Signs of Safety 2018 (CIPF)

Signs of Safety®An Overview for Alberta

Signs of Safety is an approach to Child Intervention that was developed by Child Intervention staff to enhance child safety and uses professional social work concepts such as strengths-based and solution-focused methods and integrates them with the family’s expertise and cultural knowledge. It encourages a balanced and rigorous exploration of danger or harm as well as indicators of safety and focuses on risk assessment and safety planning. Is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach to child protection casework. The model of its approach was created in Western Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards, who worked with over 150 front-line statutory practitioners and based it on what those practitioners know works well with difficult cases. The Signs of Safety approach has attracted international attention and is being used in jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Australasia


Alberta Human Services Child Intervention Practice Framework (CIPF) Focus on Aboriginal community conversations, the policy and legislative review of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Child Intervention Practice Framework (CIPF) The Alberta government listened to feedback from frontline staff in developing new and innovative ways to serving at-risk children, youth and families. The Child Intervention Practice Framework is the foundation of one of these innovations – ensuring workers are supported, trained and provided with development opportunities.

Family Finding

PS4LLC Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections 2018

Child Intervention Review Panel


Recommended Resources

2017 International Signs of Safety Gathering Videos and Presentation Materials Available for a Limited Amount of Time. Please note that all presentations will be freely available to watch on for three months from the date that they are published. Following that, five presentations will be selected to remain available for two years. All the presentations from this and past International Gatherings are always available through an organizational subscription to the Signs of Safety Knowledge Bank.

The first presentation video from is now up. Watch Demonstrating Safety Within the Drug Epidemic

A new book, Strengths-Based Child Protection: Firm, Fair, and Friendly by Carolyn Oliver has recently been released which we are very happy to recommend. Forward by Andrew Turnell: Signs of Safety

Video from the Fourth Western Australian Signs of Safety Gathering  October 2016
The Western Australian Department for Child Protection and Family Support hosted their fourth Signs of Safety Gathering. Featuring the theme “Reflect, Reboot, Renew” the event was attended by Departmental staff, representatives from other government and non-government agencies, and also international presenters:
Mike Caslor – Canada
Beth Farquharson – Canada
Jill Devlin and Lee Roberts – New Zealand

Signs of Safety The Three Houses App   is the first of a series of practice-focused apps that will be integrated into a Signs of Safety IT and recording system that is currently in development as part of the Signs of Safety England Innovations Project.

The Power of Partnership Video & Workbook: How to Use Signs of Safety in Child Protection

Signs of Safety Supervisor Practice Fidelity Assessment Casey Family Programs have just released the first report that describes the development of a supervisor assessment fidelity measurement tool


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