2017 International Gathering

The 11th International Signs of Safety Gathering was held in Kansas City, 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

Video from each presentation will be linked to in the schedule below as editing is completed over the next web 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.

PowerPoint Slides

Links to downloadable .pdf versions of the PowerPoint slides for most of the presentations are linked to in the schedule below.

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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)

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Using Signs of Safety to Address Domestic Violence 
Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s

Laura Jerabek

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Words and Pictures: The Key to Many Doors 
Western Australian Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support

Pippa Lane

Dennis Young

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Demonstrating Safety Within the Drug Epidemic
Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Garry Dorris

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Ireland Leading the World Again with Signs of Safety
Tusla Child and Family Agency

Debbie O’Shea

Sue Kane

Cormac Quinlan

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

Ai Hishikawa

Ai Hisikawa

Satoshi Nakao

Satoshi Nakao

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Towards a Science of Implementation for Signs of Safety

Terry Murphy

Terry Murphy

Joke Wiggerink

Joke Wiggerink

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Building Local Child Protection Systems in Rural Cambodia
Children’s Future

Sokhors Hor

Sokhors Hor 

Giulia Ciucci

Giulia Ciucci

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Thinking Outside the Reunification Box
Cornerstones of Care

Megan Elsen, Amber Maledy & Travanna Alexander

Megan Elsen, Amber Maledy & Travanna Alexander

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An IT System that Practitioners Will Want to Use
Munro, Turnell & Murphy Child Protection Consulting

Mark Stonell

Mark Stonell

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Family Network Meetings
Suffolk County Council Children’s Services

Nicola Print and Lynn Robinson

Nicola Print and Lynn Robinson

 

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Signs of Safety Implementation in a Developing Context
Cambodian Children’s Trust

Pon Jedtha

Pon Jedtha

Tara Winkler

Tara Winkler

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Learn to Ask First
Chatham-Kent Children’s Services

Jennifer Almas

Jennifer Almas

Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson

Miriam Horne

Miriam Horne

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Allowing Signs of Safety Principles to Shape Our Work
Carver County Health and Human Services

Carole Cole

Carole Cole

Jessica Robertson

Jessica Robertson

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Courage and Vulnerability: Teaching and Learning Together
Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Jaime Pinney

Jaime Pinney

Priscilla Mulac

Priscilla Mulac

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A Cultural Shift: Leadership for Implementation
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Mahesh Prajapat

Nancy Andrews

Mary Auld

Nicole Bonnie

Fred Magie

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Towards Practices of Safety, Healing and Belonging
Family Finding

Kevin Campbell

Kevin Campbell

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

Ross Layton

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It Takes a Village: The Fine Art of Keeping a Family and Their Children Held
Yellow Medicine County Family Service Center 

Bridgette von Cordes

Jessica Jepsen

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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

Noah Rienks

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Working in Indigenous Communities as Allies: The Journey from Dis-membered to Re-membered
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services

Caara Goddard

Anne Jimmie

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Utilizing Words and Pictures in Child Protection Practice
Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division

Alisa Connelly

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Exclusion to Inclusion: Our Journey Before and After Signs of Safety
Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Christina Campbell

Lisha Elliston

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The Journey to Statewide Implementation
Missouri Department of Social Services

Tim Decker

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Implementation in Real Time: A Case Example
Mendocino County Family & Children’s Services

Kendra Pashales

Natalie Shepard

Vicki Whitehead

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Never Give Up and Always Keep Moving Forward
The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Kimberly Gill

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Leadership Plenary

 

Andrew Turnell

Andrew Turnell

Tim Decker

Tara Winkler

Tara Winkler

Cormac Quinlan

Mahesh Prajapat

Kimberly Gill

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Case Example: Signs of Safety Implementation in Stó:lō Community
Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services (Xyolhemeylh)

Melissa Celella

Deanna John

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Reflections on the 2017 Signs of Safety Gathering
Resolutions

Andrew Turnell

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Photos

A selection of photos from the Gathering will be available here soon. In the meantime some have already been posted our twitter and Facebook.