Words and Pictures Online Workshop

Words and Pictures Online Workshop

3–4 May 2022

Europe and UK participants:
9.00 am – 4.30 pm UTC+0

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

Tickets on sale now!

We are really excited to announce an upcoming online practice workshop!

This two-day online workshop is in a timezone that would suit participants in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Two full days of the intricacies of Words and Pictures, aimed at practitioners, therapists, practice leaders/PSW’s, team managers, foster carers, non-government and government agencies, and anyone interested in the Words and Pictures process.

Here are the dates and details of the online workshop: 

3–4 May 2022: For participants in Europe and the UK
9.00am – 4.30pm UTC+0


  • Tickets on sale now!
  • This workshop will be interactive and therefore places are extremely limited.
  • Each participant must register individually and attend using their own computer so they can fully participate in the group 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.
  • 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 penelope.turnell@signsofsafety.net urgently so you don’t miss out!


Pene Turnell

Pene Turnell

Penelope Turnell (B Psych Hons) has 11 years’ experience as a government child protection practitioner in Western Australia, working with vulnerable and at-risk children in remote communities, in metropolitan and regional Australia and internationally. While working as a child protection practitioner, the statutory agency implemented Signs of Safety as its safety planning model. Having used Signs of Safety with her own clients and experiencing the effectiveness of the approach in her own practice first-hand, Pene became a licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant in 2014. In 2019, Pene became the inaugural Executive Director of Signs of Safety Practice at Elia International.

The focus of Pene’s work has always centered on bringing parents, children and safety networks into the centre of the safety planning work. Pene is passionate about creating Words and Pictures explanations and rigorous safety plans with parents in the most challenging cases and has learnt many of her skills directly from Susie Essex, the English Family Therapist who created the method. Pene’s training is dynamic, inspiring and practical, grounded in examples of work she has been directly involved in.

Pene now runs her own child protection consultancy practice Turnell Plus with her husband an co-creator of the Signs of Safety approach, Andrew Turnell (https://www.facebook.com/turnellplus). Her primary work focuses on whole system implementations of the Signs of Safety in the Northern Territory, Ireland, and Wungening Moort in Western Australia. Pene has presented her work in Australia, North America, Europe, the UK, and Asia.