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Event/course Code EDU 21/1059
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction Achieving for Children has implemented Signs of Safety since 19 June 2017. The Signs of Safety model promotes strong relationship building and enables practitioners across different disciplines to work in partnership with children and families to maintain a focus on building safety within the family.

The heart of the Signs of Safety process is an assessment and case planning format that is meaningful for professionals as well as the parents, children and young people being assessed. The Signs of Safety format offers a simple yet rigorous assessment format that the practitioner can use to elicit, in common language, the professionals and family members views regarding concerns or dangers, existing strengths, safety and envisioned safety and wellbeing.

This is the standard training module for partner organisations and practitioners wanting to use the Signs of Safety approach, adjusted to support those practitioners who are not in social worker roles. It is designed for all practitioners, supervisors and managers working with children in partner organisations where there are concerns about their safety and well-being, as well as Achieving for Children staff who do not require the full two day training.
Event Content Signs of Safety is an approach which focuses on the question, ‘How can the worker actually build partnerships with parents and children in situations of suspected or substantiated child abuse and still deal rigorously with the maltreatment issues?’

This is a partnership and collaboration grounded, strengths-based, safety-organised approach to child protection work. The Signs of Safety assessment process integrates professional knowledge with local family and cultural knowledge, and balances a rigorous exploration of danger/harm alongside indicators of strengths and safety.

This course is for all those who work regularly with children and young people and adults (who are parents or carers) and may be asked to contribute to assessment of children in need and those with a particular responsibility for safeguarding children.

The session will offer an overview of the following areas:

• An introduction to Signs of Safety Assessment and Planning framework
• The history of the creation and evolution of the approach
• An interactive demonstration of the framework and questioning
• Practice Mapping
• Safety planning
• Involving children with the '3 houses' and the 'safety house'
• Using Words and Pictures explanations

By the end of the course practitioners, local providers and partners will really begin to understand how the new approach will look, feel and work locally.

It is imperative that our partner agencies also take part in this training programme so that they are able to contribute to early help, child protection and looked after children’s reviews. It is anticipated that from Early Help through to how we manage child protection plans, Signs of Safety will bring about more consistency in our work.

For partner agencies (including schools and nurseries) we recommend that your designated safeguarding lead attends this training and cascades learning to the remainder of your workforce.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the session delegates would have covered:

• Describe the principles and elements of the Signs of Safety practice framework
• Use the Signs of Safety approach as an underpinning model for their practice with children and families
• Apply the 3 columns framework, the mapping process, scaling and danger statements to their work with children and families
• Recognise how Signs of Safety underpins the Early Help Plans
Trainers Eleanor Reed / Lucy Selby
Course categories Safeguarding and Child Protection
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 1 December 202109:30 - 15:00Home Study, N/A, N/A