An introduction to Signs of Safety for Surrey CC and partners

Signs of Safety: Multi-agency briefings

This way of working is being adopted by Surrey County Council’s Children’s Services as a practice model for its work with children, young people and their families/carers. It is a whole system, strength-based approach that works on the belief that children and their families have the strengths, resources and ability to recover from adversities.
Signs of Safety is a purposeful and collaborative way of working with children and their families/carers to keep children and young people safe and ensure their needs are met. Central to this approach is the use of specific practice tools and processes where professionals and family members can work together in partnership to find solutions to worries about children’s safety and wellbeing.


Target Group:
The course is aimed at practitioners and managers in voluntary, independent and statutory agencies who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could contribute to assessing, planning, and supporting families to make changes in how they live together to ensure that children are safe and their needs are understood and met. This will include practitioners who are or will be designated safeguarding leads for their organisations as well as those who support families through Early Help plans.
Briefing aim: Introduce practitioners to Signs of Safety methodology and tools.

Learning Outcomes:
•    Introduce to the concept of Signs of Safety to partners working with children and young people.
•    Understand how Signs of Safety is being used in Early Help, Child in Need, Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups, Children Looked After Reviews and other multi-agency meetings.
•    Raise practitioner awareness as to what will be required from them at the range of activities above.
•    Understand what difference Signs of Safety will make to outcomes for children, young people and families.