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What is Signs of Safety?

Signs of Safety is a new way of working with all children and families in Tameside. Tameside believes that Signs of Safety will help us to find out what is already working well for your child and your family to help sort out the worries. Signs of Safety will help professionals develop open and honest relationships with you so that you are clear about what people are worried about and supported to sort out the worries with the people who are most important to you.

Using Signs of Safety, Tameside hopes:

  • To find a way for children and young people to be safe and happy living together with their families.
  • To support and empower families to solve their own problems and make their own plans, helping families think through the problems and who could help them
  • To treat parents/carers with respect, working hard to find out what is already working well for the child and in their family. We will always be honest about what we are worried about and what we want to see change.
  • To develop open and honest relationships with the child and family so that they feel that they can talk openly with their worker and trust them. We believe relationships are important and we will work hard to make sure whoever is involved really gets to know the child and the family they are working with. 
  • To work closely with the people who children and families already have around them and who are important to them.  We believe that the relationships children and families already have with people around them (family and friends) are really important and we will work hard with them to improve things and try to sort out the worries.
  • When we think it is not safe for children to live at home we will do everything we can for the child/children to be looked after by people they know and trust.  We will work hard with parents and carers for children to return home when it is safe.
  • To do everything possible to keep children connected to the people they have told us are important to them.
  • To provide every child with an explanation of why people are worried - to help them understand what has happened to them.

How will Signs of Safety work?

  1. Signs of Safety will help find out who is important to you and is good at helping with problems. This is called a safety or support network.
  2. Signs of Safety will help find out about all the good things about you and your family. This is called a strengths based approach
  3. It will help find out how you are feeling. You might be asked to think of a number to show how you feel. This is called scaling.
  4. It will help explain what the worries are to you. This is called words and pictures.
  5. It will help you and your support people come up with a plan which shows professionals how the problems or worries will be sorted out. This is called a plan.

Please click on the buttons below to view the Signs of Safety Leaflet and Children’s posters.


We would love to hear what you think about Signs of Safety.
Telephone 07812107783 or email
What to do if you are worried about a child

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If you think a child is being abused, mistreated, or you have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, your phone call is important as it could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

During office hours, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 342 4101.
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Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4pm
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