Norfolk Signs of Safety and Family Network Approach
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) has adopted Signs of Safety as the basis of work with children across all partner agencies engaged in providing services for Children in Norfolk. Signs of Safety has also been adopted by Norfolk County Council Children’s Services and the Norfolk Children and Young People’s Strategic Alliance (CYPSA) as the core philosophy for working with children and families across Norfolk.
The Family Network Approach is an integral component to Signs of Safety practice. We know that young people grow more resilient and are more likely to achieve better outcomes when they have the support of a naturally connected network, yet this is one of the most underdeveloped areas in safeguarding. We also know that plans are likely to be more successful when they are led and owned by the family and their wider network, rather than being imposed on them by workers.
Central to the Signs of Safety and Family Networking approach is the use of specific practice tools and processes. These support family networks and professionals to work with each other in partnership to address concerns and find solutions to meet the needs of children.
This section contains various Signs of Safety and Family Networking practice tools and information for direct work with children and their family networks to help understand the Signs of Safety ethos and methodology.
- Norfolk Guide to Safety Planning
- Norfolk Signs of Safety Terms and Tools
- Modelling leadership on practice Poster
- Signs of Safety Assessment & Planning Form
- Turning questions into conversations
- Roadmap to Family-owned Safety Planning
- Words and Pictures – safety plan example
- Words & Pictures Example – Explaining L’s life journey
- Signs of Something
- Signs of Safety Harm Analysis Matrix
- Norfolk Appreciative Inquiry Booklet
- Folding instructions for Appreciative Inquiry booklet
- Family Networking info sheet – For children and young people
- Family Networking info sheet – For parents and families
- Family Networking info sheet – For foster carers
- Family Networking info sheet – For workers re young people living at home
- Family Networking info sheet – For workers re young people in care and leaving care
- Polish version – Family Networking Info sheet for children and young people
- Polish version – Family Networking Info sheet for parents and carers
- You can’t grow roses in concrete’ Action Research Report
Signs of Safety does not preclude the use of other well tested evidence based theories and assessment tools used by a wide spectrum of professionals, indeed it complements them.
Signs of Safety and Family Network Foundation Training
The Signs of Safety and Family Network Foundation training course is aimed at those who work directly with children and families.
For more information please see our NSCP training page.
For information about the 5 day Advanced Training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.