Penelope Turnell

Pene Turnell
Country: Australia
Languages: English
Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant; Executive Director of Practice, Elia
Pene’s nine-and-a-half years as a child protection practitioner coincided with the Western Australian child protection department’s state-wide implementation of the Signs of Safety. Since leaving the department, Pene has taken on the role of international Executive Director Practice for Elia leading the continual development of the Signs of Safety practice approach and the implementation and learning methods that support it.

Pene has led out on the most significant Signs of Safety innovations over the past five years including developing the Signs of Safety Information Recording system, developing an advanced words and pictures training programme, developing the Harm Analysis Matrix, refining the Whole System Learning Case processes and developing the Practice Intensive methodologies to close the gap for practitioners and leaders between the training programme and applying the approach in everyday agency practice and workflows.

The focus of Pene’s work has always centered on bringing parents, children and safety networks into the centre of the safety planning work. Pene is passionate about creating Words and Pictures explanations and rigorous safety plans with parents in the most challenging cases. Pene’s training and consulting work currently focuses on the whole system implementations in Ireland, the Northern Territory of Australia and Cambodia. Pene is an inspiring teacher and supervisor of the Signs of Safety and has presented her work in North America, Europe, UK, Asia and Australia.