“I don't have a response for the cases that come to me where there are life or limb gang issues or street violence stuff but there are no concerns about parenting. From a children’s social care point of view, our bread and butter is bad parents, let’s be honest. It’s parents who don't know what they're doing, aren’t coping, not able to manage their children. […] for children’s social care, there are no processes in place where parenting is not the issue. So if the gang violence, sexual exploitation for instance is the main issue, then it’s very difficult to put a process in place.” (Practitioner)
“I sit on MASE but for me if I hadn't been there then I wouldn't have known half of the information about different addresses of people, locations that we may need to be aware of or they may want to glean more information on. Because the one thing we don’t have we don’t have systems that talk to each other properly […] I just want to make sure we don’t lose that, because to me MASE has been really, really good.” (Practitioner)
“I don't feel safe because in our school you can buzz in, it doesn't matter who you are, they will still let you in. So I don't feel safe in my school because say if someone has a gun or whatever, they can buzz in the school and they will still let them in. So I don't feel safe.” (Young person)
“I wondered if there is anything you think is important to say that you’d like them [members of the local authority] to hear?
“I’d say to them, make the youth club open every day, because it keeps you… lets you do something that you want to do, you're just going to stay home, just watch TV, it actually makes you work in that kind of way.” (Young person)
This podcast outlines key steps and considerations for practitioners preparing to carry out focus groups with young people.
These resources support practitioners to carry out focus groups. This could be as part of a Contextual Safeguarding audit or a contextual assessment.