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: Interview with Anne Coyle

Executive Senior Manager Anne Coyle talks to Children First Editor Clare Jerrom on why relationships, resilience, team work and humour are all vital components of service improvement.

Looking after yourself is key to a lengthy career within social services, particularly in the stressful arena of service improvement, a senior manager in change management has warned.

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Working together and confidentiality

Barrister Grahame Richardson of Trinity Chambers on working together in the family justice system and the issue of confidentiality.

Professionals working within the Family Justice system should be aware, in general terms at least, of confidentiality issues.  However, they should also be mindful of their duty, and the duty of other agencies in this field, [...]

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Expert’s Corner with Melanie Phelps

Counselling psychologist Melanie Phelps tells Clare Jerrom the key to success in treating mental health problems in adults

Using several strategies to tackle a mental health disorder is key to the success of the treatment, an eating disorder specialist has said.

Different combinations of therapy, medication, exercise and support should be used in conjunction with each [...]

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Expert's Corner: Interview with John Graham

Clare Jerrom talks to John Graham about the current challenges facing the fostering system.

Recruitment and retention of foster carers is still the critical issue facing the fostering sector, an expert in the field has warned.

John Graham, a fostering consultant, considers that a focus on the recruitment and retention of suitable foster carers will be [...]

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Expert’s Corner with David McClenaghan

David McClenaghan is Partner & Solicitor-Advocate, Higher Courts Civil Proceedings, at Bolt Burdon Kemp and head of the child abuse team. Here he explains his role in helping survivors of abuse to come to terms with their experiences.

One of the high points of David McClenaghan’s career so far has been helping a survivor of [...]

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Expert’s Corner: Interview with Sue Brookman

Children’s guardian Sue Brookman on how the courts and professionals are coping with the deluge of care applications

Recommendations that local authorities and children’s guardians should be able to work together effectively to agree on decisions about a child’s future in care proceedings are not so straightforward in practice, an experienced children’s guardian has warned.

Independent [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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Kent director warns referral spike could be up by 250% when children return to school


There could be an increase of 250% in the number of referrals to children’s services as lockdown is eased further, the corporate director for children and young people at the largest child protection department in the country has warned.

Reiterating concerns that WillisPalmer has been raising over the last few months, Matt Dunkley, head of Kent [...]

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Regulator urges social workers to document CPD to continue practising


Social Work England is urging social workers to upload at least one piece of continuing professional development to their online account to ensure they can continue to practise.

The regulator for social workers in England has introduced a change which requires social workers to renew their registration every year between 1 September and 30 November.

Every [...]

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Government launches consultation on extending relaxation of certain care duties


The government has launched a consultation on plans to extend several of the measures that were introduced to relax statutory duties for social workers in response to COVID-19.

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, or statutory instrument 445 was introduced in April with minimal consultation and without the parliamentary process to relieve pressures [...]

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