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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Psychology Services

We have a national network of highly-trained and experienced psychologists providing a range of services.

WillisPalmer has been providing expert psychological services for the past 16 years to a variety of organisations including local authorities, solicitors and private organisations. Our highly trained and experienced professionals can provide a variety of services including assessments, expert reports and therapy.

Our expert psychologists, all of whom are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, offer a broad range of assessment and therapy services for children and their families, including the following:

  • Expert assessment of parents in public and private law proceedings
  • Assessment of psychological functioning
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Education assessments
  • Assessment of educational needs
  • Responding to children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Multi-disciplinary assessments
  • Forensic risk assessments

Learn more about our specialist forensic risk assessments.

Multi-disciplinary Services

As a genuinely multi-disciplinary organisation, WillisPalmer provides multi-disciplinary teams of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, therapists and family support workers to provide support and intervention to children and families. Our Multi-Disciplinary Family Assessment service is a prime example of our professionals working together to address complex problems and keep families together where possible and safe to do so.

WillisPalmer also provides a genuinely Multi-Disciplinary Family Restoration Service primarily for children who are accommodated under S.20 or the subject of a Care Order or Interim Care Order.

Our multi-disciplinary team of experts comprising a social worker, psychologist and family support worker (FSW) work together to identify problems and work alongside the family to address these issues in a bid to keep families together and put an end to the revolving door phenomenon of children entering care, leaving care only to re-enter the care system at a later date. Read more about our Multi-Disciplinary Family Restoration Service here.

WillisPalmer Quality Assurance

WillisPalmer exists to promote and protect the welfare of children. We believe that a rigorous quality assurance process is central to this aim. Therefore 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. Click here to read more about our QA process.

Who are our services for?

  • Local authorities
  • Solicitors
  • Courts
  • Independent organisations e.g. children’s residential homes
  • Schools
  • Private individuals

The majority of our referrals come from local authorities and solicitors for assessments taking place in court proceedings and pre-proceedings under the public law outline (PLO). This usually involves our psychologists assessing parents for psychological issues, cognitive functioning and capacity to protect children to ascertain whether a parent has either mental health problems, learning disabilities or if they have the parenting capacity to protect children from potential abuse. This assessment should be carried out with parents before any other services become involved because if the parent presents with a personality disorder, for example, services need to be aware of that when working with the parent. Similarly, if the parent is assessed as having a learning disability, they may require a specialist PAMS assessment and may require more time or specific measures when other agencies become involved with the family.

Our psychologists also carry out assessments of children to determine whether the trauma they may have encountered has impacted on them psychologically. Psychologists may also carry out assessments around attachment to establish whether sibling attachment is present and whether siblings should be kept together or whether it would be beneficial to separate them. Parent-child attachment may also be assessed by our experts.

What people said about our services?

WillisPalmer takes immense pride in providing high quality and quality assured social work services to our clients. Don't take our word for it, see what others had to say about our services.

“Both the professionally qualified advocates and the Guardian were very impressed with the psychologist as a witness, and would like to pass on their thanks to him for the clear and concise way in which he was able to give his evidence”

Solicitor, South East England

“Whenever I require an expert to undertake an assessment, I always contact WillisPalmer as part of our search due to their swift response. I will definitely be using WillisPalmer again”

Solicitor, Kent

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