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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8.8m attempts to access child abuse imagery blocked by IWF

The Internet Watch Foundation and its partners blocked at least 8.8 million attempts by UK internet users to access videos and images of children suffering sexual abuse during lockdown, the charity has revealed.

The IWF and partners has successfully blocked and filtered at least 8.8 million attempts by UK internet users to access videos and images [...]

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Special Report - Learning from practice: Deaths of children in care in Scotland

Reports published after a child in care in Scotland dies should be signed off by a chief social worker but should include contributions from other partners, the Care Inspectorate has stated.

Forty-two children in care in Scotland died between 2012 and 2018, and a further 19 young people in receipt of continuing care and aftercare also [...]

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Scottish government issues guidance on tackling domestic abuse during COVID-19 pandemic

Women, children and young people experiencing Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in communities across Scotland are at significant increased risk of harm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supplementary National Violence Against Women Guidance, produced by the Scottish government, COSLA, Public Health Scotland and the Improvement Service, states that measures introduced to control [...]

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Tech bosses have failed to make their platforms safe for children

Children’s charity the NSPCC is urging the government to deliver legislation that sets out a Duty of Care on tech firms to make their sites safer for children, within 18 months.

More than 10,000 online grooming crimes have been recorded by police under a new law that made it illegal for adults to send sexual messages [...]

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Number of vulnerable children attending school rises significantly

The number of vulnerable children attending school has risen, according to Department for Education figures.

Back in April, we reported how just 5 per cent of vulnerable children were attending school. Around 84,000 children attended an educational establishment on Friday 17 April, representing 0.9% of pupils who normally attend. Of those, 24,000 of the [...]

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Local authorities need sustained investment to support vulnerable children post lockdown

WillisPalmer Chief Executive Mark Willis calls for investment in children’s services following 10 years of under-funding to enable them to help support vulnerable children bearing scars of lockdown

As prime minister Boris Johnson has announced certain further easing of restrictions imposed under lockdown, such as non-essential retailers re-opening and groups of six able to meet [...]

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Drug gangs adapt during COVID-19 to groom new recruits

Drug gangs have adapted to new ways to groom new recruits during COVID-19, a report by the National Youth Agency has warned.

While headline statistics reveal a reduction in gang-activity and exploitation, drug gangs have employed new methods such as online activity to groom new recruits and there are fears for an explosion in gang activity [...]

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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds ‘less likely to return to school’ as they re-open

Disadvantaged children are less likely to go back to school as they re-open this week, senior school leaders have reported.

A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research found that senior leaders with the highest proportion of pupils in receipt of Free Schools Meals in their school estimate that 50 per cent of families will [...]

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Adults who spent time in care as children more likely to die prematurely

Adults who spent time in care a more likely to die prematurely and from unnatural causes, according to research by the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.

In fact, adults who spent time during their childhood in care were 70 per cent more likely to die prematurely than those who did not.

One of the authors Professor [...]

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