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Signs of Safety

Purpose

The English Innovation Programme (funded by the Department for Education) is supporting ten Signs of Safety pilots across England. The Signs of Safety (SoS) pilots are being run by the consortium MTM. The evaluation being conducted by SCWRU for the SoS pilot programme is designed to answer the following questions:

1) How is SoS - a new way of working - being taken up by social workers?

2) Are outcomes for children and young people improving?

3) Is there better value for money across children’s social care?

Final Report

Baginsky, M., Moriarty, J., Manthorpe, J., Beecham, J. & Hickman, B. (2017) Evaluation of Signs of Safety in 10 pilots, London: Department for Education.

The appendices to the report are at the foot of this page.

See also: Signs of Safety Evaluation - Phase 2

Timescale

2015 – 2017

Research team

Jo Moriarty, Mary Baginsky and Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU), Jenny Beecham (London School of Economics), Ben Hickman (Freelance researcher)

Funding 

MTM / Department for Education (DfE)

Methods

The components of the methodology were tied to the outcomes required by the DfE: Interviews were conducted with up to 300 families (adults and children) at two points in time, six months apart, in the 10 local authority sites. We collected data from children, young people and parents in face to face interviews, used a number of standardised measures. Analysis of large data sets was also part of this work. Social workers helped by completing time diaries to help us examine the way work time was used by front-line staff in the SoS pilots. Social workers also participated in focus groups and interviews, as well as surveys.

Findings

The project began in 2015 and a report was submitted to MTM and DfE in November 2016. The report was published 6 July 2017.

Outputs

Final Report

Baginsky, M., Moriarty, J., Manthorpe, J., Beecham, J. & Hickman, B. (2017) Evaluation of Signs of Safety in 10 pilots, London: Department for Education.

Appendices to the project report

Appendix A: Theory of change

Appendix B: 10 pilot local authorities

Appendix C: Methodology and analysis

Appendix D: Instruments used

Appendix E: Profiling responses

Appendix F:  Background data on social workers working with families in the study

Appendix G: Profile of families in the study and details of their contact with children’s social care

Appendix H: Data linked with interviews with parents

Appendix I: Standardised measures

Appendix J: Summary table from case record analysis

Appendix K: Data tables and sources

Chapter

Baginsky, M., Moriarty, J. & Manthorpe, J. (2017) 'Signs of Safety: an evaluation across ten areas in England', in Cinali, C., Ma, J. and Vecchiato, T. (eds), New Perspectives for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services, Padova: Fondazione Emmanuela Zancan.

Conference papers

Moriarty, J., Baginsky, M., Manthorpe, J., Beecham, J. & Hickman, B. (2017) 'Signs of Safety: 10 pilots, 10 lessons', Wandsworth Social Work Conference, Wandsworth, 7 September.

Baginsky, M., Moriarty, J. & Manthorpe, J. (2017) 'Signs of Safety: an evaluation across ten areas in England', International Conference on New Perspectives for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children’s Services, Hong Kong, 7 September. [See related blog post]

Moriarty, J., Baginsky, M., Manthorpe, J., Beecham, J., Hickman, B. (2017) ‘Time well spent? How social workers in child protection spend their time', 7th European Conference for Social Work Research, Aalborg, 21 April.

Baginsky, M., Moriarty, J. & Manthorpe, J. (2017) ‘Conducting a multi-site complex evaluation: making sure the methodology survives the seismic  wave of reality’, 6th European Conference for Social Work Research, Lisbon, 31 March.

Moriarty, J., Baginsky, M. & Manthorpe, J. (2016) 'Gaining the views of vulnerable families: effective engagement with families and their social workers', 6th European Conference for Social Work Research, Lisbon, 31 March.

Impact

This is an important evaluation of an innovation in children’s services and the findings will be shared with policymakers and child welfare stakeholders.

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