"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.
The SoS approach considers information about the child and their family across a number of areas, for example:
A number of tools and resources have been developed including:
Professionals from partner agencies who need to submit a multi agency report for a scheduled child protection conference should do so using the secure AfC email addresses:
All other general enquiries regarding arrangements for child protection conferences should be made to: childprotectionconference
There are processes for families and professionals to make complaints about Child Protection Conferences.
This is the process for families Pan London Child Protection
Complaints by families is also mentioned throughout our information leaflets, which are sent with invites but are also on our public webpage: AfC Info
website - Kingston and Richmond :: Community Information /
Information and Advice / Quality Assurance and Review Service / Child Protection Conferences
Please click here to view the professional dissent process.
Child Protection Multi Agency Report Template
Video - Child Protection Conferences Explained
East Cheshire LSCB has produced this helpful film for children and young people about Child protection Conferences. In Kingston and Richmond, all children aged over 11 years as invited to attend some of their Conference. Please click here to watch.
Please find further information from AfC (Achieving for Children) who run the Child Protection Conference Service:
Achieving for Children's Quality Assurance and Review Service has created pages on their website to support children, families and professionals.
Have a look to find helpful resources on child protection conferences, advice for children looked after and their families, and information and resources from the LADO.
Information about local Contextual Safeguarding and Exploitation Conferences is here: