2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering Call For Submissions

This page contains information for people interested in presenting at the 2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering being held in Calgary, Canada, co-hosted by the Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services, from 19–21 October 2020. Registration and general information about the event is available here.

The closing date for applications to present is 3rd April 2020.

Call for Presentations

Submissions are invited for presentations of 30 minutes in length. Presentations should focus on the actual impact that the Signs of Safety has made on direct practice.

Presentations involving the following will be favoured:

  • supervisors/practice leaders, front-line practitioners and those that capture the experience of families
  • communicate the detail of the practice in applying Signs of Safety
  • describe the differences and significance of the work for practitioners, service recipients and the agency
  • capture the enthusiasm and energy of you, your colleagues and your agency for this work
  • all aspects of applying Signs of Safety ideas and practice to the child protection task; from intake and investigation to on-going work, to case closure
    areas of practice such as assessment, Safety Planning, involving children and parents, conferencing, foster care, court work and building collaboration among professionals
  • organisational processes including training, supervision, management and implementation strategies, and research endeavours that support and sustain Signs of Safety practice


We are keen to drive more interactivity between the audience (whether in the audience or watching on the livestream) and the presenters. We currently have two kinds of interactivity that help achieve this:

  • PollEverywhere — you can use PollEverywhere at any point in your presentation. Examples of PollEverywhere interactivity include asking the audience a scaling question, open-ended questions, multiple choice questions and voting. The results are shown on the main screen in real-time as they are submitted.
  • Real-time Feedback – Participants will be able to give real-time feedback via their phone or mobile device under two column headings – “What I Have Learned” and “Questions”. This feedback will be visible to the audience and the presenter during the presentation.

Submitting to present at the Gathering

The first stage is to submit your interest in presenting. You don’t need a completed presentation to submit, you just need to give us a description (max 500 words) of what you want to present. We’ll also need an abstract (max 100 words) for the presentation which will go in the program should your presentation be accepted. The closing date for submissions is 3rd April 2020.



Presenters will be notified by Friday 29th May 2020 as to whether their presentation has been selected.


For inspiration, you can find presentations from the last two International Gatherings here:
2017 International Gathering – Kansas City, USA
2018 International Gathering – Dublin, Ireland

Presenter Support – Kirsten Richardson

Kirsten RichardsonSigns of Safety Gatherings are a showcase of the best work from around the world being done using Signs of Safety. To assist you in conveying your outstanding work, Kirsten will be dedicated to guiding you through the complete presentation process. If you have questions about how to apply to present, please reach out to her via kirsten.richardson@elia.ngo

Once you have received confirmation that your presentation has been selected, Kirsten will contact you to provide you with additional information and answer any questions you may have. She will continue to be your point of contact from preparing video and PowerPoints through to rehearsals at the Gathering venue.

What to expect if your presentation is accepted

When you receive your acceptance email we will send you login details for your personal Presenter Portal which outlines in detail everything you will need to know right through to presenting on the day in Calgary. Kirsten will also reach out and talk you through the process and answer any questions you have.