Contextual Safeguarding Programme
- The Contextual Safeguarding team, supported by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, have created a range of resources for schools, multi-agency partnerships and inspectorates for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools. Beyond referrals: levers for addressing harmful sexual behaviour in schools.
- The International Centre are working with Hackney Council to implement a Contextual Safeguarding framework to strengthen safeguarding response to vulnerable children and young people.
- The Contextual Safeguarding Practitioners’ Network: The Contextual Safeguarding Network brings together hundreds of practitioners to share and generate knowledge on contextual approaches to safeguarding children. The network is free to join and can be accessed at www.contextualsafeguarding.org.uk
- The London Safeguarding Adolescents Steering Group: Creating contextual policy through targeted programmes of work with inspectorates, commissioners, safeguarding boards and Pan-London decision-makers to ensure policy frameworks facilitate contextual practice.
- Harmful sexual behaviour in groups: The individual and contextual characteristics of young people who sexually harm in groups. A briefing on the findings from a study in four London boroughs
- The MsUnderstood Partnership: supporting local areas to develop responses to peer-on-peer abuse using contextual methodologies since 2013. The final report can be be accessed here [PDF]
- Contextual Safeguarding Audit Toolkit: A free audit toolkit for reviewing operational and strategic responses to peer-on-peer abuse within multi-agency partnerships.
- Contextual Case Reviews: a methodology to review the extent which services are equipped to recognise and engage with extra-familial risks when safeguarding young people.
The Contextual Safeguarding programme has received funding from the Department for Education, Trust for London, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Samworth Foundation.
For queries about this programme, please contact Dr Carlene Firmin at firstname.lastname@example.org