WillisPalmer has been carrying out assessments for local authorities, the courts and independent organisations for 16 years and has therefore established itself as a reputable provider of social work services.
We have a range of expert social workers with a broad base of knowledge and skills, promising you delivery of high-quality assessments. Our national network of highly trained and experienced social workers means we can provide independent social work services swiftly in your area and quality is guaranteed.
We provide a wide variety of assessments, including Parenting Assessments/PAMs Parenting Assessments, International Assessments, Sibling Assessments, Fostering Assessments and Adoption Assessments. See more information on the assessments we provide.
All assessments include an expertly written report by our experienced and highly trained social work professionals. All reports are then scrutinised by our Consultant Social Workers through our robust quality assurance programme.
Who are our services suitable for?
Our social work services are suitable for the following organisations:
- Local authorities
- Independent organisations e.g. children’s residential homes
- Private individuals
What people said about our services?
WillisPalmer takes immense pride in providing high quality and quality assured social work services to our clients. Don't take our word for it, see what others had to say about our services.
“The independent social worker was very professional and reliable throughout the whole process. It was evident the ISW was independent and was making their own professional judgement on what the issues and concerns were."Solicitor, Local Authority, London Borough
“The report was of an excellent standard. It was thorough, factual and informative, closing many of the gaps in knowledge within the case. The Court and Judge commented on the standards of professionalism of the independent social worker, the integrity of his report and in his evidence during the final hearing”Solicitor, London
“I have found working with Suzanne to be enormously beneficial, she is incredibly knowledgeable, efficient and professional. This has been a complex piece of work and she has turned this around in a timely manner and has remained focused and very fair to both parties despite the complexities. I am incredibly appreciative of her work and inspired by meeting her.”Fostering Team Manager, South Essex Local Authority
Why instruct an Independent Social Worker?
Our Independent Social Workers are highly trained and experienced and, as a result, have a broad knowledge of social work practice. Expert social workers provide high quality assessmentand other services for local authorities, family courts, solicitors, CAFCASS and clients in public and private law proceedings.
Dr Julia Brophy at the University of Oxford carried out research into the quality of ISW reports, including those from WillisPalmer.
The research said: "The independence of the ISW as an expert witness for the court is a key factor in the assessment. Reports reflect a dynamic approach to case work moving between the accounts of different parties (in statements/evidence) and events, and back to parents. Reports demonstrate assessments are robust and focused but fair."
"Findings also indicate that in certain circumstances courts may be severely hampered in the absence of access to the skills and expertise provided by ISWs - not least in case managing to meet the six month ‘standard’ for completion of care cases recommended by the FJR and accepted by government."
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