Shoba Manro Holly
Shoba Manro Holly is an experienced social worker with skills in establishing integration between service partners through relationship development and training. In working for CSIP and SWDC she supported the PCT and partners in developing integrated pathways for perinatal and infant mental health through transformational change. Focusing on the voice of the service users and facilitating shared outcomes through shared values and interconnections she was able to cross professional boundaries generally and specifically within Health and Social Work sectors. She has been a qualified social work practitioner since 1998; working in child protection, looked after children both as a practitioner and as a manager. She has held many management / development consultant positions, within Children’s services, Health, Education, and Community Development, and has in depth experience in the development and management of integrated CAMHS and other multi-disciplinary and cross sector services.
Shoba has recently completed the Signs of Safety 5 day residential training with Andrew Turnell and Viv Hogg. She is presently using the concepts as an Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Chair. Next year Shoba will go to Australia to further develop her skills in using Signs of Safety.
The child protection system in England is in crisis.... unfortunately the current hierarchical system often results in blame being apportioned to individuals rather than a systemic review of systems. Professionals need empowerment with skills in order to provide relationship centered care in a very challenging job. Signs of Safety is a tool or output that can enable us all by providing these skills.
Shoba and Sarah both believe that Signs of Safety is the way forward for safeguarding and child protection work and for improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in the UK. They are both struck by how it is a 'way of being' for a practitioner. In other words Signs Of Safety tackles the cultural shift necessary for us all to practice relationship centered care. There are many models that come and go - Signs of Safety is about showing respect and dignity to families going through very truamatic times and working in partnership with them.
Shoba and Sarah have come across professionals crictising Signs of Safety as not working for the most entrenched families and veering towards idealism or being over optimistic. Yet with the work Shoba has done families have apprciated being told the bottom line despite it often being very painful. They have appreciated knowing what needs to change. Relationship and scaling questions are very powerful in enabling famlies' understanding of their situations.
Shoba would recomend any practitioner from any agency and profession go to any gathering or training being offered.