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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Psychiatric Services

WillisPalmer has a team of highly trained and experienced psychiatrists available.

WillisPalmer has a team of highly trained and experienced psychiatrists available to provide high-quality assessments and reports throughout the UK. Our psychiatric practitioners are able to assess both children and their families, providing recommendations and advice on the following topics:

  • Addiction
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Capacity
  • Culture
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fitness to Plea
  • Forensic Risk
  • Neglect
  • Parental Mental Health
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Risk
  • Trauma
  • Treatment Recommendations
  • Substance Misuse

Our psychiatrists can carry out assessments of children and families and offer recommendations. We also provide a range of therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Theraplay and Art Therapy. See our therapy page for more detailed content.

Quality Assurance

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 Quality Assurance Consultants to quality assure all reports before they are filed with the instructing party. The QACs have been personally selected by the chief executive because of their significant experience in both undertaking specialist reports, and managing the quality of reports over many years.

This means that you can have peace of mind that not only has the report been carried out by an experienced and highly trained professional, but that this work goes through a further process to ensure it is of the highest standard, meets the needs of the instructing clients and - above all - is child-focused and centres around the needs of the child or children.

Click here to read more about our QA process.

Who are our services for?

A wide range of organisations can benefit from the services we provide. this includes;

  • Local authorities
  • Courts
  • Independent organisations
  • Residential homes

Why is this important?

One in 10  young people has some form of diagnosable mental health condition and  half of all mental health problems are established before the age of 14. Early intervention can prevent problems escalating and have major societal benefits.

However, cash strapped local authorities have had to scale back their early intervention services to focus money on child protection and crises and with thresholds to CAMHS so high, many children are missing out on the help they need. In fact, research by the Education Policy Institute found that over a quarter of referrals to specialist children’s mental health services were rejected in 2018-2019 due to high thresholds.

The wider economic costs of mental ill health in England are estimated at £105bn each year and it is therefore imperative that children and families can access high quality psychiatric services.

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Knowledge & Resources

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

DBS Update Service

For all new DBS applications you can now register for the DBS update service.The update service allows the disclosure to be checked by employers online. This means that your DBS Certificate can be used across multiple work roles with children and/or vulnerable adults avoiding the expense and time taken of applying for individual certificates for [...]

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HCPC re-registration for social workers

The window of time to sort HCPC re-registration opens on 1 September.

This will be the first time social workers have renewed in the new system since the registration and regulation of social workers in England changed on 1 August 2012, when the Health and Care Professions Council took over responsibility for the social care register.

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Councils 'unaware' of how many children 'neglected'

Councils 'unaware' of how many children 'neglected'

Research by Action for Children has found that most local authorities have no system for counting the number of neglected children

Most English local authorities do not have systems in place to identify how many children are being neglected, according to research by Action for Children.

Freedom of Information requests carried [...]

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