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Viv Hogg is a social worker of 15 years experience in child protection work, first in Derbyshire and Nottingham before moving north to Gateshead.

Until June 2011, Viv managed the Gateshead Referral and Assessment team who hace been using the Signs of Safety approach in all their investigative work since 2001. The growing interest in the Signs of Safety, along with Viv's strong expertise in the approach, led her to move full-time into training and consultancy.

Viv has provided training and consultation in the Signs of Safety to many UK boroughs and currently acts as the Business Manager for UK Implementation,

Viv and the Gateshead team's extensive Signs of Safety experience has been recognised internationally - they have presented their work as keynote presenters in major child protection conferences in Japan, Minnesota, Perth and the Netherlands. Viv is the co-author of three papers and one chapter on the Signs of Safety and solution-focused child protection practice.

Wheeler, J. and Hogg, V. (2011), Signs of safety and the child protection movement, in C. Franklin, T. Trepper, E. McCollum W. Gingerich, (eds.), Solution-focused brief therapy: a handbook of evidence-based practice, New York: Oxford University Press USA.


After training:


"Have just used the framework from Signs of Safety for a review conference on (14 and 15 years old - neglect). All I can say is magic!!! I feel very motivated and the conference really embraced the change in approach. Got everyone to make a "judgement" on the scale at the end and explain why FAB!!! (B, Dudley (Dec 2011)

"I think that while the essence of the work being so simple is why it is so brilliant, I really wanted to praise Viv for her engaging and encouraging presentation/training style. She was so assured that this approach is both beneficial and essential in the work we deliver that you couldn’t fail to be captured and inspired." DC, Leicestershire (February 2012)