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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Psychology and Therapy

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Expert's Corner: Dr Anna Preston

Clinical psychologist Dr Anna Preston talks to Clare Jerrom about carrying out parenting assessments in an ethical, timely and multi-disciplinary way.

The benefit of having multi-agency meetings at the beginning of an assessment means families are not subjected to numerous assessments with multiple professionals over a lengthy time period while parenting abilities are established, which means [...]

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Expert's Corner: Dr Anna Preston

Clinical psychologist Dr Anna Preston talks to Clare Jerrom about carrying out parenting assessments in an ethical, timely and multi-disciplinary way.
The benefit of having multi-agency meetings at the beginning of an assessment means families are not subjected to numerous assessments with multiple professionals over a lengthy time period while parenting abilities are established, which [...]

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Compulsory health education in schools from 2020

New guidance supporting schools how to teach pupils about mental health has been launched by the Department for Education.

Education secretary Damian Hinds said the guidance will mean that from September 2020 all children in England will learn in schools how to look after their mental wellbeing with a focus on the link between physical and [...]

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Ofsted finds limited progress at Sunderland

Progress in improving services at Sunderland has been limited, Ofsted has said.

Due to a technical fault, the electronic case recording system was unavailable on the second day of the first monitoring visit since the local authority was judged inadequate for overall effectiveness for a second time in July 2018. This resulted in the inspectors [...]

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NHS Long Term Plan highlights commitment to children's mental health

The NHS has published its long-term plan, pledging to prioritise children and young people's mental health services.
The NHS Long-Term Plan states that over the next five years, the NHS will continue to invest in expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people.
In a new [...]

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NHS Long Term Plan highlights commitment to children's mental health

The NHS has published its long-term plan, pledging to prioritise children and young people's mental health services.

The NHS Long-Term Plan states that over the next five years, the NHS will continue to invest in expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people.

In a new commitment, the [...]

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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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