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 with Gretchen Precey

Gretchen Precey on what skills and experience ISWs bring to parenting assessments

Independent Social Workers conducting parenting assessments should remain neutral and put any preconceptions they may have about the family to one side, a fellow ISW has warned.

Gretchen Precey says that a key skill for social workers undertaking parenting assessments is to keep an [...]

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Everyone should know where they come from

Jill Seeney is an Independent Social Worker with a specialist interest in therapeutic interventions with children including Life Story Work.

Everyone has a right to know where they came from and who they are. However, for some children in care, their family circumstances means that they may not know key information about their backgrounds and, [...]

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Experts Corner: Interview with Andre Palmer

Kites Children’s Services director Andre Palmer on working with children who display harmful sexual behaviour

Children who display harmful sexual behaviour should not be treated as mini sex offenders, a parliamentary inquiry found this month. The inquiry into support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behaviour, supported by Barnardo’s, found [...]

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Expert’s Corner: Interview with Craig Barlow about Child Sexual Exploitation

CSE Expert Craig Barlow talks to Clare Jerrom about how social work practice needs to change to effectively protect children from Child Sexual Exploitation.

The whole approach to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation needs to be transformed in order to protect children and tackle offending behaviour from perpetrators, an expert in CSE has warned.

Craig Barlow, Independent [...]

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Meet the Editor

Clare Jerrom is an award-winning journalist AND editor specialising in social work. Clare worked at Community Care for over 10 years and her investigations focused on the treatment of children in youth custody.

For five of those years, Clare was the website editor developing online content and managing the transition from magazine to web.

Clare has worked [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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Children’s charities warn that children’s services are ill-prepared to cope with challenges posed by COVID-19

Local authority children’s services are ill-prepared to deal with the challenges posed by the coronavirus lockdown, a group of children’s charities have warned.

Years of under-investment have resulted in children’s services fire-fighting and unprepared for the “torrent of extra challenges” posed by COVID-19, analysis by Barnardo’s. Action for Children, The Children’s Society, NSPCC and the National [...]

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Children’s commissioner: Thousands of vulnerable children at risk in lockdown

Hundreds of thousands of children in England are living with a cocktail of secondary risks that Covid-19 may exacerbate, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield highlighted that thousands of children are experiencing a lack of food in the house, homelessness, sofa-surfing or living in cramped living conditions, neglect, domestic abuse, substance abuse and [...]

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Parents express fear for children’s mental health amid COVID-19

The government has been urged to take action now to limit the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s mental health.

Children and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds is launching a campaign ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ calling for young people who need mental health advice to be able to get it, increased support for families, [...]

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