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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Child Abuse Litigation

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Coalition urges commitment for independent care review

The government has been urged to ensure an independent review of the care system delivers meaningful and lasting change for children in and on the edge of care.

A coalition of organisations working with children and families has written an open letter to children and families minister Vicky Ford and called for the [...]

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Blog: Are social workers really ill-equipped to deal with child sexual abuse in families?

It was an alarming read that a joint inspection of local authorities found that local agencies are often woefully ill-equipped to deal with child sex abuse in families.
Professionals have been dealing with intra-familial sexual abuse for decades and to think that their approach was falling short of expectations from key inspectorates was somewhat disturbing.

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Gap in UK legal system allows sex offenders to prey on children abroad

Sex offenders from England and Wales are travelling abroad to abuse children as a result of gaps in the UK's legal system, research by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has found.
Offenders from England and Wales are travelling to commit extensive abuse of children across the world, including in eastern Asia and Africa, [...]

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Special report: JTAI into child sexual abuse in families

Local agencies are often woefully ill-equipped to deal with child sex abuse in families, according to the Inspectorates Ofsted, HMICFRS, Care Quality Commission and HMI Probation.
Children sexually abused by family members are going unseen and unheard in too many cases, while abusers evade justice, the report warned. Efforts to prevent abuse are largely absent, [...]

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Psychiatrists urge social media companies to hand over data for research into mental ill health

Social media firms should be forced to hand over their data to researchers to investigate the benefits and harms of social media use, a report by The Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.
The challenges posed by social media to the mental health of children and young people have exploded in recent times, the RCP [...]

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Three quarters of sexual images on internet feature 11-13 year old girls

More than three quarters of self-generated sexual images or videos of children online features 11 to 13 year old girls, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.
Self-generated imagery or 'selfies' now account for nearly a third of web pages featuring sexual images of children actioned by the IWF, new data has revealed, as young girls [...]

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Ofsted will prioritise inadequate authorities when inspection re-starts

09/07/2020

Local authority children’s services rated inadequate at their last inspection will be prioritised when Ofsted re-starts its inspection process and begins focused visits again after it was temporarily halted during lockdown.

When Ofsted begins prioritising local authorities for focused visits from late September to early October, it will take into account those judged inadequate at their [...]

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Children in secure training centres to be locked in cells for 22.5 hours a day

08/07/2020

The Ministry of Justice has amended statutory rules for secure training centres which would see children as young as 12 locked up for 22.5 hours per day.

An accompanying memorandum to the statutory rules states that children will have at least 1.5 hours out of their cells in each 24-hour period, instead of the usual 14 [...]

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Children’s commissioner: Thousands of young people falling through gaps in education and care

08/07/2020

Thousands of young people in England are falling through the gaps in the school and social care system amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield has warned that one in 25 teenagers were already slipping out of sight prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. A report sets out the risks affecting [...]

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