Journey to Excellence and Signs of Safety

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Children’s Services is transforming our approach to family support and the provision of care for children and young people in the district. We will be doing this through a new programme called Journey to Excellence. We are working with partners to implement Signs of Safety..

Journey to Excellence goes alongside our other local priorities to improve health and education outcomes and increase employment and skills. We will focus on four main areas:

  • Developing our integrated Early Help offer across all key agencies
  • Refocusing children’s placement provision within the Bradford District
  • Better response to young people in crisis
  • Develop an integrated service across children’s, adult’s and health services for young people aged 14-25 years with complex health and/or disabilities

Signs of Safety

Signs of Safety provides a consistent way of working that all practitioners can use in their work with children and families. From Early Help through to how we manage child protection plans, Signs of Safety can bring about more consistency in our work together.

Signs of Safety is an approach that always puts a child’s safety first. The model grew out of what practitioners and families reported to be effective. It leads to plans with families that include a robust analysis of strengths and risks. Signs of Safety is now used in many countries around the world. Longitudinal studies in Australia and America are consistent in demonstrating the positive impact of this approach. Over 30 local authorities in England are using the approach.

We want a shared approach to working with children and families where the family takes the lead for their children’s safety and well-being.

The Signs of Safety training programme started at the end of April 2016.

Want to know more about Signs of Safety & Early Help?

1.5 hour awareness sessions will take place on the 18 & 20 May 2016.

These session are open to agencies across the district who work directly with children, young people and families.

They are designed for people who do not need to attend longer training but only require an awareness. For example, members of school leadership and/or Governing Bodies, VCS Board members and GP Practices.

To book a place on one of these sessions please go to:

18 May 2016 - Book a place 

20 May 2016 - Book a place





Published: 09/05/2016
Audience: School leadership teams and governors
Contact: Mark Anslow

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