Wakefield Signs of Safety 2017-2019
Wakefield’s Children and Young People’s Service transformation journey continues as a successful partner in the second wave Signs of Safety England Innovation Project (EIP).
The launch took place on the 29th September 2017 with leaders from ten local authorities:
coming together with Munro, Turnell and Murphy Child Protection Consulting (MTM) and their colleagues at the first quarterly leaders’ workshop for the project.
The EIP will run for the next two years through to September 2019.
The £1.95m project will focus on driving the next steps in full Signs of Safety implementation through the following key deliverables:
Working with family and social networks in safety planning (including introducing local authorities to building family networks through Family Finding)
Aligning case management processes with the continuity of Signs of Safety practice (from first referral through intake and all work with the case to closure)
Further developing and implementing Signs of Safety quality assurance. (including MTM developing a Signs of Safety dashboard to monitor practice in individual cases at practitioner, team and organisational levels, and that can be linked to the Signs of Safety Case Information System)
Mary Baginsky et. Al, Kings College London, undertook the evaluation of EIP
Phase 1. The
report highlighted that social work managers and social workers in the ten local authorities were overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of Signs of Safety in supporting children, providing fresh opportunities for social workers to involve families to a much greater extent than had been the case previously.
The researchers also concluded that:
while Signs of Safety is not a ‘magic bullet’ for the challenges that face children’s social care, it has the potential to help improve services for children and young people, and that the Signs of Safety framework was workable where authorities made the necessary commitment of trust in their staff at all levels, backed up by resources and time