Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer; Executive Director of Practice, Elia
Pene’s nine and half years as a child protection practitioner coincided with the Western Australian’s child protection department’s state-wide implementation of the Signs of Safety. The focus of Pene’s work has always centred on bringing parents, children and safety networks into the centre of the safety planning work. Pene is passionate about creating words and pictures explanations with parents in the most challenging cases. She was part of the Western Australian Goldfields leadership team with Garfield Prowse and Mel Samuels that initiated the SPRY methods of rapid Signs of Safety mapping, network building and safety planning. See the video below to see Garfield, Pene and Mel presenting this work. Pene is an inspiring teacher and supervisor of the Signs of Safety. She has presented her work in USA, England, Cambodia and Japan and works closely with Andrew Turnell, Katrina Etherington and Susie Essex in developing and refining the Signs of Safety approach and its application for practitioners.