About the Signs of Safety Way of Working
In Redcar & Cleveland our social workers use the Signs of Safety way of working when there are concerns about the safety of a child or young person. We also use the Signs of Safety approach in our work with children with a disability and their families, where they require support from a social worker.
The Signs of Safety approach helps us to understand what is happening so we can determine how best to help the child or young person, so that we can be sure that they are safe.
The Signs of Safety Assessment considers:
What we are worried about
- Anything that is happening or has happened in the past which is harmful or damaging to the child.
- Any complicating factors that are making it harder to deal with the worries.
What is working well
- Things that the family and other people in the child's life have done in the past to keep them safe, when the things we are worried about have happened.
- Who has been helping and what they have been doing to sort out the worries.
What needs to happen
- What the social worker needs to see happening in order to be satisfied that the child is safe.
- The next steps that need to be taken to address the worries and make sure the child will be safe in the future.
All of our assessments include:
- A Danger Statement which sets who is worried, what they are worried about and what is likely to happen if nothing changes.
- A Safety Goal which explains what everyone involved needs to see happening to be sure that the worries have been addressed and to be satisfied that the child is safe.
To help families achieve their safety goals we will:
- Work with them to identify a safety network to help them address the worries and keep the child safe, this will usually include extended family members, friends and other important people in the child's life.
- Work with them to develop a safety plan, this will set out the next steps and explain what needs to happen if the worries arise again.
- Work with children and young people to understand what they are worried about and what they want to happen so that this is incorporated into their safety plan.
You can find out more about the Signs of Safety way of working by reading our Signs of Safety Information for Parents and Carers Leaflet.