Fair-Use Policy

Use of the Signs of Safety Knowledge bank is governed by our Fair Use Policy (below). At the core of the Signs of Safety has always been a principle of "sharing what works for practitioners that are doing the work with children and families". To that end, this Fair Use Policy has been written (and continues to be evolved) to find a balance between sharing what works, and protecting the intellectual property (IP) associated with Signs of Safety. A large part of protecting that IP is about ensuring that resources on the Knowledge Bank are not changed in such a way that they could be misconstrued or misunderstood, and hence possibly lead to detrimental outcomes for children and families. Protecting this IP is also about ensuring that the Knowledge Bank platform is sustainable financially, and that the cost of a KB subscription is not unfairly heightened for some organisations by those organisations that have not purchased a subscription but are getting access to the content.

Please be aware that some parts of this policy only apply to users who have a subscription through the child welfare organisation through which they are employed. 

If you have any questions about this Fair-Use Policy, please contact us.

Acceptable uses of Knowledge Bank resources

Resources that are visible to the public (do not require a subscription) can be shared with anyone. They can only be used unaltered, with the original Signs of Safety and Knowledge Bank copyright and branding. This includes internal trainers using the resources in training within the organisation, and practice leaders and team leaders using the resources with their staff. You can identify these resources by looking in the top-right corner of the resource webpage, where you'll see a box that states “This resource is visible to trainers and consultants, subscribing organisations, and the public.”

Resources on the Knowledge Bank that are only visible to organisations with a subscription can be used within your organisation for use in group supervisions, one-on-one personal development, Learning and Development or internal trainings. The resources can only be used unaltered, with the original Signs of Safety and Knowledge Bank copyright and branding. You can identify the resources that are only visible to organisations with a subscription by looking in the top-right corner of the resource webpage, where you'll see a box that states “This resource is visible to trainers and consultants, and subscribing organisations".

Knowledge and experience gained from the Knowledge Bank can be used to generate internal training resources. Note that this does not include copying or quoting sections of existing resources.

Not acceptable uses of Knowledge Bank Resources.

Knowledge Bank resources should not be distributed or shared outside of your organisation. The exception to this are those resources that are visible to the public; you can identify these resources by looking in the top-right corner of the resource webpage, where you'll see a box that states “This resource is visible to trainers and consultants, subscribing organisations, and the public.”

Storing Knowledge Bank materials on another file-sharing platform, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Dropbox, a website or other web-based portal with the intent to make documents and other resources available to staff or the public via said file-sharing platform, website or web-based platform is strictly forbidden.

Knowledge Bank resource should not be used for commercial gain in any circumstances, including where a subscriber derives a monetary gain from the Knowledge Bank resources.

Copying, duplicating or using Knowledge Bank powerpoint slides in your own presentations

Altering case examples downloaded from the Knowledge bank in any way. 

Signs of Safety Products and Printing

A Knowledge Bank subscription is not permission to print and distribute the Signs and Safety Products. Professional printing is allowed in some situations, but only with permission from the copyright holder.

The digital download that is available on the Knowledge Bank is not intended for printing or distribution beyond your personal use. Personal use can include printing the odd page for yourself. We define ‘distribution’ as printing the whole book, or multiple copies of the product with the intent to supply, share, or train another person, even if they have a Knowledge Bank Subscription.

If you have a Knowledge Bank Subscription you can print off a couple of pages to be used digitally within your organisation or for use in group supervisions, one-on-one personal development, Learning and Development or internal trainings.

Please contact admin@signsofsafety.net for more information, print guidelines and a print-ready version.