MsUnderstood is a partnership between the University of Bedfordshire, Imkaan, and the Girls against Gangs project to develop local and national responses to peer-on-peer abuse.
The partnership has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Trust for London and the Samworth Foundation to develop safeguarding practice and policy in 11 local multi-agency partnerships across England. The work is being led by Carlene Firmin
The project will be delivering in-depth support in Barnet, Buckinghamshire, Camden, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth and Sheffield until May 2016. The project team have also used the findings of site work to provide training and strategic advice to professionals in 54 local authorities across England as concerns regarding abuse between young people have increased over the past three years.
Findings from the project have influenced the development of Pan-London and national policy, and are being used to develop theories of contextual safeguarding and adolescent child protection.
Outputs generated by the project, including practitioners briefings, and details of the works programmes being delivered in each site can be found on the project website MsUnderstood Partnership or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The project has
produced a number of publications including consultation responses and
briefings - they are all on the project website www.msunderstood.org.uk
Thesis: Peer on peer abuse: safeguarding implications of contextualising abuse between young people within social fields