East Riding of Yorkshire Council

In February 2012 East Riding’s Children’s Social Care Service Manager and Workforce Development Officer attended a conference to explore the use and implementation of Signs of Safety within our Children and Young Peoples Safeguarding and Support Services. The service profile covers Children’s Social Care, Early Years, Youth and Family Support, Child Care Resources, and Safeguarding. Following our commitment to whole service implementation, our Signs of Safety Leadership Team was identified and members of the team attended an individual Planning Day.

In April 2012, we started rolling out training events delivered by Tracey Hill, our Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant. The majority of our staff have now attended the two-day introduction training. In addition, our Senior Management Team and other designated managers have attended one-day overviews. This has developed a shared understanding of the approach whilst enabling frontline practitioners to have priority on the 2-day training.

Identified Practice Leaders attend regular sessions to develop their skills and understanding of the approach. At these sessions Practice Leaders work with our consultant to revisit and deepen their assessment and mapping skills, practice Signs of Safety language and practice the use of Signs of Safety direct work tools. Our Team Managers are noticing that analysis of information is clearer and does not repeat the main body of assessments. Practitioners are using some of the direct work tools to facilitate communication with children and families, and they are reporting families are responding positively to an approach where they can see and be involved in business about them.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council