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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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Dame Esther Rantzen and Rt Hon Andrew McFarlane to address conference

The national conference 'Wisdom from Failure: A Kaleidoscope on Child Protection', which will examine the themes and patterns in the history of failure in child protection in the UK and look at the opportunities to learn from them, will be jointly chaired by Dame Esther Rantzen and Sir Andrew McFarlane.

Dame Esther Rantzen

While journalist [...]

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A multi-disciplinary national child protection conference

A fantastic conference with a difference aimed at professionals in the children’s services sector is being held on 18 May 2018 in London.

‘Wisdom from Failure: A Kaleidoscope on Child Protection’ sets itself aside from other national child protection conferences as the speakers range from a plethora of professions and backgrounds including adult survivors, barristers, [...]

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Blog: Harriet Janetta on driving Service Improvement

WillisPalmer’s Head of Operations, Harriet Janetta says social workers are the organisation’s greatest asset when turning a service around.

Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working within a number of local authorities where they have been rated as inadequate within their Ofsted inspection. I was employed to help improve [...]

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Pace of change at Tameside ‘too slow’

The pace of change and improvement remains too slow at Tameside, Ofsted has warned.

In the third monitoring visit since the local authority was judged inadequate in December 2016, inspectors saw that priorities had been translated into a 12-week plan.

“This has not led to strong coordination of service improvement or consistent frontline practice. As a result, [...]

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Government announces mental health training for teachers

Every secondary school teacher will be offered mental health training by 2020, the government has confirmed.

The training, which was first mooted by the Prime Minister in January, will be delivered by the social enterprise organisation Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. Backed by £200,000 in government funding during the first year, Mental [...]

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Mental health reforms announced by prime minister

The prime minister has announced a package of measures aimed at tackling mental health problems.

Speaking at the annual Charity Commission lecture, Theresa May unveiled a comprehensive package of reforms designed to improve mental health support at every stage of a person’s life – with an emphasis on early intervention for children and young people.

Ms [...]

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Deprivation of liberty orders triple for children in care

06/08/2020

Deprivation of liberty orders placed on children in care have tripled in the last two years, an investigation by BBC News has revealed.

The investigation showed that deprivation of liberty orders are increasingly being used to detain children in homes when suitable accommodation cannot be found.

Director of children’s rights charity Article 39 Carolyne Willow slammed the [...]

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Schools should be the last place to be locked down in any future outbreaks, says commissioner

05/08/2020

Schools should be the last places to be locked down if any local or national lockdown takes place, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield argues that if any lockdown takes place, schools should be the last places to be locked down, after pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops.

She says that given what it known [...]

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Majority of local authorities struggle to recruit experienced social workers

04/08/2020

Just two per cent of local authorities in England find it easy to recruit experienced social workers, Department for Education research has found.

The fifth wave of the DfE Children’s Services Omnibus Survey, which looks at senior local authority and Children’s Services Trust’s leaders’ perceptions on, and activities relating to, a range of policy areas, found [...]

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