Signs of Safety
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership – Policy Statement
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 Partnership Board as the core philosophy for working with children and families across Norfolk.
We will ensure that a proven, evidence-based practice framework is used across all services creating consistent and inclusive experience across Norfolk for children and families in receipt of services. Families will become increasingly familiar with the concepts and vocabulary of Signs of Safety as it is used routinely in all our work with children and families from their first contact with practitioners in universal services and where necessary right through to child protection, children in public care and back to universal services
Central to this approach is the use of specific practice tools and processes where professionals and family members can engage with each other in partnership to address and work together on solutions to meet the needs of children. As practice depth grows, Children’s Services and partner agencies will use Signs of Safety as the basis of case discussions in multi-agency fora such as Child Protection conferences, Child in Need planning meetings and Looked After Children’s Reviews.
Click here to read the Norfolk Signs of Safety Sustainability Plan 2019.
Other assessment tools
This section contains various Signs of Safety 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
- SoS practice principles for building better relationships Powerpoint
- Signs of Safety Assessment & Planning Form
- Quick Start Guide to Mapping
- Summary of Danger Statements and Safety Goals
- Turning questions into conversations
- Strengths Based Questions
- Roadmap to Family-owned Safety Planning
- Scaling Questions
- Words and Pictures – safety plan example
- Words & Pictures Example – Explaining L’s life journey
- Signs of Something
- Signs of Safe Contact mapping
- Guidance on group supervision and group mapping
- Signs of Safety Harm Analysis Matrix
- Norfolk Appreciative Inquiry Booklet
- Folding instructions for Appreciative Inquiry booklet
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 Training
The 2 day Signs of Safety training course is aimed at those who will be attending Child Protection conferences and contributing to/conducting Signs of Safety based assessments.
Please note that not all delegates will need the 2 day training course, and details of briefings and workshops for those that do not require the 2 day course can be found below.
To request a 3 hour briefing session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Networking is an integral component to Signs of Safety practice, which involves delivering care and support through extended family networks. 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. Family Network training will provide critical search and engagement tools that both build and strengthen important connections for young people and their networks. Information sheets can be found below.
- 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
For further information on either training course and to apply for a place, please email email@example.com.
For more information please see our NSCP training page.
Further Signs of Safety Information
Subscribe to the Norfolk Signs of Safety Newsletter.
Click here for the latest Signs of Safety Newsletter.
- Vital Signs for Children
- Click here to see information about the Signs of Safety International Gathering 2018 and find out where you can watch the live streaming in Norfolk.
- Click here to see the results of the staff survey carried out with the 10 local authorities involved in the second wave of the England Innovations Project for Signs of Safety.
- Signs of Safety EIP2 presentation to LSCG’s 2018
- From 27 July 2015, Norfolk County Council will be implementing a new approach to Child Protection Conferences, using the Signs of Safety approach. For more information, forms and guidance see our How to Raise a Concern page.
- Signs of Safety Timeline of Events
- Partnership Approach – Across Norfolk we are implementing Signs of Safety briefing sessions and if you want to know more, here is what is on offer for you.
- Signs of Safety training levels information
- Adapting Signs of Safety to other service settings
- Norfolk SofS Practice Leads (by location) – updated June 2019
- Norfolk SofS Practice Leads (by team) – updated June 2019
- Role of Practice Leader Information Sheet
- Modelling leadership on practice Poster
- Through the England Innovation Project, research and evaluation is taking place using staff and parents surveys designed by Professor Eileen Munro.
This is the Overview Report, co-written with Marie Devine, following the parents survey.
- Signs of Safety Multi-agency Meetings Glossary
- You can’t grow roses in concrete’ Action Research Report – Following the England Innovations Project, which Norfolk Children’s Services took part in from October 2014 to March 2016, this report, released by MTM, the team behind the Signs of Safety approach, give their findings on the project, which involved 10 local authorities all at various stages of implementing Signs of Safety.
- As part of the Innovation Project, the Department for Education commissioned Mary Baginsky of Kings College London to provide an evaluation report on implementing Signs of Safety across 10 pilot local authorities.