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Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding and responding to young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse.

Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships. Therefore practitioners need to engage with individuals and sectors who do have influence over/within extra- familial contexts, and recognise that assessment of, and intervention with, these are a critical part of safeguarding practices.

Contextual Safeguarding expands the objectives of the child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts.

7 Minute Briefing: Contextual Safeguarding

For further information visit: https://contextualsafeguarding.org.uk/

You may also find this short video useful: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V0lE-XENewM

Useful website for young people: www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/

This website contains information about healthy relationships and consent, rape and porn.  It can be a useful website to explore when discussing healthy relationships with young people.

Fearless is a site where young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. It provides a safe place to give information to them about crime - 100% anonymously. With a similar concept to CrimeStoppers, young people can make a report without giving personal information.  Obviously, if you have concerns about a young person you should always consider your safeguarding duty.  The hope is that practitioners will be able to make young people aware of this website so they may be able to raise concerns that would otherwise have remained undisclosed.