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We are a national network of independent experienced social workers, psychologists, forensic risk assessment experts and qualified therapists

WillisPalmer is the UK’s largest provider of independent social workers, psychologists, forensic risk assessment experts and qualified therapists. We are able to help with a range of multi-disciplinary assessments.

WillisPalmer has been providing expert reports since 2004, serving local authorities, solicitors and independent organisations throughout the UK and overseas. As a social work owned and operated company, we ensure that children remain at the centre of everything we do.

You can rely on our national network of experienced professionals to provide high-quality reports including parenting and PAMs assessments, Special Guardianship, fostering and adoption reports and the full range of psychological reports. We are also specialists in the provision of Forensic Risk Assessments in cases of sexual abuse and domestic violence and are able to provide a unique and holistic approach to cases with the recent launch of our WP Risk service. WP Risk aims to develop a national specialist resource offering a comprehensive range of multi-disciplinary expert services to assist in the identification, assessment, management and prevention of risk in identified or suspected cases of sexual abuse. It is our objective to work alongside social work and other public protection agencies engaged in frontline practice and management.

We have a robust and practical fostering service; offering a wide range of reports and experts nationwide; including Form F’s, foster care reviews and our End-to-End fostering service, which is designed to allow you to focus on the foster carers and leave us to handle the rest.

What’s more, we have developed an innovative training and mentoring program which improves the performance of frontline staff and means better outcomes for children.  We can also help with auditing and a range of quality assurance and service improvement functions, including child sexual exploitation, attachment and risk assessment.

Whether you’re looking to venture into the world of independent social work or want to instruct one of our experts, we are here to help and look forward to working with you.

Find out more on the About Us Page

“I have always found WillisPalmer well organised, happy to help and reliable and this in a world of child protection where the work we do is vital but often pressured and not always straight forward!”


“Whenever I require an expert to undertake an assessment, I always contact WillisPalmer as part of our search due to their swift response. I will definitely be using WillisPalmer again”


“Working for WillisPalmer means that support is always available in complex situations and that my assessments are carried out in an ethos where the paramountcy principle is never forgotten. The quality assurance I receive is also supportive, detailed and focussed on both the needs of the case and my developmental needs as a practitioner”.

T. Simmons