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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Academics, lawyers and survivors to address unique conference

A huge array of speakers from a variety of backgrounds will be addressing the conference, 'Wisdom from Failure: A Kaleidoscope on Child Protection'.

Keynote speaker: Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is a columnist for The Times, the author of three acclaimed books – Bounce, Black Box Thinking and You Are Awesome, published last year which is aimed at [...]

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Longfield: Rate of progress in CAMHS is not good enough

The current rate of progress in CAMHS is still not good enough for the majority of children who require help but are not receiving it, Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said.

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “I welcome the progress that is being made in some parts of the country [...]

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Ofsted looks at Sheffields improvement work

Ofsted inspectors saw some effective work in supporting children on the edge of care at Sheffields Children Services underpinned by increased staffing and strengthened formal decision-making processes.

Sheffield has been working to improve its children’s services since an internal review in the latter part of 2017 identified inconsistent service-wide social work practice and management oversight that [...]

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Strengthened focus on permanence planning at Cheshire East

Senior leaders at Cheshire East Council have ensured that children increasingly benefit from a strengthened focus on permanence planning at both strategic and operational levels, Ofsted has said.

Cheshire East local authority children’s services were last inspected by Ofsted in July 2015, when the local authority was judged as requiring improvement to be good, with the [...]

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Strong leadership leads improvements at Knowsley

Improvements have been seen at Knowsley children's services thanks to strong, committed senior leadership and good corporate support, Ofsted has said.

Knowsley’s children’s services were last inspected by Ofsted in 2017, when the overall effectiveness of services was judged to require improvement to be good. However, progress seen at that inspection has been sustained and built [...]

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Benefits of having a Head of Well-Being revealed

Schools should all appoint a Head of Well-Being, a report from Nuffield Health has found.

The report ‘Improving wellbeing in schools’ found that putting a dedicated role into schools with responsibility for wellbeing can make a positive difference to the emotional and physical wellbeing of students and staff.

Robert Shadbolt, Head Teacher at Wood Green Secondary School [...]

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COVID-19 A frontline social worker’s perspective


No safety equipment, no hand sanitiser, fewer staff and the likelihood of more cases combined with little understand or appreciation from the public and families using coronavirus as a ‘convenient excuse’ to turn social workers away – the reality of frontline social work practice amidst COVID-19.

Standing the obligatory two metres from the foster carer’s front [...]

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Blog: Child Abuse Litigation Service in Scotland


By Philip King, Executive Consultant, WillisPalmer

I would like to start by offering my very best wishes to readers in these very difficult and uncertain times. I hope you, your families and colleagues are keeping safe and well. At WillisPalmer we have worked hard in planning to ensure our staff are safe, and our service is [...]

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The reality of dealing with food shortages


I have spoken about getting stern with my three children about wasting food since we are on lockdown, but it has undoubtedly created problems.

I have always questioned how my children manage to get through the day at school with one snack and lunch because, as soon as they get home, they are ravenous and eating [...]

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