WillisPalmer launches Children’s Charter to support vulnerable children

Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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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

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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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YoungMinds calls for funding to provide wellbeing and mental health support in schools

18/10/2020

More than 60 per cent of young people with mental health have found their mental health worsening since they have returned to school, according to a survey by YoungMinds.

A survey of 2,011 11-18 year olds with a history of mental health needs for the children and young people’s mental health charity found that only 27% [...]

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Young people at heart of Scottish Government’s mental health plan amid COVID-19

14/10/2020

Children and young people are the focus of a new plan in Scotland to help tackle the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new plan, which builds on innovations and new service designs that have emerged in response to the pandemic, such as the ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign, the expansion of digital services [...]

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Scottish government must invest in family support without delay, say charities

14/10/2020

Children’s charities in Scotland are urging the Scottish government to invest in family support immediately after years of austerity has impacted on vulnerable families.

A report by the charities, ‘Challenges from the Frontline – Revisited,’ highlights the devastating impact of the rollout of welfare reform on children and their families and the effects of local government [...]

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