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Lucy Hopkins

As Head of Practice at WillisPalmer Lucy is responsible for overseeing the Quality Assurance department and practice of all contractors within the organisation, including ISWs, psychologists, forensic risk assessors, and psychiatrists. She manages the recruitment of all professionals, which is an ongoing process as the organisation continues to grow.

Lucy is involved in the management and [...]

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Andrea Goddard

Andrea Goddard has more than 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and families including 12 years frontline child protection work. In 2010 Andrea trained as a Child Protection trainer for the Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board. In 2012 she undertook further modules with the NSPCC giving her full accreditation to provide safeguarding training. Andrea’s specialist [...]

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Gretchen Precey

Gretchen Precey is an independent social worker, trainer and consultant specialising in child protection.  She qualified in 1978 and has worked in a variety of settings in different parts of the country. Her most recent employment in the statutory sector was as team manager at the Clermont Child Protection Unit in Brighton.  Whilst at the [...]

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Deb Somerset-Malia

Training is my passion. To take complicated concepts, break them down and make them accessible to learners, is the reason I do my job.  I believe that training should be accessible and fun.  This helps to break down barriers and aids retention of learning.

I have been training for almost 15 years and enjoy it as [...]

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Philip King

My social work career has always focused on work with children and families, although I have undertaken specialist training in mental health and learning disability.

I began my social work career in residential work moving quickly to the post of Deputy Officer in Charge of a large assessment unit. I qualified in 1980 and practiced as a social worker, [...]

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Terrence Simmons

Terence believes that social work practice is at its best when it is an effective mixture of sound self-awareness, applied intuition and rigorously utilised theoretical frameworks.  Terence also firmly believes that social workers need the ability to express themselves well and clearly and be able to construct arguments that are logical, founded in observational skill, [...]

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A look back at 2022 with WillisPalmer's Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins…

09/12/2022

2022 saw people trying to get back to some degree of normality following the Covid-19 lockdowns, restrictions and school closures that we had faced for the previous two years. However, the impact of Covid-19 continued and many services experienced, and continue to experience, backlogs and difficulties, including those services relating to children and families.

Social worker [...]

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John Lewis Christmas advert highlights important messages regarding foster care and looked after children

09/12/2022

Every year people are excited to see what the theme of the John Lewis & Partners Christmas advert will be. This year's advert reminded our Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins, of all the times she arrived at the homes of foster carers with children or young people who were anxious, scared, worried and hungry, having just [...]

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The WillisPalmer Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2022

09/12/2022
Who Wins..? You Decide!

We have two Christmas trees at the WillisPalmer office and this year the staff upstairs are going to compete with the staff downstairs to see who has the best decorated tree... and we want YOU to decide on the winner!

Tree 1 - Downstairs 

Tree [...]

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