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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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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£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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