The Signs of Safety approach
The Signs of Safety® is an innovative, strengths-based, safety-organised approach to child protection casework. The model of its approach was created in Western Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards, who worked with over 150 front-line statutory practitioners and based it on what those practitioners know works well with difficult cases.
Signs of Safety Coordinators for DCC :
- Signs of Safety explanatory leaflet for professionals here
- Explanatory leaflet for parents/carers here
Initial Signs of Safety briefings
A copy of the presentation slides used in the early information sessions, regarding the implementation of Signs of Safety within DCC Children’s Services, is now available here.
The Signs of Safety Project Work stream have created a set of FAQs to support practitioners, here
Tools to use
Signs of Safety Framework in Day to Day Practice is a guide to implementing the approach into your everyday practice.
We’ll be using this page to update partners on the key tools to use that take the SoS approach:-
- Scaling Questions
- Scaling Questions Explained
- SoS Durham Harm/Worry Matrix Briefing
- SoS Durham Harm/Worry Matrix Template
- SoS Durham Harm/Worry Matrix with Prompts
Partnering for Safety have produced a guide on Using The Three Houses Model, see here
A copy of a useful report “You Can’t Grow Roses In Concrete” Organisational reform to support high quality Signs of Safety practice is now available here
There are a range of participatory tools, including Signs of Safety, available from subscribing to the website https://practicetools.org/