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Signs of Safety: lessons learnt from evaluations

Mary Baginsky (Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, London, UK)
Jo Moriarty (Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, London, UK)
Jill Manthorpe (Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, London, UK)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Article publication date: 5 July 2019

Issue publication date: 15 July 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Signs of Safety (SoS) is a strengths-based approach to child protection casework that has been widely adopted in countries across the world. The purpose of this paper is to report on a study that aimed to synthesise the many evaluations of SoS that have been conducted to assess their strengths and limitations. The intention is to identify the aspects which should be explored further and those that remain unexamined to inform future evaluations.

Design/methodology/approach

The study collated and then examined many of the evaluations that are in the public domain as well as some of those that were conducted within agencies and have not been made publicly available.

Findings

At the present time (early 2019), the evidence base for SoS is limited. Independent, robust research needs to be undertaken over time to build on the studies that have been conducted. New research must be designed to fill gaps and be capable of producing the evidence required and it must address its own limitations.

Originality/value

This study is the most comprehensive contemporary review of the evaluations of SoS that have been conducted to the best of the authors’ knowledge.

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Acknowledgements

This review is underpinning the evaluation of Signs of Safety pilots which was funded by the Department for Education as part of the Children’s Social Care English Innovation Programme. The views expressed are solely those of the authors.

Citation

Baginsky, M., Moriarty, J. and Manthorpe, J. (2019), "Signs of Safety: lessons learnt from evaluations", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 107-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-11-2018-0028

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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