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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Expert's Corner

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Expert's Corner - Interview with Angela Frazer-Wicks

Clare Jerrom talks to Angela Frazer-Wicks about her experiences of the care system after her children were placed for adoption in 2004.

"Mummy," my five year old son said, "You'd better sit down."
He placed his tiny hands in mine and his big eyes looked up at my face. "After the visit next [...]

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Expert's Corner - Interview with Angela Frazer-Wicks

Clare Jerrom talks to Angela Frazer-Wicks about her experiences of the care system after her children were placed for adoption in 2004.

"Mummy," my five year old son said, "You'd better sit down."

He placed his tiny hands in mine and his big eyes looked up at my face. "After the visit next week, we won't [...]

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Interview with Cathy Ashley, chief executive of Family Rights Group

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Cathy Ashley discusses Family Rights Group (FRG); set to mark the occasion with a summer event to commemorate the principles and values behind the momentous legislation.

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Family Rights Group (FRG) is set to mark the [...]

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Thirty Years of the Children Act – Some Thoughts

Thirty Years of the Children Act – Some Thoughts:

A qualified social worker for 38yrs and a senior manager for the last 20. Over the last 10 years, I have worked mostly in authorities in intervention. I have chaired Improvement Boards and LSCBs and currently chairing the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in Wiltshire. I am a [...]

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The efficacy of settlement conferences

Ann Chavasse, senior family law specialist with considerable High Court and Court of Appeal experience, on the fairness of settlement conferences.

The ALC commissioned research into the fairness and efficacy of settlement conferences (SCs) in public law cases.

This was a limited study involving interviews with 19 advocates involved in 61 settlement conferences in the initial five [...]

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Expert's Corner: Dr Anna Preston

Clinical psychologist Dr Anna Preston talks to Clare Jerrom about carrying out parenting assessments in an ethical, timely and multi-disciplinary way.
The benefit of having multi-agency meetings at the beginning of an assessment means families are not subjected to numerous assessments with multiple professionals over a lengthy time period while parenting abilities are established, which [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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Calls to domestic abuse helpline rise by 25%

Calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline have increased by an average of 25% since the lockdown measures have been introduced to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the charity Refuge has revealed.

Isolation has potential to aggravate pre-existing behaviours in abusive partners and Refuge has warned of a surge in contacts from people experiencing domestic [...]

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8,000 former social workers registered to help during COVID-19

Social Work England has temporarily reinstated the registration of 8,000 former social workers in a bid to help social work departments continue running amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regulator of the social work profession has written to suitably qualified social workers who left the profession in the last two years to advise them that they can [...]

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100,000 grandparents looking after children despite COVID-19 guidance

There are 100,000 grandparents looking after their grandchildren during the outbreak of COVID-19 – despite government guidance stating that over 70-year-olds and those with underlying health conditions should be in self-isolation.

The 100,000 grandparents make up an army of 200,000 kinship carers of grandparents, relatives and friends of children who cannot live with their parents for [...]

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