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Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board has adopted Signs of Safety as the basis of work with
children across all partner agencies engaged in providing services for children in Norfolk.
‘Signs of Safety’ is a way to assess risk and find solutions. It uses four simple questions to
ask when thinking about and working with a family.


The questions below provide a focus to a conversation that should be inclusive, balanced
and well-evidenced from the experience of practitioners working with children and their
families and knowing them well. It also provides a sound base for managers and
safeguarding leads to ensure consistent assessment and decision making through
supervision and management oversight.

  • What are we worried about?
  • What’s working well?
  • What needs to happen?
  • How worried are we on a scale of 0 – 10.