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: 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 means [...]

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Rewarding? That description doesn't come close

Rewarding? That description doesn't come close.
In the latest in his series of blogs, foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council.
When she arrived, our second foster baby was weak and pale and poorly. She had a viral infection along with severe feeding problems, [...]

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Rewarding? That description doesn't come close

Rewarding? That description doesn't come close.

In the latest in his series of blogs, foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council.

When she arrived, our second foster baby was weak and pale and poorly. She had a viral infection along with severe feeding problems, and life [...]

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Borderline cases in care proceedings should be diverted from court: Isabelle Trowler

Families where the decision to remove a child from his or her parents could go either way should be diverted away from court, the chief social worker has said. Isabelle Trowler said there should be 'clear blue water' between children brought into care proceedings and other children considered to be at risk of significant harm.

"Stronger family [...]

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Interview with Amanda De Leon Capdesuner

Local authorities are being urged to use Video Interaction Guidance to work with a whole range of service users. Amanda De Leon Capdesuner, a social worker with more than 22 years post-qualifying experience, says the process, which is a strengths-based interaction used to improve attachment, communication and sensitivity between children and their carers, can be [...]

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Child Protection Failures: Have lessons been learnt?

Victoria Climbie. Baby Peter Connelly. Daniel Pelka. Ayesha Ali. Khyra Ishaq. Ayeeshia Jane Smith. Ellie Butler - to name but a few - the children brutally murdered following appalling episodes of neglect and abuse.

Child protection rarely makes the media headlines until a child dies following abuse or neglect and then a national outcry ensues with [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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

Drug gangs adapt during COVID-19 to groom new recruits

Drug gangs have adapted to new ways to groom new recruits during COVID-19, a report by the National Youth Agency has warned.

While headline statistics reveal a reduction in gang-activity and exploitation, drug gangs have employed new methods such as online activity to groom new recruits and there are fears for an explosion in gang activity [...]

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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds ‘less likely to return to school’ as they re-open

Disadvantaged children are less likely to go back to school as they re-open this week, senior school leaders have reported.

A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research found that senior leaders with the highest proportion of pupils in receipt of Free Schools Meals in their school estimate that 50 per cent of families will [...]

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Adults who spent time in care as children more likely to die prematurely

Adults who spent time in care a more likely to die prematurely and from unnatural causes, according to research by the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.

In fact, adults who spent time during their childhood in care were 70 per cent more likely to die prematurely than those who did not.

One of the authors Professor [...]

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