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

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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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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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Blog: Further evidence emerges of massive hike in child protection referrals in autumn

30/07/2020

By Mark Willis, Chief Executive of WillisPalmer

It comes as no surprise that a report into how local authorities have coped with COVID-19 has revealed that respondents are concerned about a massive spike in referrals once children return to school .

WillisPalmer has been warning for months about the detrimental effect that a lengthy lockdown [...]

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Stress levels high in social work before COVID-19 pandemic

29/07/2020

Stress levels in social workers were already high before the outbreak of COVID-19, research has found.

A Department for Education commissioned longitudinal study tracking the careers of local authority child and family social workers in England over five years found that one-quarter social workers who reported they were not stressed by their job at Wave 1 [...]

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Foster children need tailored transitions back to education

29/07/2020

There should be tailored transition arrangements for children in foster care when they head back to school, the Fostering Network has warned.

The primary focus of the initial return of foster carers to school should be on students’ mental health and wellbeing, the charity states, after a survey they carried out found that almost eight in [...]

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