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Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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Mentoring Project

Our mentoring project aims to support and develop frontline social workers and managers in the delivery of safe, effective services to children and families, and by doing so helps to enhance the overall performance of the local authority. This scheme allows the local authority to benefit from highly experienced social work staff without the need to recruit or employ them on a long-term basis.

The Mentors

Our Mentors are all highly skilled childcare social workers with proven track records in children’s services. Typically they have been qualified for 20 years plus. Most will have had experience in management. Mentors work alongside a group of pre-selected social work staff advising, guiding, role modelling and teaching. Space is created for practice reflection and where appropriate, group learning sessions, based around 6 core modules. Mentoring programmes will typically run for 26 weeks, however, they can continue for longer if required, as mentors can transfer across different teams and services depending on need.

'I wanted to say thank you to Craig (from WillisPalmer) who provided consultancy to the Children with Disabilities team to help with core assessments last year. He helped the social worker with a core assessment which identified the extent of the needs of my autistic son. I wanted to let him know that my son has been at a residential school specialising in autism since last September and his and our lives have improved dramatically'.

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Authoritative Social Work Practice

The phrase ‘authoritative social work’ has grown in prominence since the publication of the Munro Review in May 2011, having been previously referred to in the Baby Peter Executive Summary and subsequent biennial review into serious case reviews. The use of authoritative approaches has also been developed for supervisors as a way of helping managers remain ‘committed, structured and focussed, empathic, containing and knowledgeable’.

Our mentoring programme sets out to develop social workers and their managers to become more authoritative practitioners in the delivery of child protection and child care services.

Contact us here to enquire about commissioning our successful mentoring project…

“The WillisPalmer mentoring service has had a significantly positive impact in terms of up-skilling our frontline social workers. We have seen tangible improvements in assessment skills, levels of confidence and in report writing”.

Head of Service - Local Authority | London Borough

Training

We can deliver relevant and innovative training to all levels of staff from local authorities and other organisations. Recently we have delivered the following programmes:

  • Child Sexual exploitation risk assessment
  • Management of domestic violence
  • Attachment
  • Assessment of parents (capacity and risk)
  • Undertaking Adoption assessments
  • Undertaking Fostering assessments
  • Understanding Personality disorder
  • Forensic risk assessment

Call us 01206 878178 now with your training requirements – we will provide a cost effective quote to meet your needs…we also have a program of training events organised for which places can be purchased online, please see here for further details

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Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Fewer children in school due to COVID-19 related issues

28/10/2020

Fewer children are attending school as attendance has fallen from 89 per cent to 86 per cent, according to Department for Education figures.

Approximately 86% of pupils on roll in state-funded schools, excluding schools on half term, attended school. While attendance in state-funded primary schools is 90%, attendance in state-funded secondary schools is 82%, excluding schools [...]

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Technology problems remain in remote hearings in family justice system

27/10/2020

Parents, other family members and organisations supporting parents have reported concerns about remote hearings in the family justice system.

While most professionals who responded to the survey carried out by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory felt that things were working more smoothly than in April when Nuffield carried out a previous survey, parents, other family members [...]

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Most victims and survivors of abuse who seek redress have negative experience

26/10/2020

The vast majority of victims and survivors of non-recent abuse who have sought redress have had a negative experience, research has found.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse carried out surveys on the subject of redress and asked respondents if they had sought redress for the abuse they suffered. Of the 121 respondents, 52.1% said [...]

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