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A look back at 2022 with WillisPalmer's Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins…

2022 saw people trying to get back to some degree of normality following the Covid-19 lockdowns, restrictions and school closures that we had faced for the previous two years. However, the impact of Covid-19 continued and many services experienced, and continue to experience, backlogs and difficulties, including those services relating to children and families.

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John Lewis Christmas advert highlights important messages regarding foster care and looked after children

Every year people are excited to see what the theme of the John Lewis & Partners Christmas advert will be. This year's advert reminded our Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins, of all the times she arrived at the homes of foster carers with children or young people who were anxious, scared, worried and hungry, having just [...]

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The WillisPalmer Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2022

Who Wins..? You Decide!

We have two Christmas trees at the WillisPalmer office and this year the staff upstairs are going to compete with the staff downstairs to see who has the best decorated tree... and we want YOU to decide on the winner!

Tree 1 - Downstairs 

Tree [...]

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Council apologises to survivor of child sexual exploitation 30 years after abuse took place

This month we have heard in the news about another survivor of child sexual abuse and exploitation who has received a written apology from the Director of Children and Families at Leeds City Council as a result of a breach of their duty of care towards her whilst she was a looked after child placed [...]

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Increase in unaccompanied asylum seeking children placed in the care of local authorities

There has been much said in the news in recent weeks and months about asylum seeking children; the increase in the looked after children population due to the increase of children seeking asylum in the UK, the whereabouts of asylum seeking looked after children being unknown to local authorities, and the Home Office changing [...]

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Early Help: Care Review’s Josh MacAlister is executive chair of new body to help with early interventions for children and families

Following the Care Review published in May of this year, it’s lead, Josh MacAlister, has been appointed as executive chair of a new body currently being referred to as What Works for Early Intervention and Children’s Social Care, and will commence this role this month. The new body merges the Department for Education funded What [...]

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A look back at 2022 with WillisPalmer's Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins…

09/12/2022

2022 saw people trying to get back to some degree of normality following the Covid-19 lockdowns, restrictions and school closures that we had faced for the previous two years. However, the impact of Covid-19 continued and many services experienced, and continue to experience, backlogs and difficulties, including those services relating to children and families.

Social worker [...]

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John Lewis Christmas advert highlights important messages regarding foster care and looked after children

09/12/2022

Every year people are excited to see what the theme of the John Lewis & Partners Christmas advert will be. This year's advert reminded our Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins, of all the times she arrived at the homes of foster carers with children or young people who were anxious, scared, worried and hungry, having just [...]

Read Full Story

The WillisPalmer Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2022

09/12/2022
Who Wins..? You Decide!

We have two Christmas trees at the WillisPalmer office and this year the staff upstairs are going to compete with the staff downstairs to see who has the best decorated tree... and we want YOU to decide on the winner!

Tree 1 - Downstairs 

Tree [...]

Read Full Story
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