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WillisPalmer are seeking to recruit

WillisPalmer are seeking to recruit experienced Fostering Assessors to complete Form F assessments as well as Short Breaks Assessments nationwide.

Particular hotspots for assessment work are currently: The South West, South East & London. This is ever expanding as more of our local authority partners begin to contract with us.

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WILLISPALMER IS 10 YEARS OLD

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WillisPalmer is 10 years old and If you’re reading this, then welcome to the new WillisPalmer website and with this new look you'll have probably noticed the new WillisPalmer logo....

We are now in our tenth year of business and what better way to kick off the next decade than a fresh new [...]

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Care proceedings length continues to fall

Care proceedings length continues to fall the period January to March saw the average time for a care case to last was 32 weeks, continuing the drop seen since the beginning of 2012, after durations had remained at about 55 weeks for over a year.

The median number sits at 26.3 weeks which is even more encouraging. This means that [...]

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Ofsted to shift children's centre inspections from providers to councils

Ofsted to shift children's centre inspections from providers to councils

Ofsted will scrap individual inspections of children’s centres in favour of local authority-wide assessments, childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has said.

Truss told the education select committee today that the inspectorate will judge local authorities on the effectiveness and reach of children’s centres, providing an overall rating for [...]

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Labour estimates 60,000 shortfall in free childcare places

Labour estimates 60,000 shortfall in free childcare places. Nearly half of local authorities look set to have insufficient nursery places available to deliver free childcare for all eligible two-year-olds just months before the expansion of the scheme, new figures show.

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request by shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell has found [...]

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Government dismisses '20-mile rule' for children's home placements

Government dismisses '20-mile rule' for children's home placements

Nearly half of children in residential care are placed outside their home authority. Picture: Morguefile

The government has rejected calls for it to consider prohibiting local authorities from placing children in residential care more than 20 miles from home. Responding to a report by the education [...]

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DfE consults on regulation of children's homes workforce

10/06/2019

The Department for Education is consulting on whether to regulate the children's home workforce.

The DfE is making a call for evidence welcoming views on establishing professional registration for roles in children’s homes and existing approaches to regulating the children’s homes workforce.

The call for evidence comes in response to a recommendation made by the Independent Inquiry [...]

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26 week cap on care proceedings may be extended in certain situations regarding special guardianship, new guidance states

06/06/2019

The 26 week time limit for care proceedings may be extended where possible carers for special guardianship orders are identified late in the proceedings, new guidance has stated.

The Family Justice Council has published interim guidance, with the approval of the Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, in response to some of the issues [...]

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Interview with Cathy Ashley, chief executive of Family Rights Group

31/05/2019

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Cathy Ashley discusses Family Rights Group (FRG); set to mark the occasion with a summer event to commemorate the principles and values behind the momentous legislation.

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Family Rights Group (FRG) is set to mark the [...]

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