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New podcast: Dez Holmes (Research in Practice) speaks on developmental considerations for safeguarding adolescents

Posted: Wed Jan, 2018

Author: Jenny Lloyd

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Today the Contextual Safeguarding Network has launched a new podcast in conversation with Dez Holmes (Research in Practice), who speaks on the need for developmental considerations for safeguarding adolescents.

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Contextual Safeguarding in 2018: What's ahead?

Posted: Wed Jan, 2018

Author: Ruth Atkinson

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Happy New Year from the Contextual Safeguarding Network! As 2018 kicks off, the Contextual Safeguarding team outline key things on the horizon for the network, plus ways for members get involved. 

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Contextual Safeguarding in new government guidance for schools

Posted: Wed Dec, 2017

Author: Ruth Atkinson

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The Department of Education have published a new guidance document, ‘Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges’, which includes a section on Contextual Safeguarding. In this blog Ruth Atkinson (The International Center: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking) reflects on the importance of this step , as well as flagging additional key considerations and resources for practitioners. 

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Contextual Safeguarding consultation response: Working Together

Posted: Wed Dec, 2017

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The Contextual Safeguarding team have submitted their response to the Working Together consultation. The response has been published on the website and can be accessed by members of the network. 

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Child-adult transitional services: current gaps and suggested pathways

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

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In this blog Rachel Searcey from Loughborough University highlights the need for child-adult transitional services for people who have been sexually exploited. The blog evidences current gaps and limitations in age bound services, before outlining suggested pathways for service development and delivery.

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The individual and group characteristics of young people who sexually harm in groups

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

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The Contextual Safeguarding Team have published a new briefing outlining the contextual profiles of young people who display harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) in groups and/or on their own. The briefing provides an important contribution towards understanding of HSB and developing contextual safeguarding practices. In this blog the Contextual Safeguarding Team highlight key findings from the briefing, outlining differences and similarities between the contextual profiles and presenting the implications for practice and service development. 

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Contextual Safeguarding in Working Together

Posted: Thu Nov, 2017

Author: Jenny Lloyd

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The revised statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ was published this week and is out for consultation. The Contextual Safeguarding team are delighted to see that the revised version includes a chapter on Contextual Safeguarding, and urge members of the network to respond to the consultation. In this blog, Jenny Lloyd (The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking) reflects on the importance of this step and it's implications for practice, as well as flagging key resources available via the Contextual Safeguarding Network that can support practitioners to respond to the consultation.

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New learning project launched: Holistic approaches to safeguarding adolescents

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

Author: Ruth Atkinson

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The Contextual Safeguarding Network have now launched their Third Learning Project on holistic approaches to safeguarding adolescents. Members of the Contextual Safeguarding Network are invited to take part in the project via this link.

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“You are caring about me, I’m caring about you”: The benefits of connecting parents and carers of young people at risk

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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In this latest blog, Rachael Owens from the Contextual Safeguarding Team in Hackney reflects on a recent Hackney Children and Families Services initiative designed to safeguard a peer group of young women through group work. Rachael shares a conversation held with one member of the parents and carers group, capturing the impact of this approach and presenting key learning for practice and for the Contextual Safeguarding team to consider going forwards. 

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Young researchers’ views on what peer support for young people affected by sexual violence should look like

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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As part of the Our Voices Too project, The International Centre are carrying out research to identify the use and impact of peer support models designed for young people who have experienced sexual violence. In this blog Delphine Girma (The International Centre) outlines the key aspects of peer support identified in a consultation held with the International Centre’s Young Researchers’ Advisory Panel (YRAP).  

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Panorama – When kids abuse kids

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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In this blog Jenny Lloyd (The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking) reflects on the recent BBC Panorama episode on peer-on-peer abuse. Jenny highlights the links between what is portrayed in the programme and key findings from The International Centre's contextual safeguarding research, outlining the need for a response that protects all young people and considers the spaces where harm takes place. 

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“She doesn’t have to get in the car…”: Exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls as agents and choice-makers.

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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Following her presentation at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference, Dr Sarah Lloyd (University of Huddersfield) outlines the context, key findings and implications from her research exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls as agents and choice-makers. Her full presentation delivered at the conference has now been published on contextual safeguarding website. 

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Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference: Approaches to safeguarding beyond the home

Posted: Wed Sep, 2017

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In this latest blog Jenny Lloyd (The International Center: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking) outlines the key themes arising at the Royal Geographical Annual Conference, which this year focused on ‘Contextual safeguarding: Approaches to exploitation and abuse of children and young people beyond the home’. Jenny reflects on the event to share learning from the day and to highlight considerations for improving and strengthening practice.

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Hindsight to insight: Deploying predictive analytics to safeguard

Posted: Wed Sep, 2017

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This blog outlines how Bristol uses a central database to enable a strategic understanding of the issues and risks experienced by Bristol's citizens. By enabling effective information sharing across services, the Think Family database allows practitioners to run predictive analytics to inform decision making,implement interventions and allocate resources.  

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Implementing a Contextual Safeguarding Framework in Hackney

Posted: Wed Aug, 2017

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This week we feature a guest blog from Soulmaz Bashirinia. Soulmaz is a Service Manager in Hackney Children and Families Services who are working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire to implement a contextual safeguarding framework to work with vulnerable adolescents. In this article she  gives an overview of the project and shares initial learning.

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Taking a contextual approach to preventing Child Sexual Exploitation in West Sussex

Posted: Wed Jun, 2017

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Claire Clilverd (Lead of the prevention and identification strand of the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board’s Exploitation Strategy) outlines how West Sussex has developed a contextual approach to Child Sexual Exploitation. Claire reflects on the key steps taken and progress made by West Sussex, who has worked closely with communities and local industry to strengthen their contextual safeguarding processes, as well as key learning from their journey. 

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Launch of the Contextual Safeguarding Audit Toolkit

Posted: Tue Jan, 2017

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Dr Jenny Lloyd introduces a new resource available for local areas to understand and develop responses to peer-on-peer abuse

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Involving Schools in the Response to Peer-on-Peer Abuse

Posted: Fri Dec, 2016

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The Resesearch Team has published two new resources on involving schools in the response to peer-on-peer abuse.

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What are young people thinking? – Oldham’s Efforts to Combat Peer-on-Peer Abuse

Posted: Tue Nov, 2016

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Catherine Lawler (LSCB Training Consultant) writes about ongoing work in Oldham to understand and respond to young people’s views on sex, gender, respect and consent.  She discusses how professionals elicited young people’s perspectives through questionnaires.  She also writes about ongoing work to embed lessons from research into PSHE curriculum.

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Margate Task Force: Pioneering early intervention approaches for vulnerable young people

Posted: Thu Oct, 2016

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In this post, Police Inspector Mark Pearson writes about the early intervention efforts of the Margate Task Force.  He discusses contextual approaches to safeguarding, such as geo-mapping, peer group analysis and profiling.  He also writes about multi-agency working through Family Support Panels and ‘Gangs – Need to Know’ sessions.

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Contextual Safeguarding Network Launch

Posted: Sun Sep, 2016

Author: Danielle Fritz

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Danielle Fritz, member of the Contextual Safeguarding Research Team, writes about the launch of the Network and what to expect over the next year.

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