2017 International Gathering

The 11th International Signs of Safety Gathering was held in Kansas City and co-hosted by the Missouri Department of Social Services from 24–26 October 2017. The theme: Celebrating Everyday Successes. 

Boldness. Innovation. Courage. Curiosity. Humility. Relationships. These are all characteristics that define great child protection practice, and great leadership. But in a time of highly polarised and controversial politics, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and threats to democracy, it can be easy to forget about the incredible achievements being made by child protection workers in everyday practice. In the tradition of previous International Signs of Safety Gatherings, you are invited to participate in exploring compelling practice from the field of child protection; hearing directly from those on the front lines. Leaders, practitioners, policy makers and community partners can have a front-row seat to learn from those who are changing the approach to child protection work across the globe.

For decades, children’s services has become increasingly blame-ridden, problem-saturated and policy-driven. The Signs of Safety can transform child practice by putting children, their families and their naturally-connected networks at the centre of the work – assessment, planning and decision making. However, to create sustainable child protection transformation, agencies must reach beyond the practice model, and deliver major innovations in agency leadership, culture, procedures and structure.

Programme

Download the full event programme (PDF).

Video and PowerPoint Slides

Video and PowerPoint slides from each presentation will be linked to in the schedule below as editing is completed over the next few weeks. Video of some presentations may not be made available due to privacy concerns. This will be noted in the schedule.

Please note that all presentations will be freely available to watch on signsofsafety.net for three months from the date that they are published. Following that, five presentations will be selected to remain available for two years. All the presentations from this and past International Gatherings are always available through an organisational subscription to the Signs of Safety Knowledge Bank.

Welcome to the Signs of Safety Gathering and Missouri

  • Dr Andrew Turnell (Signs of Safety Co-creator)
  • Tim Decker (Director of Children’s Division, Missouri Department of Social Services)
  • Gabby Boone (Missouri State Youth Advisor Board)

Video and presentation slides available soon.

Andrew Turnell
Andrew Turnell

Using Signs of Safety to Address Domestic Violence

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Laura Jerabek
Laura Jerabek

Words and Pictures: The Key to Many Doors

Western Australian Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support

Pippa Lane
Pippa Lane
Dennis Taylor
Dennis Taylor

Demonstrating Safety Within the Drug Epidemic

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Garry Dorris
Garry Dorris

Ireland Leading the World Again with Signs of Safety

Tusla Child and Family Agency, Ireland

Debbie O'Shea
Debbie O'Shea
Sue Kane
Sue Kane
Cormac Quinlan
Cormac Quinlan

What Is Generative? A Long Term Effect of Signs of Safety Practice: Nao’s Story After Seven Years

Ai Hishikawa
Ai Hishikawa
Satoshi Nakao
Satoshi Nakao

Towards a Science of Implementation for Signs of Safety

Terry Murphy
Terry Murphy
Joke Wiggerink
Joke Wiggerink

Building Local Child Protection Systems in Rural Cambodia

Children’s Future

Sokhors Hor
Sokhors Hor
Giulia Ciucci
Giulia Ciucci

Thinking Outside the Reunification Box

Cornerstones of Care

Megan Elsen
Megan Elsen
Amber Maledy
Amber Maledy
Travanna Alexander
Travanna Alexander

An IT System that Practitioners Will Want to Use

Munro, Turnell & Murphy Child Protection Consulting

  • Video not available for this presentation
  • Presentation slides not available for this presentation
Mark Stonell
Mark Stonell

Family Network Meetings

Suffolk County Council Children’s Services

Nicola Print
Nicola Print
Lynn Robinson
Lynn Robinson

Signs of Safety Implementation in a Developing Context

Cambodian Children’s Trust

Pon Jedtha
Pon Jedtha
Tara Winkler
Tara Winkler

Learn to Ask First

Chatham-Kent Children’s Services

Jennifer Almas
Jennifer Almas
Dorothy Watson
Dorothy Watson
Miriam Horne

Allowing Signs of Safety Principles to Shape Our Work

Carver County Health and Human Services

Carole Cole
Carole Cole
Jessica Robertson

Courage and Vulnerability: Teaching and Learning Together

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Jaime Pinney
Jaime Pinney
Priscilla Mulac
Priscilla Mulac

A Cultural Shift: Leadership for Implementation

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Mahesh Prajapat
Mahesh Prajapat
Nicole Bonnie
Nicole Bonnie
Nancy Andrews
Nancy Andrews
Fred Magie
Fred Magie
Mary Auld

Towards Practices of Safety, Healing and Belonging

Family Finding

Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell

Signs of Safety with Teens: Working Towards Understanding, Clarity and Belonging

Ross Layton
Ross Layton

It Takes a Village: The Fine Art of Keeping a Family and Their Children Held

Yellow Medicine County Family Service Center 

Bridgette von Cordes
Bridgette von Cordes
Jessica Jepsen
Jessica Jepsen

The Swiss Army Knife Approach: Using a Risk Assessment Map to Address Concerns and Build Safety, Confidence and Professional Teams

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Gretchen Plaggenburg
Gretchen Plaggenburg
Noah Rienks
Noah Rienks

Working in Indigenous Communities as Allies: The Journey from Dis-membered to Re-membered

Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services

Caara Goddard
Caara Goddard
Anne Jimmie
Anne Jimmie

Utilizing Words and Pictures in Child Protection Practice

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Alisa Connelly
Alisa Connelly

Exclusion to Inclusion: Our Journey Before and After Signs of Safety

Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Christina Campbell
Christina Campbell
Lisha Elliston
Lisha Elliston

The Journey to Statewide Implementation

Missouri Department of Social Services

Tim Decker
Tim Decker

Implementation in Real Time: A Case Example

Mendocino County Family & Children’s Services

Kendra Pashales
Kendra Pashales
Natalie Shepard
Natalie Shepard
Vicki Whitehead
Vicki Whitehead

Never Give Up and Always Keep Moving Forward

The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Kimberly Gill
Kimberly Gill

Leadership Plenary

Andrew Turnell
Andrew Turnell
Cormac Quinlan
Cormac Quinlan
Tim Decker
Tim Decker
Mahesh Prajapat
Mahesh Prajapat
Tara Winkler
Tara Winkler

Case Example: Signs of Safety Implementation in Stó:lō Community

Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services (Xyolhemeylh)

Melissa Celella
Melissa Celella
Deanna John
Deanna John

Reflections on the 2017 Signs of Safety Gathering

Resolutions

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Andrew Turnell
Andrew Turnell