Developing contextual responses to the abuse and exploitation of young people

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In this blog, Deanna Neilson (Action for Children) explains how Action for Children’s Employability team in Scotland is currently redesigning its risk assessment process, in consultation with young people. The team is integrating contextual safeguarding approaches to address risks in various contexts of young people’s lives and empower them to become change agents in those harmful contexts.

Posted: Wed Apr, 2018

Sue Rayment-McHugh and Dimity Adams (Griffith University, Australia) share with us the contextual prevention work they have been leading in Northern Australia, as part of the Griffith Neighbourhoods Projects, in which contextual interventions were used to prevent peer-on-peer abuse in two communities. There are some very interesting parallels with our contextual safeguarding work here in the UK. 

Posted: Wed Apr, 2018

In this new blog Emma Greenwood, a Prevention Officer on the National Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Programme, talks about the need to adopt a contextual safeguarding approach to prevention in relation to county lines and target situations or places where children may be criminally exploited or present through the course of their abuse, engaging communities, professionals and families.

Posted: Wed Apr, 2018

In this new podcast Simone Nyarko (Hackney Council) talks about a safety mapping exercise that can be used for safety planning with children, families and networks. This podcast supports the exercise guidance document.

Posted: Wed Mar, 2018

In this blog Lauren Page-Hammick from Safer London talks about The Safer London CSE Safeguarding in Public Spaces Pilot, co-delivered with Peer Advisors, to hear about young people's views and experiences of their safety in three major shopping centres in London. The pilot is applicable to a range of community settings. Lauren also shares research and a toolkit developed by Safer London to support professionals in public spaces to safeguard young people.

Posted: Wed Mar, 2018

In this podcast Shaba Dachi provides an overview for practitioners on when, why and how to carry out a Contextual Safeguarding Case Consultation. Shaba also shares key learning from the process to support practitioners to implement. This podcast supports the case consultation guidance document.

Posted: Wed Mar, 2018

We welcome Delphine Girma who is replacing Ruth Atkinson as Research Assistant on the Hackney project. Delphine joined the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking in July 2017 and previously worked in the voluntary sector.

Posted: Wed Mar, 2018

The Contextual Safeguarding Team are pleased to announce the launch of a range of resources for schools to tackle harmful sexual behaviour in schools.

Posted: Tue Feb, 2018

The Contextual Safeguarding Network and the Our Voices project have published a new podcast, in conversation with Abi Billighurst (Abianda). In this podcast, Abi discusses Abianda's use of participatory methods, reflecting on the importance of these methods for Contextual Safeguarding in the Voluntary Sector. 

Posted: Wed Feb, 2018

In this latest blog, Simone Nyarko (Consultant Social Worker) provides a brief update on the progress made in the Contextual Safeguarding work and developments in Hackney.

Posted: Wed Feb, 2018

The Contextual Safeguarding Network have published a new podcast in conversation with Jahnine Davis (Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse). In the podcast, Jahnine discusses practice development for working with marginalised groups and developing trauma informed responses. 

Posted: Tue Jan, 2018

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.

Posted: Wed Jan, 2018

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. 

Posted: Wed Jan, 2018

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. 

Posted: Wed Dec, 2017

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. 

Posted: Wed Dec, 2017

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.

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

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. 

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

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.

Posted: Thu Nov, 2017

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.

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

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. 

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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).  

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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. 

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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. 

Posted: Wed Oct, 2017

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.

Posted: Wed Sep, 2017

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.  

Posted: Wed Sep, 2017

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.

Posted: Wed Aug, 2017

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. 

Posted: Wed Jun, 2017

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

Posted: Tue Jan, 2017

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

Posted: Fri Dec, 2016

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.

Posted: Tue Nov, 2016

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.

Posted: Thu Oct, 2016

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

Posted: Sun Sep, 2016

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