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.

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

Signs of Safety & Family Networking Approach – Trainers Wanted – click here for more information

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.

For further information on either training course and to apply for a place, please email

For more information please see our NSCP training page.

Further Signs of Safety Information

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