An evaluation by King’s College London, of the strengths-based Signs of Safety approach to child protection found it had improved social work practice but that there was little evidence that the model improved the quality of child protection assessments.
Signs of Safety is designed to integrate professional and family knowledge in the assessment of risk and any subsequent planning. It is based on honest relationships between the worker and families and between all professionals involved to achieve a shared understanding of what needs to change, and critical thinking to minimise error and create a culture of reflective practice.
Key findings include:
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