Achievements, Challenges and an Opportunity


  • Family network training – outstanding presentations
  • Inspection and working with family to get their voice in a SCR. Bringing a challenge into focus
  • Moving to a place where AI is being used regularly to learn from good practice – particularly at a team level
  • Getting group supervision step live on the IT system
  • NSCB leadership group sharing honestly
  • More practice leaders trained – building a critical mass
  • Ofsted recognised use of collaborative, strengths-based work with families
  • AI making an impact in CPCs
  • Good Ofsted
  • Establishing a stable leadership team and meeting with staff across the county to provide a consistent message re practice
  • Participatory conferencing
  • Signs of Safety Liquid Logic plan
  • Children returning home from care after being looked after for years
  • Recruitment to senior team. Improvements already visible.
  • Solution focused training group. Governance panel. Gathering. Family Finding training group.
  • Rolling out family network stuff from boot camp. Our gathering.
  • Family networking
  • I’ve seen cases where SWs are recording ‘Roadmap used’
  • AI with family
  • Creating 2 new training groups for SF and FNCN. Detail – fabulous and scary
  • Recognition of, and seeing the evidence of, development of practice and the conditions for purposeful work
  • Effective and productive PL sessions
  • Arranging extended leadership sessions
  • Positive take up of Family Finding culturally as direction and focus on values and strengths rather than mechanisms
  • Real engagement of IROs in exploring their role in QA and development of Signs of Safety
  • Increase in being asked by different areas in LA for support in group supervision
  • Feedback from Ofsted that Signs of Safety less mechanistic
  • QA – learning audits inclusion of questions directly related to Signs of Safety.


  • Staff turnover
  • Slow thinking in difficult situations
  • Workload and pressure. Consistency.
  • QA framework and how to develop
  • Momentum
  • Changing of paperwork and engagement of staff
  • Consistency of practice quality
  • Knowing with certainty that families are feeling true benefit of changed practice
  • Signs of Safety Liquid Logic
  • Senior leadership
  • Not getting to voice changes in the SCR process
  • Ensuring consistency of approach throughout all service areas and teams
  • We are dropping focus on feedback from families
  • Ofsted inspection. Staffing.
  • Sign-up of senior leadership
  • Recovering from inspection without losing pace – using it as a force for continuing to develop practice and consistently high quality
  • Getting foster carers on board with Family Networking
  • Communication and forward planning EIP2 activity
  • Aligning systems to support the practice
  • Staying motivated when ploughing through admin tasks
  • Maintaining trajectory during ILACs and consultant absence
  • Engaging senior managers
  • Working out how to use Signs of Safety to strengthen our QA system
  • Senior leadership changes
  • Getting people to complete audits.

Whole system learning cases

An individual case is a window to the whole system

At this time, a back to basics strategy that involves senior leadership and can support all the key deliverables, is being offered by way of a reprioritisation of EIP2 funds. This new learning strategy is now available to all EIP agencies and involves:

  • Consultation supporting full Signs of Safety practice in one case to completion – recorded for learning to be shared throughout the agency and to the wider professional field
  • Group of agency staff – practitioner, supervisor, agency leaders, observers
  • Learning together in real time – about both the practice and the organisational barriers and opportunities to whole system implementation
  • Learning organisation (Senge) – creating its own learning culture, focusing on its own practice.


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