CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Briefing for Partners - New Practice Bottom Lines and Signs of Safety Core Training released today

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

Briefing for Partners - New Practice Bottom Lines and Signs of Safety Core Training released today


Signs of Safety is our approach to social work practice with children and families in Cumbria. The methodology supports our vision that the best place for children and young people to grow up is within their families and networks where they have the potential to care for them safely, and when this is not possible, to provide a secure and stable home and help them achieve their full potential.

In order to ensure the consistency of practice across Cumbria that is both high quality and working within the Signs of Safety principles, on 1st December 2020 children’s social care introduced ‘bottom lines’ of practice. To build on this consistency of practice, today we have now introduced our new practice bottom lines when working with children and families in Cumbria.  Whilst children's social care will largely lead on these, it is critical our partners are aware of how practice will look and how you can support this to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families.

To support our vision we have produced two recorded briefings to give a comprehensive overview of Signs of Safety and how this is applied in practice. These briefings give an overview of the type of conversations, questions, and tools you can expect to see being used across the Local Authority.

These briefings can be found on the CSCP website and can also be accessed here: 

Signs of Safety Partner Briefings

Signs of Wellbeing and Success

Also released today is our Signs of Safety Core Training which we offer to our Partners. This is a blended learning programme and includes all aspects of the Signs of Safety 2 day training, but with the additional practice elements outlined in Cumbria’s practice bottom lines. Delivered solely online through narrated presentations and reflective activities, this will allow participants to access the training and move at their own pace whilst testing out what they have learned by directly applying this learning in their own practice after each session. As outlined in the training, Signs of Safety not only applies to Child Protection, but can be applied in any setting. Where you have an assessed need, and a desired outcome, Signs of Safety offers a strength based, solution focused way to work with children and families to support them in reaching their goals and achieving their aspirations.

To gain your Signs of Safety Core Training certificate you need to complete all elements of the course, however for those of you who just wish to refresh your knowledge or focus on one particular area of practice, you can simply access that specific session. 

Prior to completing the course sessions, please take some time to read the Signs of Safety Workbook and the Signs of Safety Course Material Book stored on the course page. This will give you a background to Signs of Safety and gives some background to the training.

For external Partners who have an account with us on My Learning - then please login to your account and either click on this link or search Signs of Safety – Core Training in the course search box.

For External Partners who do not have an account with us - then you will need to self-register to request an account. Details of how to do this are on the CSCP website

If you have any questions please email