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.
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.
An IT System that Practitioners Will Want to Use
Munro, Turnell & Murphy Child Protection Consulting
- Video not available for this presentation
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Reflections on the 2017 Signs of Safety Gathering
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