Unpacking Risk Assessment through the Signs of Safety

Unpacking Risk Assessment

28–29 November 2022

9.00 am – 4.00 pm PST (UTC-8)

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

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Country: Canada 🇨🇦

Caara Goddard and Heidi Hebditch, licensed Trainers and Consultants with Signs of Safety in Canada, are teaming up to offer a 2-day introductory workshop to Signs of Safety, online via Zoom.

Whether you are in need of a refresher or a first-time introduction to Signs of Safety, this motivational 2-day workshop is for you! This program is specifically designed to engage practitioners in a learning journey to enhance understanding about Signs of Safety as a risk assessment practice framework for child protection services utilising active case examples.

In this interactive online workshop, we will explore:

  • The principles, disciplines, tools, and processes of Signs of Safety practice
  • The common misconceptions of Signs of Safety in practice and Implementation
  • The Signs of Safety approach to risk assessment and safety planning in child protection case practice
  • The application of Signs of Safety practice through end-to-end case examples
  • The implementation framework, with emphasis on learning methods that support the practice methods

Caara and Heidi have both worked as leaders of practice within organisations that took on whole system implementations of Signs of Safety and will share their learnings of applying the methodology in the context of everyday child protection practice as well as the successes and struggles of whole system implementation. There will also be time provided for small breakout room discussions to give practitioners opportunities to learn from each other.


  • Tickets on sale now.
  • These 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.
  • The registration fee for workshops is CAD$465 per person and includes any handouts.


Caara GoddardCaara Goddard is a licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant who has been passionately working in Indigenous Child Welfare systems for 15 years, both as a frontline social worker as well as a leader and a consultant — working on whole system implementations. During this time, her focus has been to move reconciliation into reconcili-action and to support Delegated Aboriginal Agencies to work through a more participatory and strengths-based risk assessment and safety planning process within their communities.

A key guiding principle for Signs of Safety is that child protection work can only happen in the presence of strong constructive working relationships and Caara is committed to working and building relationships with agencies, to move child protection and child safety forward in a way that is clear, child-centred, and collaborative. Caara has worked on implementations in Ireland, Alberta, the Yukon, Ontario, but primarily in her home province of British Columbia, where we spends her leisure time with her large family who keep her grounded in her purpose.

Prior to her work as a consultant/trainer with Signs of Safety, Heidi spent 8 years on the frontline of social work initially as a child protection worker and later as a supervisor with a fully delegated Aboriginal child protection agency in British Columbia, Canada. Heidi has a Masters of Social Work with Indigenous Specialisation and a Bachelor of Social Work with Child Welfare Specialisation. Today, she continues in her work as a consultant, training and coaching leadership and staff, not only in the use and implementation of the Signs of Safety practice framework, but also in creating positive change for organisations as a whole.

Heidi has been a part of leading one of the largest jurisdictional implementations of Signs of Safety throughout Alberta, Canada, and remains committed to her work in other regions and jurisdictions across Canada as well. She firmly believes that implementing this practice within your organisation is not just about using the right tools; it’s about changing the way we think! It’s about shifting our practice from a deficit-based practice to a more positive, strength-based practice. Heidi has nearly 15 years of experience in helping organisations implement the Signs of Safety framework across all levels of their organisations and has worked to develop a supervision/staff evaluation model that ensures a parallel process throughout all departments of implementing organisations as well.