Social Work Services

With a database of almost 300 Independent Social Workers we can provide the right professional to meet your needs – fast…


High Quality Social Work Services

As the leading provider of independent social workers in the UK, WillisPalmer is in a unique position to deliver quality, cost-effective services across a range of disciplines. We are particularly experienced at working with local authorities, solicitors and independent organisations. Click here to find out what our customers are saying about us.

With an average post-qualification experience of 17 years you can be assured that when you commission a social work service from WillisPalmer we will provide you with the right professional.  What’s more, all our work is properly quality assured by a qualified professional.

WP Quality Assurance

WillisPalmer exists to promote and protect the welfare of children. We believe that a rigorous quality assurance process is central to this aim. Therefore we invest heavily in a robust system to ensure reports are comprehensive, focused on the needs of the child and provide a detailed response to instructions. Click here to read more about our QA process


“The Independent social worker was very professional and reliable throughout the whole process. It was evident the ISW was independent & was making their own professional judgement on what the issues & concerns were

Local Authority | London Borough

Professional Reports

We have been providing reports for local authorities, the courts and independent organisations for 13 years. We have built a database of experts with a broad base of knowledge and skills. We provide:

– Expert Parenting Capacity and Risk Assessments

– Special Guardianship and Connected Person reports

– Viability and Regulation 24 reports

– PAMs assessments

– Forensic Sexual Offender Risk Assessments

– Domestic Violence Risk Assessments

– Multi-disciplinary Assessments

– International Assessments

Take a look at the quality of ISW reports by reading the research by Dr Julia Brophy at the University of Oxford…

STAGE I – Executive Summary
STAGE II – Executive Summary


“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”


Child Abuse Litigation Service

Expert Opinion in respect of Local Authority Cases where there may be a Failure in Duty of Care or Failure to Protect

Legal immunities for child care work have been gradually removed over the past number of years because of various court rulings. As a result, local authorities are now more likely to face negligence claims. The volume of cases is also increasing due to a number of high profile sexual abuse cases including those where survivors who are well known to the public have had the courage to come forward publicly to disclose their story. Click here to find out more.

Fostering and Adoption Reports

We have developed specific expertise in fostering and adoption supported by a robust and dedicated quality assurance and supervision process:

– Fostering Form F reports

– Prospective Adopter Reports

– Step-parent Adoption reports

– Short break Carer assessments

Statutory Services

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Service

We provide a dedicated Independent Reviewing Officer service which includes a full quality assurance process and robust supervision of IROs. Our IRO service is different. We have fully trained and experienced IROs on standby to assist you if you have capacity problems or if you are looking to contract out a set number of reviews. To read more about our service click here

Recruitment / Temporary Positions

We can provide social workers for temporary assignments including interim manager positions.

Statutory Reports

We can undertake core assessments, section 7 and 37 reports and off-line child protection investigations.

Make a Referral

To make a referral simply call us on 01206 878178 or email us


“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