Leigh Taylor

Country: United Kingdom
Email: leigh.taylor@signsofsafety.net
Languages: English
Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant
Leigh began work in the voluntary sector, supporting and managing group work for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has been working in Frontline Child Protection since. She has worked for City of Edinburgh Council (Scotland) as Senior Practitioner in a statutory team for the past 12 years and has only recently moved to a new position as Child Protection Lead Officer for East and Midlothian (April 2017). She has experience in frontline child protection work: from Assessment and Intake, Joint Investigative Interviews, Looked after and accommodated children to Permanence and Adoption work. Leigh is also a Family Group Conferencing Co-ordinator and Depute Chair for a Fostering Panel.

Her interest in Sign of safety started in 2008 when she attended her first 5-day training with Dr Andrew Turnell in Gateshead. Since this time she has attended many Signs of Safety training and events and has most recently presented her casework at the Leicester International and Western Australian Gatherings (2014). She has been involved in supporting and training colleagues in the use of the approach and facilitates Signs of Safety meetings to help resolve professional conflict within the workplace. Leigh continues to use the Signs of Safety approach in practice, which provides her with a wealth of case examples including mappings and direct work with children. Leigh is committed to working in partnership with children and their families to help establish effective working relationships. Leigh became a licensed trainer in December 2014 and has conducted training and acted as a consultant to many local authorities across the UK, working closely with frontline staff to help implement and improve Signs of Safety in practice. Leigh continues to train on a part time basis.