugs so as to divert them from criminal behaviour is fully committed to tackling the harm caused by illegal drugs to individuals, their families and many of our communities.

The development of GPs delivering drug treatment in their surgeries (shared care) has been crucial to ensuring access to services for drug users. Targets for GPs prescribing to drug users in the community have also been exceeded.

Bhutan, The Height of Happiness?

A beautiful documentary film from BBTV/Magnetic Pictures now being seen by audiences around the world.

Renowned as one of the happiest places on earth, the country of Bhutan projects an image of a secluded paradise hidden deep in the Himalayas, pursuing its king's unique policy of 'Gross National Happiness'. With strict control of its own ecological and sociological development, Bhutan preserves its highly prized reputation for happiness by choosing to evaluate and reject much of what the outside world has to offer, shielding its people from any influences not deemed to be beneficial by the king.

But for how long Bhutan can resist the influences of the twenty first century, the invasion of tourists, new media and western materialism? Is the happiness of Bhutan just a rapidly vanishing ideal? As monks play with condoms, clowns offer advice on AIDS and farmers feed cannabis to pigs, we hear the thoughts of the Bhutanese government, Buddhist monks, a cross section of society and tourists on the challenges facing the underlying spiritualism of this mystical country and its rapidly changing identity in an internet shrunk world .

"Much as we would like to think that we were able to learn from the mistakes of other countries and of other societies, I think we are also going headlong into some of the very same mistakes that have happened elsewhere. All safety networks of caring for each other, of community, harmony, of communal feeling, all those are breaking down rather rapidly and that is something that worries me constantly, that's when you have new issues, that's when you have drug problems, you have prostitution and we might have had those in any case but the rate at which it is moving is so much faster, that it is a cause for worry." Chime Wangdi, Secretary General of Tarayana Foundation, supporting rural communities.

"Bhutan, the Height of Happiness" is a visually stunning, fifty minute broadcast documentary film featuring interviews with many Bhutanese including key officials in the government, and western tourists visiting the country

Distributor: Journeyman Pictures

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - DOLS

A training resource for anyone working professionaly in care.

It is important that workers are aware of changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Under the new amendments people who suffer from a disorder or disability of the mind, such as dementia or a profound learning disability, and who lack the mental capacity to consent to the care or treatment they need, should be cared for in a way that does not limit their rights or freedom of action. However, In some cases members of this vulnerable group need to be deprived of their liberty for treatment or care because this is necessary in their best interests to protect them from harm.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in its October 2004 judgement in the Bournewood case (HL v UK) highlighted that additional safeguards are needed for people who lack capacity and who might be deprived of their liberty.

The Government is closing the “Bournewood gap” by amending the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The deprivation of liberty safeguards being introduced will strengthen the rights of hospital patients and those in care homes, as well as ensuring compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The amendments to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 both strengthen the protection of a very vulnerable group of people, and tackle human rights incompatibilities, by introducing deprivation of liberty safeguards for people who lack capacity to decide about their care or treatment, and who are deprived of their liberty to protect them from harm, but who are not covered by the Mental Health Act 1983 safeguards.

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My Decision Today, Your Decision Tomorrow

The programme has recently received the Good Practice Award from the Department of Health. Now in its second reprint run, this DVD is part of a pack providing a summary of this important act showing how it may impact upon anyone working in this area. It includes interviews with experts in their fields and short dramas specially filmed for the DVD.

In October 2007. The Mental Capacity Act (2005) was fully implemented in England and Wales.

It is a significant piece of legislation for anyone working in the health and care professions and provides safeguards for anyone if they lose the ability to make their own decisions through mental incapacity. It is essential for anyone working in this field to be fully familiar with the workings of the law.

Each section has exercises designed to help people apply the act to their own situations.

The DVD and training booklet are available now.

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Putting People First in Warwickshire

Magnetic Pictures filmed the launch of this new initiative at a high profile conference held at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham. Putting People First is a national initiative launching the transformation of Adult Social Care. “Putting People First in Warwickshire” is the process of making this happen, in a real sense, locally. In simple terms it could be described as putting the social care model on its head. Instead of assessing users and then telling them what services will be provided for them, in future councils will listen to what a service user wants to achieve and agree the best possible way to help them achieve it.

The key note speaker at the conference was paralympic gold medal winner and Olympic commentator, Dame Tanni Grey Thomson.

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