What we like most about the Signs of Safety is the simplicity that's found only on the far side of complexity. At the same time, learning to do it well requires learning to think differently about many of our most deeply held beliefs about child welfare, parenting, and change. When you look around, almost everyone who's really working hard to improve at something, from hitting a baseball, to playing a piano, to moving up in their organization at work, has a coach, teacher, or mentor helping them to do it.
For those who are really interested in doing the Signs of Safety well, Safety Planning Inc. is willing to serve you as coach, teacher or mentor. We'll coach whole agencies, or even individual child welfare administrators, front line supervisors, and social workers to help you and your system develop the confidence and skills to safely keep children with their own families, safely and effectively respond to drug using parents, and safely manage children's challenging behaviors within their own family and network. We'll also coach parents seeking to demonstrate their ability to keep their children safe to their local child protection authorities, and relatives or kin who are worried about one or more children and wanting to do everything they can to keep them safe and help them do well.
We recommend starting with a single family situation or organizational challenge by following the steps described in the networking and doing sections of this website. If you find that helpful and want more concentrated coaching, training, or mentoring, then click one of the email addresses at the top of each page of our website and send a detailed description of what you think will be most helpful to you. We'll connect and figure out how to be as helpful as we can, or let you know when we think someone else might be able to be more helpful.
One of the most exciting things we've seen in our Signs of Safety journey is individuals who get excited about doing this work in a way that works, and then spreading their excitement across their agency. We often hear people, including social workers, parents, and relatives, lamenting that their organization doesn't support Signs of Safety. That frustrates us too. But that doesn't have to stop you from using and spreading the approach in your agency or community. As the old saying goes, even the biggest journey starts with a single step.