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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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Fostering

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Blog: Fostering and Attachment

By David Bocking: Fostering and Attachment

Our new baby is a walker. She arrived fairly suddenly, we had a call in the afternoon and then there she was with her social worker, just before teatime, a little girl who couldn’t yet talk faced with two people she’d never met who she was going to [...]

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She's our foster baby!

If you’re a baby, you should be aware that being seen out on your own with a proud looking man in his fifties will raise eyebrows. Grandparents with babies generally come in pairs, although female-only elder companionship is also common when parents are busy working.
Friends of the man in question will often do a [...]

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Over 8,500 foster carers required in UK to meet demand

More than 8,500 foster carers are required across the UK next year, The Fostering Network has warned.

Taking into consideration factors such as the percentage of the foster carer workforce leaving each year and the change in the numbers of children in care, the charity states that more than 8,500 foster carers are needed to look [...]

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Foster carers to sue Surrey Council over Parsons Green bomber

A couple who have been foster carers for 47 years are taking legal action against Surrey Council after they placed a child with the couple who made a bomb and left it at Parsons Green station.

Penny and Ron Jones, who have fostered 269 children for the council and been awarded MBEs for their services, claim [...]

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Rewarding? That description doesn't come close

Rewarding? That description doesn't come close.

In the latest in his series of blogs, foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council.

When she arrived, our second foster baby was weak and pale and poorly. She had a viral infection along with severe feeding problems, and life [...]

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Rewarding? That description doesn't come close

Rewarding? That description doesn't come close.
In the latest in his series of blogs, foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council.
When she arrived, our second foster baby was weak and pale and poorly. She had a viral infection along with severe feeding problems, [...]

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Knowledge & Resources

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Young people with mental ill health struggling in lockdown

14/07/2020

Eighty per cent of children and young people with mental health problems have said that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse.

The second survey by children and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds found that 41% of young people with mental health problems said it had made their mental health “much worse”, up [...]

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Campaign urges everyone to be aware of signs of child abuse

13/07/2020

Professionals including postal workers, delivery drivers and plumbers are being urged to look out for signs of child abuse when visiting people’s homes in an awareness campaign launched by The Children’s Society and National Police Chiefs Council.

Neighbours and professionals are being urged to look out for signs a child may be being abused at home [...]

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Government provides grant for care leavers at risk of homelessness

13/07/2020

Funding has been allocated by the government to 21 local authorities to support care leavers at risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.

A total of £723,114.33 grant funding has been allocated to local authorities who had the highest number of care leavers who were homeless or of no fixed abode, in either emergency or Bed and [...]

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