Our Mission

Elia works with organisations and communities anywhere in the world entrusted with the care of the most vulnerable children, to equip them to do everything possible to place the responsibility for the child’s safety and healing with the parents, children and everyone naturally connected to the family.

Wherever possible, Elia supports organisations and communities working with other vulnerable people to use our approaches to enable their work to be more participatory. 


Anywhere in the world

Elia is committed to making Signs of Safety and our ideas available to any organisation or community that wants it, regardless of where they are in the world, what language they speak, or if they are in a developed or under-developed country.

Elia has begun a translation program to make our work and many key Signs of Safety resources available in languages other than English. As an initial step, this website is available in four languages: Swedish, Dutch, Japanese and English. We plan to add more languages in the future.

Elia and our membership currently have projects across Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Cambodia, United Kingdom, USA and Ireland. 


Safety and Healing

Safety without healing is temporary.
— Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Creator
Healing happens in the network.
— Andrew Turnell, Signs of Safety Co-creator

While the initial, and critical focus of most child protection work is to keep the child safe, Elia aims to assist organisations to go further and help the children heal through naturally connected networks.



Elia is committed to providing organisations with fit-for-purpose, practical tools for both organisational change and child protection practice that work in their context.


Most vulnerable children

When we have limited resources or have to choose between projects, Elia will prioritise the projects that will help the most vulnerable children.


Supports organisations and communities working with other vulnerable people

There is significant overlap in the tools that are useful for working with vulnerable children and those for working with other vulnerable individuals. Elia will prioritise our resources towards projects that involve vulnerable children but will share our ideas and support those working with other vulnerable people wherever possible.