Child Protection Conferences

"Signs of Safety" approach to child protection

Kingston and Richmond Local Safeguarding Children's Partnership and its partners has adopted the "Signs of Safety" (SoS) approach to working with families where there are concerns about children's safety.


This approach aims to work with the strengths and resources that exist within families to build safety for children who have suffered, or are at risk of suffering, significant harm of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

Please find free Signs of Safety Training here:

The SoS approach considers information about the child and their family across a number of areas, for example:

  • Why are we worried about this child?
  • What are the dangers / risks?
  • What are the complicating factors or grey areas?
  • What is working well in terms of existing strengths?
  • What is working well in terms of existing safety measures that are in place?
  • How worried are we on a scale of 0 to 10?
  • What outcomes (or goals) do we need to have to build safety for the child?
  • What needs to happen to make the necessary changes to achieve this outcome?

Please find resources here.