2018 International Signs of Safety Gathering

We are excited to announce that the 12th International Signs of Safety Gathering will be held in Dublin Ireland, co-hosted by Tusla Child and Family Agency, from 6–8 November 2018.

Join us to hear presentations from child protection practitioners and leaders from across Europe and around the globe. This Gathering will also feature presentations from many Irish practitioners working in Tusla Child and Family Agency who, with their leaders, will describe their use of the Signs of Safety in the first whole country implementation of the approach.

The 2018 Gathering will be held in the beautiful seaside town of Dún Laoghaire, 12 kilometres south of the centre of Dublin. Irish culture, hospitality and warmth is famous around the world and we have chosen the fabulous and historic Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire for the 2018 Gathering because its meeting and accomodation facilities are prefect for all participants to share a fantastic three days learning.

Signs of Safety Gatherings are special because they celebrate good child protection practice through presentations from practitioners and from leaders who are supporting them. Focusing on success creates hope and inspiration for child protection professionals and renews our enthusiasm for the work. Join us at the 2018 Signs of Safety Gathering in Dún Laoghaire and be part of changing the child protection story.

This Gathering will feature presentations from:

  • Leading international Signs of Safety practitioners and agencies
  • TUSLA child protection professionals presenting their work from their nationwide implementation
  • Researchers describing the rapidly expanding Signs of Safety evidence base
  • System-wide Implementation experiences, reflections and strategies



Practice-Focused Presentations

Spread over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there are approximately 30 presentation slots for agencies and practitioners that will focus primarily on front-line practice. Other topics will include implementation experiences and strategies and results of the latest research on Signs of Safety that has been undertaken.

The Gathering will conclude by 4.00pm on 8 November 2018 .

A complete PDF of the program will be available for download on this page closer to the date of the gathering.


Gathering Dinner/Dance Party

Feedback from previous Gatherings tells us that some of the best learning happens through the conversations and connections that are made around the formal program, and so we will continue the tradition of having a party at the venue on the Wednesday evening (starting 7:00pm) with dinner and live music. This event has been a real highlight of past Gatherings and will include a fabulous band who are guaranteed to get us up dancing.

Places to this event are limited, so we recommend booking early. This can be done as an option when booking for the Gathering itself at the bottom of the page.


Call for Presentations

A call for presentations will occur mid-February 2018. If you’re interested in presenting, additional information about presenting at Signs of Safety Gatherings can be found on the Presenter Information Page.



Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin  (Gathering venue)
Marine Road Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 K063, IRELAND
T: +353 1 2300030
Rooms starting at: €115 (plus state tax and service charges)

To book rooms at the above rate, email hdoyle@royalmarine.ie or call 00353 1 271 2523 and quote “Signs of Safety Gathering 2018”

Other nearby hotels are:

Haddington House
Rooms starting at: EUR €140
Distance from Royal Marine hotel (Gathering venue): approx. 6 minute walk
Hotel website

Tara Towers Hotel
Rooms starting at: EUR €118
Distance from Royal Marine hotel (Gathering venue): approx. 20 minute train ride
Hotel website





Venue Phone: +353 1 2300030

Venue Website:

Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 K063, Ireland

Welcome to the Luxury 4 Star Royal Marine Hotel, situated In Dún Laoghaire overlooking Dublin Bay, this much loved, family run and historic landmark Hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels in South Dublin. Dating back to 1828 and with a rich history, the hotel is situated in a unique location, within easy reach of Dublin City Centre and the Wicklow Mountains. Travelling to and from the hotel is made easier by the Hotels proximity to the DART train line and Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port. The Air-coach service also provides a luxury door to door direct service to and from Dublin Airport to the hotel. Step into history and this luxury hotel as an ideal choice for any special occasion whether you are organising a conference or event, your own Royal Wedding, a romantic break, a spa and wellness experience or a business visit. Part of the family owned Neville Hotels, here at the Royal Marine, we hope that you will have an opportunity to visit us soon where our dedicated team are waiting to look after your every need. Let us help you to make your dreams come true at the Royal Marine with a luxury experience that will leave you with memories to treasure.

  • November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price Qty
Gathering + Dinner €880.00 (EUR)  
Gathering Only €795.00 (EUR)  
Dinner Only €85.00 (EUR)