COVID-19 Guidance from WillisPalmer

Whilst the outbreak of Covid-19 is likely to cause some disruption to WillisPalmer services in the short-term, we are issuing guidance outlining our plans to minimise the impact of the virus.

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Martin Narey among new recruits to advise children’s commissioner

Children’s commissioner Ann Longfield has appointed a number of high-profile figures in social care, the government and the media to provide her office with strategic advice.

Government advisor Martin Narey, former Association of Directors of Children’s Services president, Alison O'Sullivan, Behaviour and Insight leader, David Halpern and BBC Children's Chief, Alice Webb are the new [...]

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DfE announces commissioner for Reading

Education secretary announces children’s commissioner at Reading Council following ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating

The secretary of state for education has appointed a commissioner at reading Council after its children’s services were rated inadequate by Ofsted.

The inspection of Reading Council was carried out in May-June this year and the final report published in August slammed the “serious, persistent [...]

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Two councils outline deep cuts to children's centres

Two local authorities have outlined plans to cut millions of pounds from their children's centres budgets.

Leicester City Council has proposed cuts to the range of services delivered in its 23 children's centres in a bid to save £4m. There will also be "significant" cuts to staff numbers.

Kirklees Council has also published plans to cut its [...]

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Two councils outline deep cuts to children's centres

Two local authorities have outlined plans to cut millions of pounds from their children's centres budgets.
Leicester City Council has proposed cuts to the range of services delivered in its 23 children's centres in a bid to save £4m. There will also be "significant" cuts to staff numbers.
Kirklees Council has also published plans to [...]

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No FGM prosecutions made in 30 years

No successful prosecutions against perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation have been made in the 30 years since it has been made illegal, it has emerged.

The Home Affairs Select Committee slammed the “lamentable record” as “beyond belief” saying it said would deter those brave enough to step forward and report this horrendous crime.

Interim chair of [...]

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Why Jo Brand is making a comedy about social workers

A preview of Damned, the social work comedy from Jo Brand, which is set to air this month

Photo: Channel 4

It’s a new day in children’s services at Elm Heath Council – the fictional setting for Jo Brand’s new sitcom Damned.

For senior social worker Al (Alan Davies), the first challenge is to get [...]

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£7m funding for charities supporting children affected by COVID-19 and lockdown measures

Vulnerable children and families affected by COVID-19 and the measures put in place to stop its spread will benefit from support offered by a coalition of charities under a new ‘See, Hear, Respond’ Department for Education programme.

The government has provided £7m of funding to launch the service which will be led by the charity Barnardo’s [...]

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Are you a foodie or a fitness fanatic? The groups emerging during lockdown

While it is inevitable that most of us have probably endured our fair share of wobbles during lockdown, given the fact we have never experienced anything like this before, people have naturally had to adapt their mindsets to navigate their way through social isolation.

I’ve noticed a number of ‘groups’ emerging.

The fitness fanatics

Walking, jogging, running – [...]

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Blog: Abuse during lockdown

WillisPalmer Chief Executive Mark Willis says all professionals working with children need to be ultra vigilant in looking for signs of abuse as we ease out of lockdown.

Children’s services professionals need to be vigilant for signs of emotional, physical and sexual abuse in young people as children return to primary school following lockdown, the chief [...]

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