WillisPalmer launches Remote Assessment Service

WillisPalmer have launched a Remote Assessment Service to deliver social work assessments safely during COVID pandemic.

Read more
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Government seeks contractor to deliver accreditation of social workers

The government has announced the next stages for the assessment and accreditation of social workers as part of its reform programme.

The Department for Education has published a tender document seeking a contractor to set up a system to assess and accredit children and family social workers in England.

The document outlines that the Department wishes 8,000 social workers to be accredited between November 2017 and December 2018.

The contractor will need to provide:

  1. Assessment centres on a regional basis;
  2. Recruitment and training of assessors and observers;
  3. Recruitment and training of actors for simulated observation;
  4. Preparing and expanding a pre-existing digital platform to be ready for National roll out
  5. Design and implementation of a system for result feedback to employers and individuals including a database for securely storing results;
  6. Design and implementation of a system for dealing with retakes, concerns, queries and appeals processes.

The accreditation of social workers is part of the government’s plans for social work reform which will also see an exemption clause introduced which would give the Secretary of State a power to enable local authorities in England to test different ways of working.

The department will be running a number of product surgery information days in advance of issuing the formal invitation to tender.  Anyone interested in attending one of these events should email the Department at NAAS.DELIVERYTENDER@education.gov.uk

Learn more about WillisPalmer:

We are a national network of independent experienced social workers, psychologists, forensic risk assessment experts and qualified therapists.

WillisPalmer is the UK’s largest provider of independent social workers, psychologists, forensic risk assessment experts and qualified therapists. We are able to help with a range of multi-disciplinary assessments.

WillisPalmer has been providing expert reports since 2004, serving local authorities, solicitors and independent organisations throughout the UK and overseas. As a social work owned and operated company, we ensure that children remain at the centre of everything we do.

Whether you’re looking to venture into the world of independent social work or want to instruct one of our experts, we are here to help and look forward to working with you.

www.willispalmer.com | 01206 878178 | enquiry@willispalmer.com

Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work and psychological services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Education secretary acted unlawfully by failing to consult over care legislation during COVID


Education secretary Gavin Williamson acted unlawfully by failing to consult with children’s rights organisations ahead of introducing changes to legal protections for children in care, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Gavin Williamson acted lawfully by in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making “substantial and wide-ranging” changes [...]

Read Full Story

COVID has devastating impact on children’s rights


The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on children’s rights, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned.

In its latest report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the commission has expressed significant concerns about how the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities with key concerns including more children being [...]

Read Full Story

Leap in children being home educated


There has been a rise of almost 40 per cent in the number of children being electively home educated, The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has revealed.

The annual survey of local authorities to look rates of children being home schooled found that the most common reason cited by parents or carers for electing to [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us
closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram