Signs of Safety
Signs of Safety is an internationally successful model which will transform the way we work with children and families across Northamptonshire.
The model is about building relationships and working together; with families and children, professionals and colleagues, and identifying together areas that need to change, including worries and risk, whilst focusing on strengths, resources and networks.
Signs of Safety is happening in Northamptonshire now, so it’s important that everyone working with children and families begins to understand this new approach so our work across the partnership is consistent and joined up.
In November 2017, Northamptonshire County Council launched Northamptonshire’s Signs of Safety journey with their staff and partners. At these events organisational strengths, danger statements (key areas we’re worried about that Signs of Safety can help with), and organisational goals (what needs to be put into place to no longer be worried) were explored.
The Signs of Safety charter, which covers some simple behaviours and actions that can be taken to help ensure success with Signs of Safety were shared.
There is a briefing video which you can access here to give you and your staff an introduction to Signs of Safety.
To book on to the Signs of Safety Briefing you will need to create an Ilearn account with the Local Authority. This is a web based platform for booking onto courses, it enables you to keep track of all your training course activity https://lgss.learningpool.com/
If you do not have an account already, you will need to register. When you have done this, you will receive an email to confirm that your account has been activated. If you are new to ILearn, full guidance on how to set up your account is given on the site, along with our terms and conditions. You can also look at the short Virtual Tour and Getting Started video guides.
To book onto any of the courses, you will be prompted to login to your LGSS ILearn account. Search on ‘Signs of Safety Briefing’. When you book onto a course you will be sent a confirmation email, including joining instructions, please read all details carefully.
Each person requires an ILearn account to be able to book training, each individual person must set up their own account under Government Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
To view details of how to set up an account view the Signs of Safety Briefing Page.
Case Studies and Good News Stories
Sharing best practice and learning with each other is such a valuable part of our Signs of Safety journey and although we have has only just begun, we’re already getting examples of how our developing skills and this new approach are improving our support for children and families.
Have a look below for case studies and good news stories to celebrate and learn from:
Signs of Safety Toolkit
If you have attended a Signs of Safety briefing, the tool templates on the signs of safety toolkit page are your next step for having a go at using the approach.
Let us know how you’re getting on at Signsofsafety@northamptonshire.gov.uk and if you have any questions.
Last updated: 18 June 2021