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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Majority of missing persons cases involve children aged 12-17

Most incidents of missing persons involve children aged between 12 and 17, new data reveals.

The overall number of missing related calls received by police forces across England and Wales police forces fell from 405,798 in 2017/18 to 382,960 in 2018/19.

However, the number of missing incidents related to children aged between 12-17 in 2018/19 was 165,932 [...]

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Fancy ‘dipping your toe’ into independent social work?

Have you considered a career as an Independent Social Worker but feel nervous about leaving the safety net of full-time employed work? WillisPalmer can be of help.

We are the largest independent provider of Independent Social Workers in the UK with a strong reputation based on high quality and standards, an ethical and child-focused approach and [...]

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Controversial approach to tackling sex workers in Leeds praised

A controversial programme tackling sex work in an area of Leeds, which moves away from conventional law enforcement, has been generally successful and should continue to evolve, researchers at Huddersfield University have found.

The Managed Approach scheme, introduced by the Safer Leeds Partnership in 2014, is a multi-agency approach and was adopted, aiming to reduce the [...]

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Kent director warns referral spike could be up by 250% when children return to school

There could be an increase of 250% in the number of referrals to children’s services as lockdown is eased further, the corporate director for children and young people at the largest child protection department in the country has warned.

Reiterating concerns that WillisPalmer has been raising over the last few months, Matt Dunkley, head of Kent [...]

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Regulator urges social workers to document CPD to continue practising

Social Work England is urging social workers to upload at least one piece of continuing professional development to their online account to ensure they can continue to practise.

The regulator for social workers in England has introduced a change which requires social workers to renew their registration every year between 1 September and 30 November.

Every [...]

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Government launches consultation on extending relaxation of certain care duties

The government has launched a consultation on plans to extend several of the measures that were introduced to relax statutory duties for social workers in response to COVID-19.

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, or statutory instrument 445 was introduced in April with minimal consultation and without the parliamentary process to relieve pressures [...]

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Blog: Further evidence emerges of massive hike in child protection referrals in autumn


By Mark Willis, Chief Executive of WillisPalmer

It comes as no surprise that a report into how local authorities have coped with COVID-19 has revealed that respondents are concerned about a massive spike in referrals once children return to school .

WillisPalmer has been warning for months about the detrimental effect that a lengthy lockdown [...]

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Stress levels high in social work before COVID-19 pandemic


Stress levels in social workers were already high before the outbreak of COVID-19, research has found.

A Department for Education commissioned longitudinal study tracking the careers of local authority child and family social workers in England over five years found that one-quarter social workers who reported they were not stressed by their job at Wave 1 [...]

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Foster children need tailored transitions back to education


There should be tailored transition arrangements for children in foster care when they head back to school, the Fostering Network has warned.

The primary focus of the initial return of foster carers to school should be on students’ mental health and wellbeing, the charity states, after a survey they carried out found that almost eight in [...]

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