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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.

The Launch

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.

Partner Briefings

Danielle Twigg, Northamptonshire County Council’s Principal Social Worker has developed briefings sessions to give an overview of the Signs of Safety model for partners.

The briefings cover:

  • An overview of the Signs of Safety methodology
  • An understanding of the tools used within the methodology framework
  • Developing an understanding of the language and process of the assessment tool
  • Overview of the direct work tools available within the methodology

If you would like to arrange a up to 2 hour briefing with Danielle please get in touch at

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.

Signs of Safety Toolkit

Let us know how you’re getting on at and if you have any questions.

Last updated: 17 May 2018

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