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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Why social work could benefit from Black Box thinking


Director of WillisPalmer, Mark Willis on what social work can learn from the aviation industry and learning from failure.

December 28th, 1978.  United Airlines Flight 173 took off from JFK International airport in New York heading to Portland, Oregon.  Captain Malburn McBroom was a 52-year-old veteran of the Second World War, an exceptionally experienced [...]

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Regulation reforms may ‘breach social workers’ human rights’

The government’s proposals to reform the regulation of social work have been met with “deep concern” by Nagalro.

The Professional Association for Children's Guardians, Family Court Advisers and Independent Social Workers believes that the proposals do not comply with the requirements of the Human Rights Act.

Draft regulations, published by the Department for Education, suggests that social [...]

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Expert’s Corner: Terence Simmons on evidence based assessments

Terence Simmons, independent social worker, trainer and quality assurance consultant at WillisPalmer says, “it is unethical not to use evidence based practice when deciding if a child should be removed from home”. 

“Children come to the attention of local authorities because somebody somewhere wanted to alert child protection services about a child being potentially in need. [...]

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‘Witnessing domestic violence gave me my greatest asset’

Independent Social Worker and Improvement Consultant Lavinia, or Vinnie, Moore on how experiencing domestic violence as a child became her greatest strength in child protection

Growing up in the 1950’s, Vinnie Moore remembers being frightened by her father’s violent behaviour towards her mother. As her mum was being assaulted, Vinnie grabbed the phone and dialled [...]

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Special Report: Joint approach to domestic violence

The government launched guidance last month aimed at ensuring victims of domestic violence can access safe, long-term accommodation.

The guidance makes it clear that local authorities should treat victims of domestic abuse, currently in safe accommodation such as a refuge, as a priority for social housing. Local authorities are being encouraged to use their existing powers [...]

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ONS reports 1.9m adults experience domestic violence

A staggering 1.9 million adults experienced domestic abuse in the last year, official statistics show.

The March 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales report compiled by the Office for National Statistics revealed that 1.2 million women and 713,000 men experienced domestic violence in the last year.

The police recorded 1.1 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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Lockdown pressures lead to children’s services referral rates increasing

01/07/2020

Financial worries, social isolation, being cooped up 24/7, substance misuse, mental ill health and frayed tensions resulting in domestic abuse – why referrals to children’s services are already on the rise before all children return to school.

Referrals to children’s services are creeping back up – despite many children still being out of education and schools [...]

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Children should be at heart of recovery process from Coronavirus

30/06/2020

More than 150 organisations have urged the government to place children at the heart of the recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement from the 150 organisations, which was coordinated by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC and The Children’s Society, says that this generation of children face unprecedented threats to their childhoods [...]

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New Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract awarded to Salvation Army

30/06/2020

A new Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract has been awarded to The Salvation Army to provide potential and confirmed victims of modern slavery with a service that better meets the needs of each victim, including those with specialist and complex needs.

As part of the National Referral Mechanism, it will ensure the safeguarding and protection of [...]

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