WillisPalmer offers therapeutic services and assessments to young people and their carers and Forensic Risk Assessments for those involved in intra-and-extrafamilial sexual abuse.
As a genuinely multi-disciplinary organisation, we also carry out multi-disciplinary assessments of children and families.
We have been carrying out assessments for local authorities, the courts and independent organisations for 16 years. We have a range of expert social workers with a broad base of knowledge and skills, promising you delivery of high-quality assessments.
We provide a wide variety of assessments including expertly written and quality assured reports for local authorities and the courts on the following issues:
A key principle of WillisPalmer is to promote and protect the welfare of children. Therefore, we strongly believe that a rigorous quality assurance process is central to this aim. We invest heavily in a robust system to ensure reports are comprehensive, focused on the needs of the child and provide a detailed response to instructions.
WillisPalmer has recruited a team of Consultant Social Workers (CSWs) to quality assure all reports before they are filed with the instructing party. The CSWs have significant experience in both undertaking specialist reports, and managing the quality of reports over many years. Read more about our QA process.
Firstly, you can contact WillisPalmer by phone on 01206 878178 or online. Please provide us with information about the service you require and we will endeavour to get back to you on the same working day. We will need as much information about the case as possible: who it involves, why you require an assessment, what you want us to assess for, where the person is, any background information and helpful documents. We will provide you with the CVs of professionals able and ready to carry out the assessment within 24 hours. Our professionals will be able to start working immediately on us receiving a letter of instruction. Our assessments are typically carried out within a six week time-scale.
WillisPalmer's managed service includes:
Solicitor, Local Authority, London Borough
“The independent social worker was very professional and reliable throughout the whole process. It was evident the ISW was independent and was making their own professional judgement on what the issues and concerns were."
“The report was of an excellent standard. It was thorough, factual and informative, closing many of the gaps in knowledge within the case. The Court and Judge commented on the standards of professionalism of the independent social worker, the integrity of his report and in his evidence during the final hearing”Solicitor, London
Fostering Team Manager, South Essex Local Authority
“I have found working with Suzanne to be enormously beneficial, she is incredibly knowledgeable, efficient and professional. This has been a complex piece of work and she has turned this around in a timely manner and has remained focused and very fair to both parties despite the complexities. I am incredibly appreciative of her work and inspired by meeting her.”
Dr Julia Brophy at the University of Oxford carried out research into the quality of ISW reports, including those from WillisPalmer.
"The independence of the ISW as an expert witness for the court is a key factor in the assessment. Reports reflect a dynamic approach to case work moving between the accounts of different parties (in statements/evidence) and events, and back to parents. Reports demonstrate assessments are robust and focused but fair," said the report.
"Findings also indicate that in certain circumstances courts may be severely hampered in the absence of access to the skills and expertise provided by ISWs - not least in case managing to meet the six month ‘standard’ for completion of care cases recommended by the FJR and accepted by government."
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