Signs of Safety

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Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board – Policy Statement

Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) has adopted Signs of Safety as the basis of work with children across all partner agencies engaged in providing services for Children in Norfolk. Signs of Safety has also been adopted by Norfolk County Council Children’s Services and the Norfolk Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board as the core philosophy for working with children and families across Norfolk.

We will ensure that a proven, evidence-based practice framework is used across all services creating consistent and inclusive experience across Norfolk for children and families in receipt of services. Families will become increasingly familiar with the concepts and vocabulary of Signs of Safety as it is used routinely in all our work with children and families from their first contact with practitioners in universal services and where necessary right through to child protection, children in public care and back to universal services

Central to this approach is the use of specific practice tools and processes where professionals and family members can engage with each other in partnership to address and work together on solutions to meet the needs of children. As practice depth grows, Children’s Services and partner agencies will use Signs of Safety as the basis of case discussions in multi-agency fora such as Child Protection conferences, Child in Need planning meetings and Looked After Children’s Reviews.

Other assessment tools

Signs of Safety does not preclude the use of other well tested evidence based theories and assessment tools used by a wide spectrum of professionals, indeed it complements them.

Read here about the Innovative Plans to introduce Signs of Safety to Norfolk in 2015.

Signs of Safety Information Leaflets for Parents

This information document explains the Signs of Safety Approach and is aimed at parents and families.

This leaflet is also available in the following languages:-

  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Latvian
  • Romanian
  • Hungarian
  • This leaflet explains about Child Protection Conferences.