Signs of Wellbeing Online Workshop

Signs of Wellbeing Workshop

13–15, 20–22 March 2023 or 25–27 September, 2–4 October 2023

09.30 am – 4.30 pm GMT

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

Registrations open now!

Country: UK

Choice of two workshop dates:
13–15 and 20–22 March 2023 or
25–27 September and 2–4 October 2023

This six-day advanced course is designed to allow participants to spread their learning out over a two-week period, providing them with an opportunity to practice the techniques learned in between sessions. It is important that candidates are available for all of the course dates so that they fully understand the safety planning framework and how to apply this in practice.

About the course

We are excited to offer a 6-day safety planning workshop that is bespoke for Early Help services using the Signs of Wellbeing® approach. The training is aimed at practitioners and managers from within Early Help services and the partner agencies they work with. We will use real life situations to help guide participants through a process using the core learning methods of Signs of Safety i.e. group supervision and Appreciative Inquiry. This workshop will be invaluable to anyone considering implementing Signs of Wellbeing in their organisation.

Early Help plays a pivotal role in supporting families and their networks at an early stage to care and protect their child/ren. If done well, we know that this can often prevent situations from escalating and child protection agencies having to become involved. In addition, there is often an expectation from the family, social care and other partner agencies that delivering a service will ‘fix’ the problem and is often one of the reasons why families bounce in and out of services. In some situations this may be helpful, but often it does not tackle the underlying cause of the issues. This in turn means that there is little benefit for the child and their family, any short term improvements are often not sustained over time because we have failed to help the family think their way into, through and out of their problems and come up with their own meaningful plans, instead making them reliant on professionals to step in to support and resolve issues when problems arise.

Early intervention safety and wellbeing planning involves creating a structured process (trajectory) built from a shared risk assessment, focused on clear explanations about why everyone is worried about the child (Critical Worries) and what everyone wants to see for them to no longer have a worry (Wellbeing Goals). From this foundation, wellbeing planning typically involves:

  • The professionals getting very clear about their trajectory for the wellbeing planning process in the case including a clear timeframe
  • Creating shared agreement with the family about the steps and timeframes before proceeding
  • Involving the children using a variety of children’s tools to ensure we hear their voice
  • Building a naturally connected network around the immediate family and child
  • Creating a Words and Pictures explanation from the adults for the children
  • Together with the parents and network building a behaviourally detailed wellbeing plan that is demonstrated over time and can be explained to the children
  • Monitoring that shares responsibility for tracking progress and allows the case to be closed

This six-day program is aimed specifically at Local Authorities who are undertaking a whole system implementation of Signs of Safety, and will be invaluable to anyone considering implementing Signs of Wellbeing in their organisation.

We will begin with a detailed exploration of all the steps of the Signs of Wellbeing assessment and planning process before diving into the work of practicing these skills focusing on a case study. From this work, each participant will create a detailed written trajectory describing the assessment and planning steps including timeframe for the case, clear critical worry statements and wellbeing goals, a draft Words and Pictures explanation, exploring bottom line requirements and critical questions to lead the wellbeing planning process, to involve the parents, children, and network and to address the most critical issues in the case. All participants will have learned how to plan out and deliver the work through the life of the case.

All participants will receive detailed learning materials as part of the program.

Registration

  • Registration is open now.
  • Each participant must register individually and attend using their own computer so they can fully participate in the group and breakout activities.
  • This practice workshop will be held over Zoom. Please make sure your organisation can use Zoom before registering! The workshop will be interactive. 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.
  • The cost for the 6-day workshop is GBP£300 per person plus VAT for the full 6 days.
  • 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 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 tracey.hill@signsofsafety.net urgently so you don’t miss out!

Facilitators

Tracey Hill
Tracey Hill has a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Work and has been working in child welfare and child protection in the United Kingdom since 1998.

Tracey first started using the Signs of Safety approach in 2005 as a Team Manager of a busy child protection team and continued to lead organisational change within a variety of senior positions, up to that of Assistant Director.

Tracey joined the Signs of Safety community in 2012 becoming one of the first licensed trainers and consultants in the UK.
From 2014-2019, Tracey worked alongside Professor Eileen Munro, Professor Andrew Turnell and Terry Murphy on the England Innovations Project (EIP1 and EIP2) working intensively with ten Local Authorities to drive continuous improvement in social care. Published research from this project being ‘You Can’t Grow Roses In Concrete 2’.

From 2019–2022, Tracey took over as the second Regional Director for Elia (the home of Signs of Safety) in the UK and Ireland.

Today, she continues in her own private work as a consultant, training and coaching leadership not only in the use of Signs of Safety, but also in helping agencies to achieve their goals by arming leaders with the skills and tools to create and sustain a positive change for their organisations as a whole.

Kerry Yendall is a registered social worker qualifying in 2010 from Northumbria University, she started her social work career from here in Newcastle City Council working within Early Help and MASH.

Prior to this, Kerry started her career in education with a passion for working with those young people who were experienced specialist residential schools as well as ‘behaviour units’ in mainstream schools across both Gateshead and Durham — this is where her passion to make a difference for families and children developed and grew with a belief that changing culture and how we traditionally worked was the only way forward.

Kerry was first introduced to Signs of Safety back in 2010 following 2-day training delivered by Viv Hogg who was working in one of the first LA’s to use Signs of Safety — for Kerry this was the way forward in her vision to helping to change culture to achieve the best for families and children. Following this, she attended 5-day advanced training in Alnwick delivered by Viv Hogg and Professor Andrew Turnell, the co-founder of Signs of Safety. From this point this was the model of practice that Kerry practiced, promoting and supporting practitioners and more importantly families.

Kerry became a licensed Signs of Safety trainer in 2018 and has delivered 2 and 5 day training courses as well as bespoke training for partners across a number of LA’s in the UK. During COVID, Kerry continued and continues to deliver this training for LA’s virtually.

In July 2020 Kerry was employed by Durham County Council as ‘Signs of Safety’ coordinator with a specific alignment to the Early Help part of the service including a focus on partnership working which has involved education, health, adult services, young carers, housing and SEND. Kerry continues to remain a licensed trainer within the Signs of Safety community alongside her role within Durham.