Staffordshire County Council Children and Family Services

Staffordshire has begun implementing Signs of Safety across both its child protection social work teams and our early intervention services. So far we have started to run initial training for local teams and we have in place a training plan to deliver training for up to 350 staff across the whole of the county by mid-2014.

Using Signs of Safety will support our implementation of the single social work assessment and our redevelopment of the multi-agency CAF. We are also using the approach to support the development of step up and down pathways and relationships between targeted and specialist services. The initial training and the on-going practice leader groups are based around local pairs of teams which we hope will become communities of practice, supporting both the best use of the approach and also better co-working to support those children and young people at potential risk of harm and to sustain the outcomes of our social work interventions.