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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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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£7m funding for charities supporting children affected by COVID-19 and lockdown measures

Vulnerable children and families affected by COVID-19 and the measures put in place to stop its spread will benefit from support offered by a coalition of charities under a new ‘See, Hear, Respond’ Department for Education programme.

The government has provided £7m of funding to launch the service which will be led by the charity Barnardo’s [...]

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Are you a foodie or a fitness fanatic? The groups emerging during lockdown

While it is inevitable that most of us have probably endured our fair share of wobbles during lockdown, given the fact we have never experienced anything like this before, people have naturally had to adapt their mindsets to navigate their way through social isolation.

I’ve noticed a number of ‘groups’ emerging.

The fitness fanatics

Walking, jogging, running – [...]

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Blog: Abuse during lockdown

WillisPalmer Chief Executive Mark Willis says all professionals working with children need to be ultra vigilant in looking for signs of abuse as we ease out of lockdown.

Children’s services professionals need to be vigilant for signs of emotional, physical and sexual abuse in young people as children return to primary school following lockdown, the chief [...]

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