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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Blog: Advocacy for Care Experienced Young People

A blog on advocacy for care experienced young people by Luke Rodgers.

Luke Rodgers is the Director & Founder of Foster Focus, starting his life in care - he like many other children, unfortunately, didn't feel his experiences were positive ones. After moving from foster home to foster home, living in children's homes and in and [...]

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Expert's Corner: Interview with Sylvia McKenzie


 
ISW Sylvia McKenzie talks to Clare Jerrom about the in-depth process of Special Guardianship Order assessments and why they must always remain child-centred.
 
 
 
Special Guardianship Order assessments (SGO) must be completely child-focused and address the needs of the child first and foremost, an expert in SGO's has warned.
Independent [...]

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Expert's Corner: Interview with Sylvia McKenzie

 

ISW Sylvia McKenzie talks to Clare Jerrom about the in-depth process of Special Guardianship Order assessments and why they must always remain child-centred.

 

 

 

Special Guardianship Order assessments (SGO) must be completely child-focused and address the needs of the child first and foremost, an expert in SGO's has warned.

Independent Social Worker Sylvia McKenzie, who has more [...]

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Experts Corner: Interview with Helen Johnson

ISW Helen Johnson talks to Clare Jerrom about sibling assessments

Siblings should always be placed together wherever possible and where it is in all the children’s best interests, an expert in sibling assessments has stated.

Helen Johnson, who has been carrying out sibling assessments for the past 10 years, said placing siblings together should be the “default [...]

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Why there is an urgent need for training on strained child/parent relationships and estrangement

Why there is an urgent need for training on strained child/parent relationships and estrangement:

Independent Social Worker, Patricia Barry-Relph reports on her recent trip to Washington for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 55th annual conference  

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts AFCC is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving [...]

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Sibling Separation - The argument for and against

Clare Jerrom takes a look at the proposals in the fostering stocktake around sibling separation and the arguments against such a move.

The legal requirement of placing siblings together in foster care was challenged earlier this year in the national Fostering Stocktake, prompting criticism from the sector.

It may be enshrined in almost 30 year old legislation [...]

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8.8m attempts to access child abuse imagery blocked by IWF

The Internet Watch Foundation and its partners blocked at least 8.8 million attempts by UK internet users to access videos and images of children suffering sexual abuse during lockdown, the charity has revealed.

The IWF and partners has successfully blocked and filtered at least 8.8 million attempts by UK internet users to access videos and images [...]

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Special Report - Learning from practice: Deaths of children in care in Scotland

Reports published after a child in care in Scotland dies should be signed off by a chief social worker but should include contributions from other partners, the Care Inspectorate has stated.

Forty-two children in care in Scotland died between 2012 and 2018, and a further 19 young people in receipt of continuing care and aftercare also [...]

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Scottish government issues guidance on tackling domestic abuse during COVID-19 pandemic

Women, children and young people experiencing Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in communities across Scotland are at significant increased risk of harm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supplementary National Violence Against Women Guidance, produced by the Scottish government, COSLA, Public Health Scotland and the Improvement Service, states that measures introduced to control [...]

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