Consultancy and Review Services

Providing services that places children at the heart of what they do is key to our own values and principles and is why we are committed and driven to supporting learning and development in services. Reviewing services is a feature of our work which is underpinned by legislative and best practice guidance.

We offer the following review services:

  • Regulation 44 Visits - working to support residential children's homes to deliver the best standard of care
  • Lead Authors - undertaking case reviews following the death of a child or where significant harm has taken place
  • Service Reviews - which aspire to deliver change through the implementation of improvement boards and the delivery of action plans
  • Reviews of Procedures - to support improvements in the operational governance of organisations
  • Undertaking Investigations – Providing investigators to review allegations or complaints made by children, staff, carers , key stakeholders or members of the public
  • Safer Schools audits – Providing schools with a Quality Assurance service to improve practice
  • Inspection preparation – Delivering a plan of required action to improve practice and deliver better outcomes for children living in residential or foster care
  • Missing from care interviews – working to deliver a service directly to children 

Scroll down for more details about each of these services or contact us for more information.

Regulation 44 Visits

We have been providing Regulation 44 visitors for over 10 years and currently have a team of professionals delivering this service across the UK.

The management team at the Signis Group have had extensive experience of working in residential children’s homes, have been registered managers and registered individuals and therefore are very familiar with the regulations, the inspection process and how to deliver services which work to improve the life chances and outcomes for children in care.

Lead Authors 

Lead Authors will review cases where there is a need for learning or in the context of a serious case review. The author will use an approach which is rooted in a systems methodology with the review being considered upon its own individual circumstances and the system focusing on the requirements of the case. Our authors will ensure that all key stakeholders involved within the review will be approached with respect and dignity and without fear of being blamed. Learning from the review is key to improving practice and our authors remain focused on identifying key themes and addressing the opportunity for change.   

Service Reviews 

Our service review team will provide consultation on how identified areas for improvement can be addressed and how change can be implemented. We can provide implementation boards and plans to underpin a systematic process of change and deliver services to improve leadership and practice and achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children and adults 

Reviews of Procedures 

We have a team of expert lead consultants who can work with children and adults services, safeguarding boards, residential and fostering agencies to assess compliance with legislative policies and provide both procedures and practice guidance. As a customer you will receive alerts to new legislation and newsletters which include relevant practice guidance. 

Undertaking Investigations 

We can provide independent investigators to review allegations, complaints or concerns. Our team of investigators are highly experienced and from a range of settings including children’s and adult services, residential care, fostering and HR services.

Safer Schools audits 

Our safer school audits are provided to schools across the UK and can be delivered to meet the specific needs of the individual school. The overall objective of this service is to consider the effectiveness of the safeguarding practices within the school. 

Inspection preparation 

Our team of experts in this field will provide highly regulated services with support and action to improve and sustain leadership and practice and achieve better outcomes for children and young people. Our ability to provide improvement boards and implement improvement plans has resulted in safer practice and reduced risks to children. The level of support that we can offer does achieve better grades in inspections and improves the governance of the organisation, allowing the leaders to learn from the process and continue this practice when we have completed our work. 

Missing from care interviews 

Our Children’s Service can provide experienced workers to undertake interviews with children who have been missing from care. The level of independence will provide an opportunity to look at each episode individually and within the context of the history of the individual child. Any patterns emerging and any concerns regarding CSE, risk of grooming, inappropriate peer relationships, bullying or any other concerns will be reported immediately after the interview.