Appreciative Inquiry Workbook for Signs of Safety Whole Systems Implementation


When taking up the Signs of Safety, organisations have recognised the value of Appreciative Inquiry (D. Cooperider & D. Whitney, 2005) for ongoing learning and practice development.

The Appreciative Inquiry Workbook is available now, the premier guide to the use of Appreciative Inquiry by child protection organisations implementing Signs of Safety.

Examples, exercises, and straightforward guidance, provide everything practitioners and leaders need to use Appreciative Inquiry in an environment of shared learning and reflection. Also included are links to videos of live Appreciative Inquiry conversations with families and professionals. The Appreciative Inquiry Workbook will assist organisations to design learning processes where families, support networks, practitioners, and all staff fully participate in reflective conversations.



This informative and practical guide on the use of Appreciative Inquiry within child protection and human services organisations was created by licensed Signs of Safety Trainers and Consultants Fred Magie and Manna Van ‘t Slot.

As part of their work with whole-system implementations of Signs of Safety, they have led Appreciative Inquiries in Canada, United States, Australia, and Europe. They have consulted with leadership on the usefulness of Appreciative Inquiry to organizations as they engage their staff about the good work in day-to-day practice. Through Fred and Manna’s experiences and reflective discussions, they developed a singular vision for all organizations implementing Signs of Safety:

Regular Appreciative Inquiry will grow capacity for collaboration with families and their naturally-connected networks towards lasting safety and restored health for vulnerable children and youth.

Whether you are curious about Signs of Safety or working on a whole system implementation, this workbook aims to give you knowledge and guidance in the use of Appreciative Inquiry in an environment of reflection and shared learning.

This product is available free of charge on the Signs of Safety Knowledge Bank to Knowledge Bank subscribers.