2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering

The safety and well-being of everyone who attends the International Gathering is always our priority. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering until 2021. Please read the statement from Andrew Turnell here.

Gathering Postponed


9.00 am – 4.30 pm

2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering
Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre St S E
AB T2G 5P6

If you experience any problems when registering for the Gathering such as timeouts etc, please do contact Kirsten, the Event Coordinator, at events@signsofsafety.net for assistance!

Signs of Safety Gatherings were created to facilitate the bringing together of child protection workers, leaders and academics from all over the world; celebrating what works. Signs of Safety Gatherings are unique because they honour good child protection practice through presentations from practitioners, and from leaders who are supporting them. Focusing on success and on what actually works for practitioners and families in child protection is inspiring, and creates an energy that renews our enthusiasm for the work.

Last year was the 25th anniversary of Signs of Safety and we held our biggest Gathering to date in Dublin, Ireland. This Gathering was our first ever sell-out and featured presentations from the USA, Cambodia, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Japan, Canada, UK, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland. This upcoming International Signs of Safety Gathering will feature presentations from practitioners working in Alberta Children’s Services who, with their leaders, will describe their use of Signs of Safety in one of the longest-running whole-system implementations of the approach.

Join us at the 2020 International Signs of Safety Gathering in Calgary and be part of changing the child protection story.

Born to Belong

The theme for this year’s International Gathering is “Born to Belong”.

Presenter Submissions

We are seeking submissions for presentations from practitioners and agencies. If you would like to consider putting yourself forward as a possible presenter and share how your organisation is changing the story of child protection, please submit a presentation application by 3rd April 2020 and join us in Calgary.

Meet and Greet Networking Event for Evaluators and Researchers

As Signs of Safety has grown into an international movement, there has been increased attention around the ‘evidence base’ for the approach. To help us explore this subject, we are hosting a breakfast, open to Evaluators and Researchers who are already attending the International Signs of Safety Gathering in Calgary. Places are strictly limited. For more information about this event and to register your interest, please visit the Research Breakfast page.

Leaders’ Day 22nd October 2020

Over the past 12 years, large scale implementations of Signs of Safety have been undertaken across the world. Working together with these agencies and their leaders, the lessons from this international effort have been distilled into a clear, whole-system framework for organisational implementation.

Organisational change depends on determined, courageous and intelligent whole-system leadership. This will be a unique learning opportunity to come together with international peers to share personal experiences and draw creative inspiration. This unique environment lends a platform to strengthen efforts to lead organisations that can support participatory Signs of Safety practice.


International Signs of Safety Gathering
Feedback from previous Gatherings tells us that some of the best learning happens through the conversations and connections that are made around the formal programme, and so we will continue the tradition of having a party at the venue on the Tuesday 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 for 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.


Signs of Safety Gathering
Three days of presentations from leading Signs of Safety practitioners and agencies around the world. Your ticket price includes arrival tea and coffee, plus lunch, and morning and afternoon tea for all three days of the Gathering

Leaders’ Day — Part of the Signs of Safety Gathering Week
Leaders of organisations implementing Signs of Safety will share their experience and learnings. Your ticket price includes arrival tea and coffee, plus a 3 course lunch, and morning and afternoon tea

Dinner and Dance — Part of the Signs of Safety Gathering Week
An opportunity for conversations, connections (and dancing!) outside of the formal programme

Signs of Safety Gathering & Leaders’ Day
Get connected with the frontline practice at the Signs of Safety Gathering from the Monday to Wednesday, then on Thursday, hear from and connect with leaders of organisations implementing Signs of Safety as they share their experience and learnings