Signs of Safety Online Practice Workshops

Online Practice Workshops

10 September / 8 October / 5 November / 10 December

Sept and Oct workshops: 08.30 am – 11.30 am UTC+0
Nov and Dec workshops: 09.30 am – 12.30 pm UTC+0

These workshops will be held online via Zoom
Places are extremely limited

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We are really excited to announce some upcoming online practice workshops!

This series of four online, three-hour practice workshops will focus on building practitioner’s skills in applying Signs of Safety in their everyday work with children, parents, their support network and professional partners.

Here are the dates and details of the four online workshops, plus the theme of each workshop. 

10th September: Analysis — Danger Statements, Safety Goals and Safety Scales
8.30am – 11.30am UTC+0

8th October: Safety Planning — Timelines and Trajectory
8.30am – 11.30am UTC+0

5th November: Safety Planning — Preparation, Monitoring and Review
9.30am – 12.30pm UTC+0

10th December: Appreciative Inquiry
9.30am – 12.30pm UTC+0

First two workshops (10th September/8th October) British Summertime:

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10th September: Analysis — Danger Statements, Safety Goals and Safety Scaling Questions
Led by Haley Muir and Mari Jayne

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.

 8th October: Safety Planning — Timeline and Trajectory
Led by Haley Muir and Wendy Hill

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.

5th November: Safety Planning — Preparation, Monitoring and Review
Led by Wendy Hill and Kerry Yendall

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.

10th December: Appreciative Inquiry
Led by Emma Hopper and Mari Jayne

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.


  • Tickets on sale now.
  • These three-hour workshops will be interactive and therefore places are extremely limited for each session.
  • Each participant must register individually and attend using their own computer so they can fully participate in the group and breakout activities.
  • This will be an interactive practice workshop. To help facilitate this, we ask all participants to be on audio and video for the session. Please join from a computer with good internet connectivity (to the best of your ability) with a webcam and use a set of headphones with a microphone. Using headphones with a microphone rather than your computer’s built-in speakers and microphone will improve the quality of your audio and help improve everybody’s experience of the workshop.
  • Workshops are GBP£45 per person or GBP£150 per person for a combo registration for all 4 workshops (save £30).
  • Once you have successfully registered, you will be sent all the information you need to participate in the Zoom workshop including Zoom meeting ID and password 48 hours prior to the workshop commencing. If you haven’t received your email with Zoom details by the day of the workshop, please remember to check your Junk folder for these details or contact urgently so you don’t miss out!


Hayley MuirHaley Muir has been a UK Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer for 6 years working both Nationally and Internationally with agencies supporting their implementations of Signs of Safety through training and some consulting. With 16 years’ frontline experience Haley remains a registered Social Worker in England and has experience within Children Services, ranging from child protection in complex cases to working in the voluntary sector providing commissioned services to statutory agencies, using Signs of Safety as her practice framework.

Emma Hopper is a Signs of Safety Trainer/Consultant with 14 years social work practice, with much of this time using the Signs of Safety approach in all areas of practice. Emma has been licensed since 2014, working across the UK, with most recently leading the one-year North Tyneside learning lab, an intensive action learning process undertaken with staff, managers and leaders to test and refine the Signs of Safety IT Solution. This project contributed to Ofsted (English Audit Commission) rating North Tyneside as outstanding in March 2020.

Mari Jayne

Mari Jayne is a licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant and draws on over 30 years of experience working in child protection both as a practitioner and as a manager. It was in 2006 when Mari was working in North Yorkshire that she was introduced to Signs of Safety. Mari saw first-hand the difference the approach made when working with children, young people and their families. Since becoming licensed in 2014, Mari has delivered training and consultancy to organisations across the United Kingdom.

Wendy has been a licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant since 2017, working with local authorities to implement and effectively embed a whole system Signs of Safety approach to practice. She remains a registered social worker with over 30 years’ experience of working as a practitioner, manager, trainer and strategic leader within local authority Children’s services in the UK. Currently Wendy’s particular area of interest is in developing the collaboration and alignment of Signs of Safety with Contextual Safeguarding.

Kerry Yendall has been licensed as a UK trainer for 2 years. During this time she has delivered training to a number of Local Authorities within the UK, also delivering briefings to partner agencies within those Local Authorities. Kerry is a registered social worker who has used Signs of Safety as a model in her own practice, she is currently also employed as a Signs of Safety coordinator for a Local Authority in the UK.