Parents & Carers

Child Protection Conferences

"Signs of Safety" approach to child protection

​​​​Kingston and Richmond Local Safeguarding Children's Board and its partners has adopted the "Signs of Safety" (SoS) approach to working with families where there are concerns about children's safety.


This approach aims to work with the strengths and resources that exist within families to build safety for children who have suffered, or are at risk of suffering, significant harm of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

The SoS approach considers information about the child and their family across a number of areas, for example:

  • Why are we worried about this child?
  • What are the dangers / risks?
  • What are the complicating factors or grey areas?
  • What is working well in terms of existing strengths?
  • What is working well in terms of existing safety measures that are in place?
  • How worried are we on a scale of 0 to 10?
  • What outcomes (or goals) do we need to have to build safety for the child?
  • What needs to happen to make the necessary changes to achieve this outcome?

A number of tools and resources have been developed including:

  • Multi agency Conference report form
  • Guidance for schools

Professionals from partner agencies who need to submit a multi agency report for a scheduled child protection conference should do so using the secure AfC email addresses: or

All other general enquiries regarding arrangements for child protection conferences should be made to: 


Information and resoures on child protection conferences: