Signs of Safety in Redcar & Cleveland
In Redcar & Cleveland we are implementing the Signs of Safety way of working across all areas of practice within the Children and Families Directorate. Although the same approach is used by all our teams, the language changes according to the type of work we are doing:
- Signs of Safety is used by our social workers where there are concerns about the safety of a child or young person and by the social workers that support children with a disability.
- Signs of Wellbeing is used by our early help workers, they provide help and support to families at an early stage to prevent their needs from escalating to the point where they need a social worker.
- Signs of Success is used in all the work that we do with children and young people who are in our care, including care leavers.
Use the links above for more information about Signs of Safety, Wellbeing and Success.
Our implementation programme
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council started it's Signs of Safety journey in May 2018, we know that it will take between two and five years to fully embed this way of working. To achieve this we have an implementation plan which is broken down into the following key areas:
- Leadership – The Children & Families Senior Management Team are fully committed to the implementation of Signs of Safety, they meet once a month to monitor and drive forward the implementation of the model. They also promote Signs of Safety among all our partner agencies and ensure there is regular communications to staff.
- Training and Learning – We have already completed a programme of training for practitioners, managers and partner agencies delivered by our accredited Signs of Safety Trainer. We will continue to support the ongoing learning via our Signs of Safety Practice Leaders.
- Organisational Alignment – We will ensure that our IT system, policies and procedures support the Signs of Safety way of working.
- Meaningful Measures – We will align our performance measures, including the feedback we collect from young people, families, partners and staff to the Signs of Safety way of working so we can see how Signs of Safety is making a difference for children and families.
For more information about our implementation of Signs of Safety you can view our Signs of Safety Strategy and Implementation Plan here.
What will change as a result of Signs of Safety?
All of our social workers and early help workers started using the Signs of Safety Assessment and Planning Framework in July 2019, in its simplest form it is centred around three key questions:
- What are we worried about?
- What's working well?
- What needs to happen?
The format of our Multi Agency meetings will also change in line with the model. You can find out more about this on the Signs of Safety – Information for Partners Page.