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THROUGHOUT 2020

UK Regional Network Workshops

Workshops will now be held online, monthly by each region. The lead Signs of Safety Consultant will send out Go To Meeting invitations to participants. The workshops will be targeted at Signs of Safety Project Leads, and Heads of Service with an implementation and practice focus, particularly emphasising safety planning during COVID-19.

1 JUNE – 5 JUNE 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Safety Planning Bootcamp, Ontario

On 1–5 June 2020, there will be a 5-Day Signs of Safety Intensive Safety Planning Bootcamp. This programme begins with a detailed exploration of the steps of Signs of Safety safety planning roadmap demonstrated through several case examples. By the end of the five days, each participant who has brought forward a case will have a detailed written trajectory to guide them in their safety planning work and all participants will have learned how to plan and undertake safety planning through the life of the case. Facilitated by Pene Turnell and Rosina Harvey-Keeping.

9 JUNE 2020 ONLINE WEBINAR

Right-sizing Children’s Services

In this participatory online Zoom webinar, Andrew Turnell will pose and lead a conversation about ‘right-sizing’. Many questions will be explored to help us all be as open as possible about our uncertainties. Andrew will also introduce some of the most important practice, implementation methods and forward-facing software resources that Elia and the Signs of Safety community has developed in recent years to assist leaders, practitioners and agencies engage with more directly with and find answers to these critical right-sizing questions. The webinar will also be live-streamed in our closed Leadership Forum Facebook group.

10 JUNE – 11 JUNE 2020 PART 1 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Leading a Signs of Safety Implementation Workshop, Belgium

Elia, the organisation behind Signs of Safety, is organising a workshop about leadership in a Signs of Safety implementation. This workshop is meant for directors, practice leaders and others in leadership positions or other staff members and is presented in two parts. This is a unique opportunity for leaders to work together as a team and think about how to implement Signs of Safety in your organisation. Facilitated by Joke Wiggerink and Marieke Vogel.

Part 2 is scheduled for 14–15 December 2020 (see below).

18 JUNE 2020 ONLINE

Practice Workshops: Safety Planning — Timeline & Trajectory

Safety planning is a complex task that needs to involve professionals, parents, children and the family’s own safety network. To create strong safety plan that will last, everyone involved needs to understand and agree the goal, all the steps involved in achieving the goal and the time period of the work. This workshop will explain how professionals can create a clear agreed timeline and trajectory that will be a huge motivator for parents and will simplify and focus the safety planning work for practitioners. Workshop will be held online using the Zoom platform. Facilitated by Pene Turnell.

25 JUNE 2020 ONLINE

Practice Workshops: Safety Planning — Preparation, Monitoring and Review

Benjamin Franklin reputedly said, ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’. Whoever said it, nothing could be truer when it comes to child protection safety planning. In this workshop we’re going to look at how to prepare for safety planning sessions as well as looking at the key issues, how professionals can know whether the family and safety network are actually following the safety plan, and whether they’ll stick with it after the professionals close the case. Workshop will be held online using the Zoom platform. Facilitated by Andrew Turnell.

2 JULY 2020 ONLINE

Practice Workshops: Appreciative Inquiry

Every practitioner will tell you that their work gets attention most when a case has blown up or when someone is worried, they have done wrong thing. To focus on the good stuff within families, professionals need to create a culture of focusing on their successes in the workplace. This is easy to say but challenging to do since complaining is easier and the power of bad is hard wired in our DNA. This workshop focuses on how to create a culture of Appreciative Inquiry around children’s services that will create more hope, confidence, connection and intelligence in our practice. Workshop will be held online using the Zoom platform. Facilitated by Andrew Turnell.

9 JULY 2020 ONLINE

Practice Workshops: Analysis — Danger Statements, Safety Goals and Safety Scales

Explaining to parents what the professionals are worried about and what the agency needs to see to be satisfied the children are safe are the bookends of all Signs of Safety practice. Establishing a clear safety scale ties the danger statement and safety goal together enabling professionals and families to discuss progress and establishing the foundation for the safety planning work. While the concepts are simple, getting good at this collaborative work of analysis requires care and practice. In this workshop, participants will explore the key elements of danger statements, safety goals and safety scales, discuss the challenges and practise the group supervision method of preparing them. Workshop will be held online using the Zoom platform. Facilitated by Pene Turnell.

1 SEPTEMBER – 3 SEPTEMBER 2020

Safety Planning Bootcamp, Perth, WA

On 1–3 September 2020, there will be a 3-Day Signs of Safety Intensive Safety Planning Bootcamp. This is the first Bootcamp we have ever held in Perth and we will detail new safety planning practice tools and demonstrate the learning methods that support them. We will provide an overview of the whole system organisational processes that have been developed to underpin rigorous safety planning. We will explore the detail of the Signs of Safety Safety Planning Roadmap and dive into skills and methods focusing on current open cases brought forward by participants. Facilitated by Pene Turnell.

19 OCTOBER – 21 OCTOBER 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering

The 13th International Signs of Safety Gathering will be held in Calgary, Canada during 19–21 October 2020. The theme for this year’s International Gathering is “Born to Belong”. As always, the event will showcase practice from child protection practitioners and leaders from around the globe. Click below for more information and for registration.

23 NOVEMBER – 27 NOVEMBER 2020

Safety Planning Bootcamp, Denmark

This five-day program will begin with a detailed exploration of all these steps of the Signs of Safety planning demonstrated through several case examples.

Following this, we will dive into the work of practicing these skills focusing on cases brought by participants. We will work together on one case as a large group and then replicate the same participatory learning process with other cases in small groups.

1 DECEMBER – 3 DECEMBER 2020

2020 Signs of Safety Gathering Sweden

On 1–2 December 2020 there will be a two-day Gathering in Sweden that will serve as a learning journey for practitioners and leaders. On the 3rd of December is the Leaders Day with the municipality of Jönköping. This day will dig deeper into the whole system implementation journey.

14 DECEMBER – 15 DECEMBER 2020 PART 2

Leading a Signs of Safety Implementation Workshop, Belgium

Elia, the organisation behind Signs of Safety, is organising a workshop about leadership in a Signs of Safety implementation. This workshop is meant for directors, practice leaders and others in leadership positions or other staff members and is presented in two parts. This is a unique opportunity for leaders to work together as a team and think about how to implement Signs of Safety in your organisation. Facilitated by Joke Wiggerink and Marieke Vogel.

Part 1 is scheduled for 10–11 June 2020 (see above).