Safety planning is the most important and hardest part of child protection casework. To start, it’s difficult enough for all the professionals to agree about what will satisfy them the children will be safe. Making sure the family understand what the professionals want is the next challenge.
Once these foundations are laid, the hard work really begins; an agreed, structured process or trajectory has to be established where the family and their support people can demonstrate, over time, that they can keep their children safe.
Signs of Safety safety planning involves creating a structured process (trajectory) built from a shared risk assessment, focused on clear, family understandable danger statements and safety goals.
On this 5-day course, we will present:
- Formulation of danger statements and safety objectives
- Developing a schedule for the process
- Achieving consensus and common understanding with the family about the purpose of safety plan work
- Involvement of children through the use of children’s tools
- Developing a collaboration based on the family network
- Developing a Words and Pictures explanation with parents and children
- Ongoing evaluation and adjustment of the safety plan
- Formulation of criteria for closing the case.
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.
From this work each participant that has brought forward a case will have a detailed written trajectory describing the safety planning steps including time frame for the case, clear danger statements and safety goals, a draft Words and Pictures explanation, bottom line requirements and critical questions to lead the safety planning process, to involve the parents, children and network and to address the most critical issues in the case.
All participants will have learnt how to plan out safety planning work through the life of the case.
Participants are encouraged to bring a current case requiring safety planning work that can be explored in the large or small group work.
All participants will receive detailed safety planning learning materials as part of the program.
The workshop will be facilitated by Joke Wiggerink (Chief Executive Officer, Elia International Ltd, Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant) and Marieke Vogel (Regional Director for Continental Europe, Elia International Ltd, Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant).