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Signs of Safety Practitioner (2 day course)

Virtual Learning, .
Course Tutors
Liz Shaw
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Target Audience
Childrens Centres / Early Years and Early Help / Managers / Social Workers
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Social Care
Signs of Safety
Course description

Resilience Based Practice: Signs of Safety Training

Barnet Family Services vision is focused on making Barnet an event better place to live for all families through our Family Friendly Barnet: Resilient Families, Resilient Children approach. Using our resilience based practice model it is our ambition to make sure all children are safe, develop and thrive. Our model is underpinned by a clear set of values that drive our work and we are making sure that practitioners have the right “tool kit” to improve outcomes for children. This will be delivered via a clear practice framework using a variety of evidence based interventions that will build on family strengths enhancing resilience.

The Signs of Safety approach has been chosen as an important part of our practice tool kit and a structured implementation process is now commencing. This includes providing a programme of training for Family Services staff and partners, followed by delivery of work place based support for social workers.  This will ensure application in practice with families and encourage embedding of the model.

 What is Signs of Safety?

Signs of Safety is a whole system/service approach intended to help practitioners with risk assessment and safety planning in particular with child
protection cases. It is an innovative, strengths-based and safety-organised approach to casework which puts the participation of families and front line practitioners at its heart. Initially created in Western Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards Signs of Safety is now widely used internationally and forms part of the UK governments innovation approach to children’s social care.

Training objectives

Signs of Safety – 2 day course

  • learn about the origins, values and principles that underpin Sigs of Safety Practice

  • experience the framework for yourself

  • learn how to use Signs of Safety thinking to support good assessments

  • work through live practice examples using Signs of Safety techniques

  • understand how signs of Safety Practice supports more effective intervention

  • start to consider how Signs of Safety Planning will dirve effective family change

  • extend your own practice skills and support your professional development



Who should attend?  Social workers, family support workers and those working directly with children and their families, anyone who wants to refresh previous training.


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Additional Information

NB: Online training can be hard going especially over whole days.  We are adapting the course design to ensure that the event is engaging and interactive.  The course has been shaped by feedback from previous participants and those attending will be asked to share their feedback to improve the course further.

Start Date
Tuesday 11 May 2021
End Date
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Closing Date
Monday 10 May 2021
09:30 - 16:30
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