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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.