About the Signs of Success Way of Working
In Redcar & Cleveland we use the Signs of Success way of working throughout all our work to support children in our care and care leavers. This also includes the way in which we work with our foster carers.
Signs of Success considers:
What we are worried about
- Anything that is currently happening in the child or young person's life that could affect their safety, wellbeing or make it less likely that they will achieve their goals.
- Any harm they have suffered in the past that is impacting on their wellbeing, making it harder to be safe, well and happy or is likely to create worries in the future.
- Any complicating factors that are making the worries harder to deal (like communication difficulties or friends that are a bad influence).
What is working well
- Things that the child or young person, their carer, and other people in their life, have done in the past to keep them safe and support their wellbeing, 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 child's social worker or their Personal Advisor needs to see happening in order to be satisfied that the child or young person is safe, well and on track to achieve their goals.
- The next steps that need to be taken to address the worries and make sure the child will be safe and well in the future and has the help and support they need to achieve their personal goals.
All of our assessments include:
- A Critical Worry Statement which sets out who is worried, what they are worried about and what is likely to happen if nothing changes.
- A Success 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, well and on track to achieve their personal goals.
To help children achieve their success goals we will:
- Work with them to identify a support network of people who can help to address the worries and provide support, this will usually include their foster carers, friends, relatives and other important people in the child's life.
- Work with children, young people and their carers to develop a Success Plan, this will set out the next steps and explain what needs to happen to make sure any worries are addressed and the child or young person has the help they need to be safe, well, happy and be supported to achieve.
- Work with children and young people to understand what they are worried about and what they want to happen so that this is central to their Success Plan.
Signs of Success in Foster Care
Our foster carers are fundamental to achieving excellent outcomes for the children in our care, they will always be involved in the Signs of Success approach for the children in their care and will work with us, their foster child and the child's support network to develop and implement the Success Plan.
Signs of Success is also used directly with our foster carers, we might use this to create a plan that supports placement stability. When foster carers meet with their supervision social worker their conversations are also aligned to the Signs of Success model.
For more information about what Signs of Safety and Signs of Success means for foster carers please download the below Signs of Safety – Guide for Foster Carers.