Local Authority Presentation – Suffolk

Suffolk mapped their implementation through a question and answer session with managers and front-line workers – what they were most proud of, what has challenged them and what their priorities are – all with a culture of appreciative inquiry. Stand out reflections included:

  • Choosing whole system implementation from the start in 2014
  • Implementing in-house basic training, with a dedicated group of four trainers, who followed a development trajectory, and built experience doing partner briefings (6.500 having attended these)
  • Having patience and going at the pace that works for people
  • Thinking of Signs of Safety implementation as speaking, doing and being, having made great progress on speaking, a lot on doing, but with being still a work in progress.

Participants were asked to reflect on what their biggest learnings were from the presentation.

Biggest learnings

  • How to streamline and use what we have; thinking about the offer they have – what do we have in house first; need more people in the forest, getting champions to a place where they are doing more of this in their teams; confidence is critical here, but also having the best material and everyone having the same message – so less of the mopping up if the wrong message is given
  • Centralising the training
  • Pulling people as they go past, hand picking rather than just anyone
  • Some sound quite familiar; going off on a tangent and doing their own thing
  • Have patience with people, some people just take longer
  • Blame culture
  • You as leaders are the network for the practice
  • Saying, doing, being – nice way to reflect
  • Some staff who are far ahead, others who are along way behind – identify with that
  • Training-message-fidelity issue: identify with that, especially in a large county
  • Importance of a steady workforce
  • DCS understands the intricacies of the model


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