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We are the UK’s leading provider of independent social work and psychological services, and our reputation is built on the quality of the professionals who register with us. If you have the skills, qualifications and experience, contact us today.
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We have a diverse range of multi-disciplinary professionals providing independent social work, psychological and therapy services to children and families. Established for over 17 years, WillisPalmer delivers a high quality, reliable service. Contact us with your requirements.
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WillisPalmer has been providing a range of exceptional training courses for professionals working with children and families over the past 17 years. As well as our suite of training courses, we also provide bespoke training courses to meet your needs nationwide.
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To protect and promote the welfare of children

As a social work owned and operated company, we place the needs of children and their families at the centre of everything we do.
As a social work owned and operated company, we place the needs of children and their families at the centre of everything we do.

Established for more than 17 years, WillisPalmer has established an unrivalled reputation as the leading provider of multi-disciplinary services to children and their families. Our multi-disciplinary, national network is made up of social workers, psychologists, qualified therapists, psychiatrists, family support workers and forensic risk assessment experts – who are available to undertake assignments throughout the UK and overseas. We can provide a range of solutions bespoke to your needs, including training and mentoring services.

Upon referring to us, we source the best-matched social worker and other assessors required for each case and once you have instructed us, we can start immediately. We offer a fixed fee price, so you always know what you will pay – with no hidden extras. With our bespoke approach and hybrid methodology combining face-to-face contact and video technology, there may be savings that will be passed onto our customers due to the fact that our professionals may be travelling less than pre-COVID-19.

All expert reports are rigorously checked by a consultant social worker and then passed through our comprehensive quality assurance process, guaranteeing you the high-quality service you have come to expect from WillisPalmer.

About the Network

WillisPalmer has a national network of over 300 professionals providing social work and psychological services. Our team comprises highly experienced expert social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, family support workers and forensic risk assessors.
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Our reputation is built on the quality of the professionals who register with us. WillisPalmer has exceptionally high standards to ensure we deliver excellent, focused, quality assured, child-centred social work and psychological services to our clients.
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Our multi-disciplinary managed services

WillisPalmer has established an unrivalled reputation as the leading provider of multi-disciplinary services to children and their families.
Our multi-disciplinary managed services

Expert Services

WillisPalmer has an extensive team of expert social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and family support workers who are trained and experienced to carry out independent assessments of children and families. We have been providing independent assessments for local authorities, courts and independent organisations for 17 years. Our expert Independent Social Workers undertake a wide range of assessments including Parenting Assessments, Sibling Assessments and Fostering Assessments while our trained psychologists carry out Assessment of Psychological Functioning, Cognitive Assessments and Education Assessments. WillisPalmer offers therapeutic services and assessments to young people and their carers and Forensic Risk Assessments for those involved in intra-and-extrafamilial sexual abuse. As a genuinely multi-disciplinary organisation, we also carry out multi-disciplinary assessments of children and families.
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Multi–Disciplinary Services

WillisPalmer provides a unique, genuinely multi-disciplinary approach to the welfare of children and families. Our multi-disciplinary teams are made up of expert workers including an independent social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, educational psychologist, therapist and family support workers provide bespoke cost-effective packages of care to vulnerable families and those experiencing often complex difficulties where children may be at risk of entering care. Under the Multi-Disciplinary Family Assessment Service, professionals work alongside families in their own homes over an eight week period to introduce new ways of communicating and managing problems. An evidence-based report is produced after eight weeks with recommendations and conclusions. The Multi-Disciplinary Family Restoration Service uses a multi-disciplinary approach to families where children are at risk of entering care.
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Family Support

Family support workers provide focused support to families with complex needs in a bid to improve parenting capacity, adult capacity for employment and educational attendance of children, as well as decreasing negative behaviours.  WillisPalmer has experienced family support workers who can work with families experiencing difficulties and help them to change behaviour and improve communication and their parenting to keep families together. We provide our evidence-based, cost-effective, time-limited, bespoke packages of care for families experiencing difficulties - our Multi-Disciplinary Family Assessment service (MFA) uses the expertise of family support workers, particularly when children may be at risk and need 24 hour monitoring. WillisPalmer also provides a genuinely Multi-disciplinary Family Restoration Service to work with families to prevent children going into care.
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Child Abuse Litigation Services

When a claim is being made against an organisation in respect of potential negligence and the way a child care case was handled, there are five critical elements where WillisPalmer can help claimant and defendant solicitors. Our team of expert social workers can provide expert opinion on whether the care and protection provided was what could be expected for the time. 1) High quality full expert reports. 2) Preliminary Reports - to assist solicitors and the decision-making process. 3) Chronology - a fair and balanced chronology. 4) File Preparation - record preparation completed. 5) Capacity to Instruct - our psychologists can advise whether your client has capacity to instruct on a case. WillisPalmer provides an impartial and neutral service to both defendant and claimant solicitors across the UK. 
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Education & Well-being

WillisPalmer works with schools providing safeguarding advice, consultancy and help with children’s behavioural and emotional problems. We can also help educators access a broad range of training on issues from child protection to understanding complex behaviour. WillisPalmer provides safeguarding surgeries - an opportunity for safeguarding leads and/or class teachers to talk through safeguarding concerns with an experienced children's social worker. An expert social worker can help schools make referrals to children’s services. WillisPalmer offers a Behavioural and Emotional welfare surgery - a comprehensive school-based mental health programme offering advice and intervention on behavioural and emotional issues presented in school children. We also provide expert educational psychologists to undertake assessments in schools and advise on emotional and social problems or learning difficulties.
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Rehabilitation

When a claim is being made against an organisation in respect of potential negligence and the way a child care case was handled, there are five critical elements where WillisPalmer can help claimant and defendant solicitors. Child abuse has a profound effect on the individual and can impact on all aspects of their life. Without help, support, therapy and intervention, the abuse can affect many areas of the individual’s life. However, at WillisPalmer we believe that everyone has the capacity to recover if they receive the right kind of support that is tailored to their individual needs. WillisPalmer aims to provide survivors of childhood abuse, and their families where appropriate, with a safe and supportive environment to discuss what support would help. This can be practical support such as helping you to establish which benefits you may be entitled to or help with housing through to psychological services to support your mental health.
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WillisPalmer provides a variety of psychological and social work services including assessments, expert reports and an array of therapeutic services. Our multi-disciplinary models provide intervention to support vulnerable families.

Our Training Courses

WillisPalmer has been providing training to professionals who work with children and their families for over 16 years. See our upcoming training courses below.
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Family Matters: Special Guardianship and Connected Persons Assessments

The workshop will take place via Zoom from 10am until 4pm. An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to six learning hours. Electronic handouts will be emailed to all attendees prior to the course taking place. the aim of this course is to understand the legislative and regulatory framework relating to special guardianship orders and connected persons assessments, equipping participants with the knowledge and understanding to deliver robust and well-evidenced assessments which highlight strengths, vulnerabilities and identify support needs.

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Fostering Training (Form F) 2021

This 3-day workshop held over Zoom is designed for social workers new to fostering assessments as well as those looking to hone their skills in assessing foster care applicants as well as high-quality Form Fs.

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Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Social workers urged to support fathers at risk of causing harm to children

16/09/2021

Social workers, midwives and health visitors are being urged to provide more support to fathers following an independent review into safeguarding children under one year old from non-accidental injury caused by male carers.

The independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s latest review looks at the lives of babies who were known or suspected to have [...]

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Child sexual abuse found in most major religions in UK

16/09/2021

‘Blatant hypocrisy and moral failing of religions’ has been highlighted following an investigation which found child sexual abuse had been found in most major religions in the UK.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse report ‘Child protection in religious organisations and settings’ examined evidence received from 38 religious organisations with a presence in England [...]

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Significant shift needed in adoption system

15/09/2021

There should be a significant shift in thinking about the adoption system in order to provide better support for some of England’s most vulnerable children, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adoption and Permanence has urged.

Following a three-month inquiry, the APPGAP has launched a report calling for a system-wide move from ‘family finding’, the [...]

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