Signs of Safety News

Reflections on the 2017 Signs of Safety Gathering

January 22nd, 2018

Resolutions Building on the observations and insights from the leadership plenary earlier in the day, Andrew Turnell will invite reflections from all participants about their learnings and highlights from this Gathering. Andrew will offer some final reflections followed by a photographic and musical reprise of our shared learning over the…[Read more...]

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

January 22nd, 2018

Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services (Xyolhemeylh)  This presentation will look at the implementation of Signs of Safety in the Stó:lō Community of Chawathil First Nation in Hope, British Columbia. The Delegated Aboriginal Agency servicing Chawathil is FVACFSS, better known as Xyolhemeylh. It has been slowly implementin…[Read more...]

Leadership Plenary

January 22nd, 2018

Mahesh Prajapat from Toronto, Tara Winkler from Cambodia, Tim Decker from Missouri, and Cormac Quinlan from Ireland will join Andrew Turnell to discuss the most important things they have heard and (re)learned from the Gathering presentations so far. In addition, they will identify what stands out for them now as leaders and what they bel…[Read more...]

Never Give Up and Always Keep Moving Forward

January 22nd, 2018

The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Kimberly’s team members will take you through their journey of successes and failures as they worked on getting their most complex youth-in-care case through the good times and the bad. Their journey from group care to family-based care was not easy, b…[Read more...]

Implementation in Real Time: A Case Example

January 22nd, 2018

Mendocino County Family & Children’s Services Kendra, Natalie and Vicki will utilize the visual impact of the trajectory tool to represent the arc of a child welfare case. This case will focus on the impact of collaborating with community partners on the safety and permanency of children in care. They will explore how using Signs [&…[Read more...]

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

January 22nd, 2018

Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville  Lisha and Christina will present a ‘compare and contrast’ of two youths’ experiences of coming into care. Notably, it will contrast how Signs of Safety allowed for a collaborative approach with Lisha’s family as opposed to the experience of Christina’s family wh…[Read more...]

Utilizing Words and Pictures in Child Protection Practice

January 22nd, 2018

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division Alisa will discuss the benefits of Words and Pictures when working with families. She will demonstrate how the Words and Pictures process helps parents process the reason the case has come in, clarifies with the child the reason for being in care, and provides a consistent stor…[Read more...]

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

January 22nd, 2018

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division Gretchen and Noah will present a case on mapping for use with resource families. This presentation will illustrate the use of Signs of Safety mapping with resource families in an attempt to reduce placements and the trauma they cause. Gretchen and Noah will utilize a risk asses…[Read more...]

Towards Practices of Safety, Healing and Belonging

January 22nd, 2018

Family Finding Kevin Campbell and Andrew Turnell have been engaged in dialogue for the past four years, looking at the intersections and connections between Signs of Safety and Family Finding. They have also been leading a conversation in the Signs of Safety and Family Finding communities about how to weave these approaches together to pr…[Read more...]

A Cultural Shift: Leadership for Implementation

January 22nd, 2018

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto Organizational leadership is one of the fundamental elements of any Signs of Safety implementation. In 2013, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the largest child protection agency in Ontario, announced that Signs of Safety would be its model of practice. Five years later, members of the multi-face…[Read more...]

Learn to Ask First

January 22nd, 2018

Chatham-Kent Children’s Services Miriam and Jennifer will present a case that illustrates what Miriam learned from her experience and how her learning has changed the way she leads her team. The presentation will focus on Miriam’s ‘Aha!’ moment and the details of what made it possible for her, a self-proclaimed ‘apprehension que…[Read more...]

Signs of Safety Implementation in a Developing Context

January 22nd, 2018

Cambodian Children’s Trust Child exploitation comes in many forms and is possibly the greatest threat to Cambodian children’s everyday safety. For many westerners, it comes as a shock to learn that Cambodian orphanages, like those throughout the developing world, are vehicles of this exploitation. Over the past two years, the Camb…[Read more...]