Towards belonging: transforming looked after children practice
There has been a lot of discussion over many years about how the Signs of Safety purpose and approach apply to looked after children practice. This is the most complex, costly and scrutinised area of children’s services work, it has the greatest impact on children and parents’ lives and has been the most difficult area to impact. Over recent years, Andrew Turnell has led a focused effort to apply the Signs of Safety to out-of-home care practice, organised around the central motif of belonging. Most recently, this has involved working with a number of local authorities to transform the looked after forms in the English Signs of Safety case management system. This session will explore some of the complexities and challenges of looked after work, and present Signs of Belonging in its current form.
Reflections and learnings on 10 years after Munro Review and EIP research
We all know that major systemic change — including the implementation of new practice — is difficult and faces entrenched complexities in how child protection is organised, nationally and locally. There has certainly been some progress addressing the issues highlighted by the Munro Review, but to what extent are local authorities actually enabled to work to their best? The recently published McAllister Review is clear that more progress is required. The England Innovation Program has been an important effort in driving change and development, and the evaluations of the work of Munro, Turnell and Murphy (MTM) with local authorities implementing Signs of Safety (Baginsky et al 2017, Baginsky et al 2020, MTM 2017, Munro and Turnell 2020) have both challenging and encouraging lessons about what it takes to achieve comprehensive and sustainable change. This session will explore the experience of participants and MTM in driving the critical changes envisaged by the Munro Review.
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction
Facilitated by Tracey Hill
9:15 – 10:45 Signs of Belonging
Facilitated by Andrew Turnell
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 Reflections and learnings on 10 years after Munro Review and EIP Research
Facilitated by Eileen Munro and Terry Murphy
12:15 – 12:30 Feedback and learnings from the session
Facilitated by Joke Wiggerink
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Eileen Munro is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Eileen was a social worker for many years before taking up an academic career. She has studied philosophy and this has fuelled her interest in the reasoning skills needed in social work. Professor Munro has written extensively on how best to combine intuitive and analytic reasoning in risk assessment and decision-making in child protection, her most well known book Effective Child Protection is now in its second edition. In May 2011 Professor Munro completed the Munro Review of the English Child Protection System. The Review describes the limits of a policy of bureaucratic control in the prevention of severe child abuse arguing for growing a system that values and organises around frontline professional expertise.
Terry Murphy was Director General of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Western Australia (WA) from 2007 to 2014 where he initiated and led the implementation of Signs of Safety. He has since worked internationally as a Signs of Safety consultant and partner of Munro, Turnell and Murphy and been an Executive of Elia, the home of Signs of Safety, supporting agencies in implementation and developing with Andrew Turnell, Eileen Munro and Joke Wiggerink, Elia’s whole system framework for implementation. He is currently Board Chair for Elia. Terry has also led the alcohol and drug sector and the Office of Aboriginal Health in Western Australia. He holds degrees in psychology and economics, as well as an MBA.
Joke Wiggerink is a Dutch Orthopedagogue with 26 years’ experience in youth probation and child protection including directorship roles in the statutory youth care agencies in Drenthe and Groningen between 2006 and 2016. During this period, Joke led the Signs of Safety implementations in both organisations. Joke has worked alongside Andrew Turnell since 2005, initially in the Dutch implementations, then in delivering training and consultation in the Netherlands and internationally, and over the past 5 years in leading the international Signs of Safety community.
In February 2020, Joke replaced Andrew as CEO of Elia which is the international membership-based organisation that is the home of Signs of Safety. Joke’s leadership of the international Signs of Safety community sees her working in many countries around the world and she is the lead consultant in the whole system implementations in Northern Ireland, Belgium and in the just-completed English Innovations Project. As well as working with agency leaders on organisational alignment, Joke loves delivering Signs of Safety training and working alongside practitioners, supervisors and practice leaders on applying the Signs of Safety to complex cases.
Joke specialises in investigating the parallel processes that are necessary for whole system implementation so that Signs of Safety practices and culture are woven throughout the organisation creating equivalence between how service recipients are approached, staff are supervised and how the organisation is run. She works closely with Terry Murphy, Eileen Munro and Andrew Turnell in documenting the Signs of Safety implementation framework and methods.
Tracey Hill has been working in child welfare and child protection for over 20 years as a practitioner, Team Manager and Head of Service. She started using the Signs of Safety approach in 2005 when she managed a long-term child protection team in North Yorkshire, England. She started to work with Dr. Andrew Turnell in 2006 and her practice experience of using the approach went on to cover Referral and Assessment, LADO, Independent Reviewing Officer. In her strategic role Tracey supported North Yorkshire’s executive leadership team as they started to plan and implement their whole system implementation of Signs of Safety.
Tracey has been part of the international licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant community since 2012, attending community events in Ireland, Japan and Perth. She has also spent time working alongside social work staff in Minnesota using the Signs of Safety approach.
Her work in the UK has been with leaders, middle managers and front-line practitioners from Local Authorities and partner agencies to implement the Signs of Safety approach into their day to day practice.
From 2014–2019, Tracey formed part of the UK team of Trainers and Consultants working alongside Munro, Turnell and Murphy on the England Innovations Project (EIP1 and EIP2) which saw the team working intensively with ten Local Authorities to drive continuous improvement in social care.
After many years of working in child welfare Tracey’s main area of interest is now focusing on building sustained safety and support networks to help children maintain their links with kinship and to find alternatives to care wherever possible and to find ways of helping children heal from their past trauma.