Lies Van Nuland

Lies Van Nuland
Country: Belgium
Languages: Dutch
Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer
Lies van Nuland started to work with young people who were less fortunate in different organisations, as a social worker and also as a leader. Those young people learned from her; by approaching them in a positive way and by believing in them — searching for their talents to make them stronger to handle their difficult situation at home.
After 10 years working with them, she moved to the Netherlands for 5 years and became a child protection worker at Bureau Jeugdzorg Amsterdam. It was a new experience working with families who had been directed by a judge. She experienced that focussing on the safety of the children, on the parents’ good parenting, opened many doors. Their belief in her gave her the opportunity to become a senior and give supervision to her colleagues in implementing FFPS (Functional Family Parole Services) and GGW (Generiek Gezinsgericht Werken). This experience taught her that getting supervision in her own learning process and leading groups in their learning process gives her energy.

Back to Belgium, she started at Jongerenwelzijn in 2013 as Regional Staff and soon they had a 3 day training course with Andrew Turnell in Brussels. From that moment, Lies, together with many colleagues, were convinced that Signs of Safety was the approach that could help them to do better with child protection in Flanders. In 2015, Jongerenwelzijn decided to implement Signs of Safety. She gave supervision to social workers and teams with the focus on learning by good practices, and supporting networks around children. In 2016, Lies got the opportunity to work with children and families again as a worker at a juvenile court (sdj Dendermonde) by using the Signs of Safety approach in managing a caseload of 80 children working 80%. She believes that Signs of Safety can have a bigger positive impact on children and families when more social workers are trained in it. Because working together, using the same approach and language in looking for a child’s safety, is much stronger.