Signs of Safety and Wellbeing

Birmingham’s Practice Framework for Early Help and Safeguarding

Birmingham’s Early Help Strategy, developed by the Early Help and Safeguarding Partnership, identified the need to simplify and unify the practice and assessment process in Birmingham. 

As part of this work the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework has been adopted,  to provide practitioners and families across Birmingham with a meaningful way to ensure assessments and interventions are purposeful, inclusive and help guide decision making. 

Key elements of the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework:

  • Signs of Safety and Wellbeing enables professionals to use a strengths based methodology to talk about strengths and concerns with children, young people and families.
  • The views of the child(ren) and family are important within this framework and we have a range of tools to help professionals to identify, understand and respect their views.
  • There are 4 key steps to using our practice framework:

  1. What’s going well?
  2. What are we worried about?
  3. How worried am I? using the scaling tool
  4. What needs to happen?

Benefits of the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework:

  • This practice framework allows conversations to happen with families and across agencies, by using the same method, discussions around wellbeing and concerns are easily understood.
  • It encourages professionals to be curious about the child and the family, and to pay attention to their needs and help the help they require.
  • The Practice Framework promotes seeking consent and co-operation from families, when we want to share their information, complete assessments or work with them.  This works in tandem with the consent guidance being produced by the Partnership.
  • The practice framework helps practitioners to decide the level of need and response in Right Service, Right Time Thresholds

How the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework is being used:

  • The Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework has been adopted by Birmingham Early Help and Safeguarding Partnership and will be used to bring together all our conversations about wellbeing and safety.
  • The Practice Framework is used throughout our system, including:
    • At the Front Door in CASS and MASH, when we discuss a child you are concerned about we will use the key questions
    • In the Early Help Panels, we will use the key questions in our discussions
    • In our Early Help Assessment , Support Plan and Request for Support Form


The Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Framework
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To access the Toolkit click here

Dr Tony Stanley, Chief Social Worker for Children at Birmingham City Council has written a blog about Signs of Safety and Wellbeing, to read it click here




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