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 For all event enquiries please email Marie Devine at: sofsukevents@gmail.com

 5-day Advanced Practice Residency, Northumberland October 2017

We are now taking bookings for our next 5-day residency to be held in Alnwick, 2-6 October 2017 This whole-of-system residency is designed for experienced practitioners, practice leaders, supervisors, team managers and agency leaders who have experience in using the Signs of Safety in practice and in their organisation. It will explore and unpack the entwined relationships between practice and organisation. All of the training will be grounded in practice and the organisational arrangements that fosters that practice, drawing on the best of UK and international Signs of Safety work. 


 






Annual Leadership Day - 30th September 2016

 

 

 

 The Signs of Safety can transform children’s services by putting parents, children, their families and social networks at the centre of assessment, planning, decision making and taking action.

For decades, children’s services has become increasingly blame-ridden and rule-driven so that the aspiration of compassionate and collaborative yet rigorous children’s services has become increasingly revolutionary. Embracing and enacting that vision requires courage and innovation by practitioners and whole organisations.
To transform children’s services, whether in the UK or anywhere in the world, requires more than a fit-for-purpose, risk-savvy, safety-organised, end-to-end practice approach. It also requires major innovation in agency leadership, culture, procedures and structural arrangements so that all aspects of the organisation align with the Signs of Safety practice model.
The (practice) stories coming out of the Signs of Safety authorities are some of the most powerful I have heard.
Isabelle Trowler, English Chief Social Worker for Children and Families
The Signs of Safety approach is having a positive impact . . . the child’s voice is strongly evident in the better assessments and their wishes and feelings captured to inform assessments and planning . . . children and family members engage better with professionals and understand the seriousness of concerns.
Extract from 2015 Ofsted Audit Report—Brent
Where the Signs of Safety model is used to assess children’s needs, there is an emphasis on risk factors and children are central to the assessment. Where it is not used, assessments are too adult-focused and overly optimistic, leading to drift and delay for some children.
Extract from 2015 Ofsted Audit Report—Wokingham
 
About the Gathering
In the past two years the UK government has provided funding through its England Innovation Project (EIP) for 10 local authorities to work with Munro, Turnell and Murphy Child Protection Consulting to support, research and document whole organisation Signs of Safety implementation. This has been a world first project, unique in its breadth and comprehensiveness.
This Signs of Safety Gathering will include presentations by the participating local authorities, present the research findings to date, showcase the Signs of Safety information management and quality assurance developments from the project, and share the learning about the complex challenge of effective implementation.
Presentations
This Gathering will also feature presentations from:
  • Leading international Signs of Safety practitioners and agencies
  • Many of the 40-plus English, Welsh and Scottish implementing local authorities including the EIP agencies
  • Susie Essex and Dr Andrew Turnell detailing the latest Signs of Safety safety planning developments and implementation processes
  • Researchers describing the expanding Signs of Safety evidence base
  • Terry Murphy and Dr Andrew Turnell overviewing the practice, research, implementation, IT findings from the 18 months Signs of Safety EIP project
  • Concluding session by Professor Eileen Munro and Dame Moira Gibb.
The 2016 Signs of Safety Gathering will bring together practitioners and leaders from all over the UK and from around the world. Those who attend these events are passionate about child protection work and the Gathering provides the opportunity to put a spotlight on good practice, courageous leadership and innovation.
There will be only one presentation stream throughout the Gathering with no concurrent sessions. This builds energy and focus since every participant will hear the same presentations and share the same learning journey over the three-day programme.
The Norwich Gathering will follow the traditions of the nine previous International Signs of Safety Gatherings (Gateshead 2005 and 2008, Minnesota 2010 and 2015, Leiden 2011, Perth 2011, 2012, 2014 and Leicester 2014) and will continue to build the vision of whole system Signs of Safety implementation. Presenters will talk about their work, what their organisations are doing that supports and makes practitioners proud, and how both the practice and organisation is improving the experiences and outcomes for the children and families. Presenters will also talk honestly about the times when things haven’t gone so well and the learning from these challenges. Signs of Safety Gatherings are always inspirational events; they are where we hear what the model really looks like in practice!
Programme
Practice Focused Presentations
Spread over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there are 18 presentation slots for agencies and practitioners. The presentation slots will be of two durations, 30 and 45 minutes. The longer presentations will particularly suit agencies and practitioners that have been implementing the Signs of Safety approach for a significant period. The Gathering will conclude by 4.00pm on Thursday 7th.
Gathering Party
Feedback from previous Gatherings tells us that some of the best learning happens through the conversations and connections that are made around the formal programme and so we will continue the tradition of having a party at the venue on Wednesday evening (starting 7.00pm) with live music and hot buffet.
This event has been a real highlight of past Gatherings and will include a fabulous band (some of you will remember them from the 2014 Leicester Gathering) who are guaranteed to get us up dancing. Tickets for this will cost an extra £20.00 with attendees purchasing their own drinks on the night. We have worked hard to keep this cost as low as possible and we thank the UK Signs of Safety Trainers and Consultants for paying for the band. Places are limited, so it is necessary to register and pay in advance. This can be done as an option when booking for the Gathering itself.
Other Details
COST
£400.00 + VAT @ 20%
Includes lunch and refreshments. Registration does not include accommodation. Costs and details of local accommodation will be provided on booking.
REGISTRATION & INFO
For more information please contact Marie Devine, sofsukevents@gmail.com
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5-day Advanced Practice Residency, Northumberland April 2016

We are now taking bookings for our next 5-day residency to be held in Alnwick, 18-22 April 2016. This whole-of-system residency is designed for experienced practitioners, practice leaders, supervisors, team managers and agency leaders who have experience in using the Signs of Safety in practice and in their organisation. It will explore and unpack the entwined relationships between practice and organisation. All of the training will be grounded in practice and the organisational arrangements that fosters that practice, drawing on the best of UK and international Signs of Safety work. 

 

 

 

Save the Dates - Upcoming Events for 2016 

Bookings will open for the following events in the New Year. Check back here then for full details.

  • 5-day Advanced Practice Residency, Solihull 23-27 May 2016

  • UK International Gathering, Norwich 5-7 July 2016

  • 5-day Advanced Practice Residency, Northumberland 3-7 October 2016