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Tracey Hill is a social worker of 13 years’ experience, all of Tracey's career has been involved in child protection in the North of England. Tracey is a part-time Team Manager in the Scarborough Assessment and Impact Team.

The Signs of Safety approach has been used in all aspects of their investigative work since 2007 from screening incoming referrals through to reports for child protection conferences and court proceedings.

Tracey's particular area of interest is Safety Planning in high risk child protection cases. She has developed this area of work as a team manager helping her staff to build meaningful family owned safety plans in collaboration with key professionals and family members.

Tracey has played a key role developing the use of Signs of Safety in North Yorkshire. Over recent years she has helped train Safeguarding and Looked After Children’s Teams to use Signs of Safety. More recently she has trained the County’s’ new front door (Assessment and Impact) teams to use the approach within their day to day practice and has helped to structure the front door service so that the Signs of Safety approach is integral to all management/social work activity. Case mapping is now used from screening incoming referrals to case; allocation, consultation, review, transfer and closure processes.

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.

Tracey comes with a wealth of experience in all of these areas as well as training front line practitioners, managers and partner agencies she uses this approach within her 1:1 and group supervisions sessions and feels that this has not only strengthened decision making and accountability but that it has also helped to build a much more confident group of practitioners who are grounded in good practice.

Since 2007 Tracey has presented at a number of major UK Signs of Safety events and spent time with social work staff in Minnesota using the Signs of Safety approach

Due to the rapid growth in the interest in the Signs of Safety approach, Tracey is now working alongside Viv Hogg (Signs of Safety Training & Consultancy) to support Local Authorities train their staff in the model.