Ireland has to be one of the friendliest places on the planet! You get off the plane, and not only do the Dublin taxi drivers regale you with stories, even the immigration officers welcome you and speak to you by name. This is a fantastic place to have the 2018 Signs of Safety Gathering.
The Gathering will be held in the fabulous Victorian-era Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire (www.dunlaoghaire.ie), a short train ride south of the centre of Dublin. Dun Laoghaire is a wonderful seaside location — while it is part of Dublin city, this historic fort town has a wonderful enclosed village feel and the perfect place for the Gathering.
Ireland is also special for the Signs of Safety community because the Irish children’s services agency, Tusla, has adopted the Signs of Safety as its national child protection framework. Not to be left out, Northern Ireland has also begun their own whole system implementation.
The Dublin Gathering will feature four practice presentations from Tusla social workers and two from the North. The practice in these presentations is very strong, all focused on building robust safety plans with networks fully involved.
Tusla has also offered Gathering participants the opportunity to visit a Tusla office in Cork, Galway or Dublin on Monday 5th November, the day before the Gathering. The site visits are offered completely free and provide a fantastic opportunity for gathering participants to meet with local teams to hear how the Tusla whole system implementation is landing. They will also discuss their successes and struggles and how they are making the approach work in their casework.
Leaders should do everything they can to join the Leaders Day also on Monday 5th November. Tusla executive leaders Cormac Quinlan and Sue Kane will detail their whole system implementation. Jon Reeves from Calgary will speak about their system transformation work that has seen a 75% reduction in court involvement and a 30% reduction in foster and residential care placements. Jacky Tiotto will speak about the leadership and implementation work in the London Borough of Bexley that has recently seen the authority secure outstanding ratings in their recent Ofsted audit report.
Places for the Dublin Gathering are almost sold out with less than 30 places remaining. If you want to come please register immediately. The Gathering will also be broadcast live by web stream to make the event available as widely as possible.
Transforming child protection systems and practice calls for courage, connection and vision. Join us at the Dublin Signs of Safety Gathering; it will be inspiring for practitioners, supervisors and leaders as we hear real-world stories of how to make children’s services systems and services work better for children and families.