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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Government paves way for social workers going back to work

Up to six people will be allowed to meet up in outdoor spaces under new guidance issued by the government.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement paves the way for social workers getting back out to work, given primary schools are set to open from next week.

Schools are a massive source of referrals to children’s services [...]

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Remote social work practice is likely to take off following adjustments to working practices during lockdown

Independent Social Worker Jane Bartlett talks about an assessment she carried out recently completely remotely – including the pros and the cons – and how social work practice could change in the future as a result.

Remote working in social work could really take off following lockdown after social workers have had to change their ways [...]

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Pregnancy during lockdown

Proudly announcing her pregnancy in January, WillisPalmer’s Business Administrator, Chloe Bach was on top of the world. However, little did she know at that point that she would be experiencing a large part of her pregnancy during lockdown in response to COVID-19.

Chloe is currently 33 weeks pregnant with her first baby, a girl, due early [...]

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Fostering in a global crisis

Foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering a one year old during COVID-19

So, where do snot, dribbling and thumb sucking sit on the official government public health guidelines?

Our new foster baby arrived in December, announcing himself with what is now his trademark rasping cough, weeks before the era when [...]

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Councils warn they will struggle to meet demand for children’s services post lockdown

Councils have admitted that they will struggle to cope with a surge in demand for children’s services following lockdown due to existing funding shortfalls.

The County Councils Network fear a rise in vulnerable children and troubled families needing support as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown. However existing funding shortfalls and additional costs of the pandemic [...]

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Social workers to be placed in schools post-lockdown

Social workers will work alongside teachers to help identify children at risk of neglect and abuse as children return to school following lockdown restrictions, the government has announced.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has unveiled £6.5m funding to involve more than 150 schools in a project that will place social workers in schools to work with teaching [...]

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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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