An introduction to Signs of Safety for Surrey CC and partners
Date & Time:
Venue:Guildford Fire Station, Guildford Fire Station By-Pass Ladymead Guildford GU1 1DL
Signs of Safety is being adopted by Surrey County Council's Children's Services as a practice model for its work with children, young people and their families/carers. It supports the Safer Surrey approach which is a whole system, strength-based approach that works on the belief that children and their families have the strengths, resources and ability to recover from adversities.
Signs of Safety is a purposeful and collaborative way of working with children and their families/carers to keep children and young people safe and ensure their needs are met. Central to this approach is the use of specific practice tools and processes where professionals and family members can work together in partnership to find solutions to worries about children’s safety and wellbeing.
The course is aimed at practitioners and managers in voluntary, independent and statutory agencies who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could contribute to assessing, planning, and supporting families to make changes in how they live together to ensure that children are safe and their needs are understood and met. This will include practitioners who are or will be designated safeguarding leads for their organisations as well as those who support families through Early Help plans.
Introduce practitioners to Signs of Safety methodology and tools.
• Introduce to the concept of Signs of Safety to partners working with children and young people.
• Understand how Signs of Safety is being used in Early Help, Child in Need, Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups, Children Looked After Reviews and other multi-agency meetings.
• Raise practitioner awareness as to what will be required from them at the range of activities above.
• Understand what difference Signs of Safety will make to outcomes for children, young people and families.
Trainer:Jane Donson/Anastasia Drenou
Venue Details:Guildford Fire Station, Guildford Fire Station By-Pass Ladymead Guildford GU1 1DL
Parking and Directions to the Fire Station:
Parking at the Fire station is limited to the trainers, who can park at the front of the station in the reserved parking spaces. We suggest that delegate’s park at Guildford Spectrum (Sports Centre) on Parkway GU1 1UP, which is a 15 minute walk away. Having parked at the Spectrum turn right onto Parkway, walk to the next junction, cross over the road and the fire station is on the left hand side of Ladymead.
Disabled parking is available at the Fire Station.
If the Guildford Spectrum is full then there is some road parking on the roads behind Ladymead and the Guildford Fire Station that have street parking available.
To Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP
From M25 London Orbital (Allow 20 minutes)
Exit the motorway at junction 10 (which is signposted as London S.W. / Guildford / Kingston) and follow A3 (S)
Continue on the A3 for approximately 7 miles
Leave the A3 at the A322 Guildford / Horsham / Bagshot / Aldershot exit
At the end of the slip road turn left towards Guildford and immediately left onto A25 Parkway
Continue on Parkway for half a mile, Guildford Spectrum is on the left
From A3 Northbound & Portsmouth
Follow the A3 until the Guildford (A322) exit. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit (A25)
Remain on the A25 for approximately one mile
At Stoke Junction (by fire station) continue straight onto A25 Parkway and follow for half a mile, Guildford Spectrum is on the left
From Dorking (Allow 30 minutes)
Follow the A25 towards Guildford
At Newlands Corner turn left signposted to Guildford
Turn left at next roundabout, continue to the junction of Epsom Road and Boxgrove Road
Turn right at the traffic lights to remain on the A25 - Boxgrove Road
At the roundabout take the second exit and Guildford Spectrum is on the right hand side
Parking at Guildford Spectrum
There are free spaces on the site.
There are short and long stay zoned areas in the car park (Monday - Friday). Please check that you are parked in the appropriate zone on arrival.
By Train to Guildford Fire Station:
From London Road Station (10 minute walk)
Turn right out of the station into York Road.
Turn right at the Traffic lights on to Stoke Road.
At the end of Stoke Road turn left and the Fire Station is on the left.
From Guildford Station (25 minutes walk or 5 minutes walk to bus station & short bus journey)
Turn right out of the station. Taxis are available or walk down the hill following signs to the Town Centre and Friary Bus Station.
Teas and coffees available from the adjoining kitchen and for trainers and delegates to make and clear away during the day as required.
Please bring your own lunch or there are local garages where you can pick up some snacks.
Located on the first floor with lift and disabled facilities.
Equipment provided: Projector, screen and wifi access.
Lap top required.
Trainer Joining Instructions: Guildford Fire and Rescue Service: Ladymead.
Please note the following:
There is a code for the front door of the venue which is 34722# you will need to press this in to enter.
The training room is on the first floor, if you do not have the above code you will need to buzz in; Fire staff will let you in and then you go up the stairs to the left. The training room is on the first floor, first room on the right.
Delegates will need to ring the bell to gain access and the trainer or a delegate needs to let them in using the intercom on the wall next to the door in the training room. You can talk to the person to explain how to find the room. I would delegate his task to one of the attendees who is sitting next to the buzzer.
Do remind people to park in the long stay car park at the Spectrum sports centre. (The short stay is for 4 hours only). The trainer can park at the front of the building (I asked if I could use the disabled space as the others had been taken; I could). There are also some spaces on roads behind the Fire Station. I would suggest people do not park at Ladymead shopping as they may get a parking ticket.
There is a lift and two toilets; one of the ground floor and the other a disabled toilet on the first floor. The handle on the downstairs one needs to be fully pushed down to open and is a little stiff. As there are only two toilets I would suggest people don’t leave it to the break as this will cause difficulties in terms of timings. This may be a little disruptive but you don’t want long queues!
Wifi code for I pads etc is: Surrey CC: User name surreycc password: froome1
Trainer to take white board/marker pens, flip chart paper and lap top. You can attach the projector lead and wifi to your lap top. The equipment works well.
You may need to rearrange the tables and chairs. There are more chairs in the kitchen attached to the training room. Please return them to their original positions.
Please take milk and biscuits. (Tea, coffee and sugar are available in the kitchen)
Andy Treasure is the manager of the fire service but he may not be around. If you need any help or advice re the venue do ask whoever is there but you will be left to your own devices.
There is a Burger King at Ladymead shopping area but it is very full at lunch time. There is also a garage just up the road (opposite way to the Spectrum where parking is). Delegates have been asked to bring lunch and have parking instructions.
If the tanoy is on the switch to turn it off is behind the flip chart to the left of the door as you come in midway on the wall.
Please can the trainer ensure the room is left in the condition it was at the beginning of the training.