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Marjorie James is a social worker of 20 years experience, all of Marjories's career has been involved in child protection in the North East of England. Marjorie was assistant team manager of the Gateshead Referral and Assessment team up until June 2011.


The team have been using the Signs of Safety approach in all their investigative work since 2001 from screening incoming referrals through to reports for child protection conferences and court proceedings. Marjorie gained experience of the model firstly as a practitioner  and in recent years as a supervisor and facilitator of family and multi-agency meetings.

Marjorie developed a particular interest in using an Appreciative Inquiry model in supervision in order to grow practitioners who are able to see the strengths in themselves whilst maintaining a focus on critical reflection. 

What we know about successful Signs of Safety implementations around the world is that this can only be achieved when supervisors are able to model the work through case consultations and facilitating meetings, and when they are able to help individuals and the organisation learn from what works. Marjorie comes with a wealth of experience in all of these areas.

Since 2006 Marjorie has presented at a number of major international events in Japan, Minnesota and Western Australia.

Due to the rapid growth in the interest in the Signs of Safety approach, Marjorie is now working alongside Viv Hogg (Signs of Safety Training & Consultancy) to support Local Authorities who are implementing the model. Her specific role will be to go into host organisations following formal training in order to support managers and practitioners to develop confidence to put the learning into practice. She will do this by working directly in teams/alongside supervisors and practitioners by:

  • Facilitating Signs of Safety assessment & planning meetings
  • Observing others facilitating meetings and giving constructive feedback to help them                 to further develop their skills
  • Meet with supervisors and practitioners to help them reflect on progress and challenges
  • Working with supervisors to establish Appreciative Inquiry as a supervision tool