Five-day Signs of Safety Intensive with Pene Turnell and Rosina Harvey-Keeping
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. From this foundation, safety planning typically involves:
- The professionals getting very clear about their trajectory for the safety planning process in the particular case including a clear time frame
- Creating shared agreement with the family about the safety planning process and trajectory before proceeding Involving the children using the children’s tools
- 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 safety 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 closured (should this be closed?)
This five-day programme will begin with a detailed exploration of all the steps of the Signs of Safety 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 learned 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 programme.
Rosina Harvey-Keeping is the Regional Director for Signs of Safety in Canada. A registered social worker based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Rosina is one of the seven trainers and consultants licensed with Signs of Safety in Canada. Her learning journey with Signs of Safety began in Ontario. There, she was a supervisor and implementation leader for Signs of Safety with the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society. She worked as a trainer for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Rosina has more than 19 years of experience in the field of child welfare and child protection. She has presented her work using Signs of Safety from the frontline and supervisory perspective at various international Signs of Safety gatherings. In addition, she has presented to other organizations and implementation agencies in North America. Presently, Rosina is a full-time licensed trainer and consultant. She works with a number of implementing Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario, child protection staff across Alberta to manage provincial implementation plans, and presently involved in assisting the country of Ireland with their whole system implementation of Signs of Safety.
Pene’s ten-and-a-half years as a child protection practitioner coincided with the Western Australian child protection department’s state-wide implementation of the Signs of Safety.
The focus of Pene’s work has always centered on bringing parents, children and safety networks into the center of the safety planning work. Pene is passionate about creating words and pictures explanations with parents in the most challenging cases.
She was part of the Western Australian Goldfields leadership team with Garfield Prowse and Mel Samuels that initiated the SPRY methods of rapid Signs of Safety mapping, network building and safety planning. Pene is an inspiring teacher and supervisor of the Signs of Safety.
She has presented her work in USA, England, Cambodia and Japan and works closely with Andrew Turnell and Susie Essex in developing and refining the Signs of Safety approach and its application for practitioners.