‘Signs of Safety’ Practice in Children’s Services: An Evaluation

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an evaluation project to transform children’s services in 10 local authorities by implementing signs of safety (SoS) practice which aims to improve the quality of direct social work with children, young people and their families. Findings from a survey of 471 social workers who participated on the project include: improved quality of their assessments since the adoption of the SoS programme; better communication with families, and greater inclusion of children and young people. Findings from interviews with 270 families showed that 52% were satisfied with the contact with social workers and believed their lives had been improved as a result.

Source: DfE 

Further information: Evaluation of Signs of safety in 10 pilots: research report (PDF)