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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 with Gretchen Precey

Clare Jerrom talks to Independent Social Worker Gretchen Precey about children’s mental health.

The care system is not always geared up to address the mental health needs of children and young people, an Independent Social Worker has warned.

While one in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder – the equivalent of three children in every [...]

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Expert’s Corner: Mary Cullen

Clare Jerrom speaks to Independent Social Worker, Mary Cullen about the importance of attachment theory in social work practice.

Attachment theory can be under-rated in social work practice, an expert in parenting, emotional and cognitive functioning in children and adults has warned.

Independent Social Worker Mary Cullen says that while attachment theory is one of [...]

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Changing attachment: cognitive wrestling, Johari’s window and a tale of two cups

Quality Assurance consultant, Terence Simmons considers attachment in the context of parenting assessments and especially what needs to be taken into account when making a recommendation for therapy.

The vast majority of the parenting assessment reports I read as a Quality Assurance consultant contain a recommendation for therapy for parents of three to six month’s [...]

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Expert’s Corner with Philip King

Clare Jerrom speaks to Philip King about his views on the fostering stocktake

The recently published Fostering Stocktake appears to have divided opinion among the children’s services sector. While its thoroughness and spotlight on the foster care sector has been applauded by many, others have slammed some of the recommendations and [...]

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Blog: Child Sexual Exploitation

WillisPalmer’s Head of Operations, Harriet Jannetta on working with children who may be the victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Our decision to highlight the subject of child sexual exploitation within the March issue of Children First was made because, whilst high profile prosecutions such as those in Rotherham (2010), Oxford (2013) and the Buckinghamshire [...]

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Expert’s Corner: Linda Helliar on CSE

Professionals working with children and young people have to be flexible and evolve in their responses to Child Sexual Exploitation as the understanding of the issue becomes greater, CSE expert, Linda Helliar has warned.

Linda Helliar, an independent social worker with more than 20 years’ experience in child protection, said that while CSE is seen a [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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Inquiry launches investigation into potential abuse of children in Lambeth


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is set to conclude its public hearing into the Children in the Care of Lambeth Council investigation later this month.

The IICSA was set up by the government following concerns that some organisations had failed to protect children from child sexual abuse. In November 2015, it was announced that [...]

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Expert’s Corner: Kelly Berkeley


Independent Social Worker Kelly Berkeley on the importance of experience when carrying out complex parenting assessments.

Social workers carrying out parenting assessments need to be able to engage with people they have never met before quickly and develop a rapport with them, an expert in parenting assessments has said.

Independent Social Worker Kelly Berkeley says those carrying [...]

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Young children who engage in play with their fathers are better able to control their emotions


Children whose fathers engage with play with them from a young age may be able to control their emotions and behaviour as they grow up, research has found.

The findings of the research carried out by Cambridge University’s faculty of education and the LEGO Foundation found that while there are similarities in play from mothers and [...]

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