Signs of Safety Practice Workshops

Practice Workshops

18 June / 25 June / 2 July / 9 July

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm UTC+0

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

Tickets are sold out

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

This series of eight 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 first 4 online workshops, plus the theme of each workshop. 

18th June: Safety Planning — Timeline & Trajectory

25th June: Safety Planning — Preparation, Monitoring and Review

2nd July: Appreciative Inquiry

9th July: Analysis — Danger Statements, Safety Goals and Safety Scales

Workshops run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm UTC+0

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Practice Workshops18th June: Safety Planning — Timeline and Trajectory
Led by Pene Turnell

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.

Practice Workshops25 June: Safety Planning — Preparation, Monitoring and Review
Led by Andrew Turnell

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.

Practice Workshops2 July: Appreciative Inquiry
Led by Andrew Turnell

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.

Practice Workshops9 July: Analysis — Danger Statements, Safety Goals and Safety Scaling Questions
Led by Pene Turnell

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.


  • Tickets are now sold out
  • 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.
  • Workshops are AUD$65 per person or AUD$220 per person for a combo registration for the first 4 workshops (save $40).
  • 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.