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Holistic approaches to safeguarding vulnerable adolescents

This join event from Contextual Safeguarding Network and London Safeguarding Adolescents Board (LSAG) will focus on holistic approaches to safeguarding adolescents. The event launches the network's third learning project and will provide an opportunity for colleagues to hear from leading speakers, engage in discussion, and find out the latest research findings around the topic and best practice. 

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Holistic approaches to safeguarding vulnerable adolescents

Contextual Safeguarding of Children and Young People

In this seminar, Dr Carlene Firmin and her wider research team will introduce: the concept of contextual safeguarding; the evidence upon which it has been built; and the practices, resources and recommendations that have been co-designed with practitioners who have been adopting contextual approaches to safeguarding young people across England over the past three years. 

Attendance is free for members of Making Research Count at the University of Bedfordshire and King's College London. Due to the capacity of the venue for this event, places are limited to two per agency and you will need to book by the 24th January 2017.  Local authority bookings must be made through your agency's Learning and Development Department. For all other bookings, please contact the MRC Events Manager at University of Bedfordshire, Cara Senouni via mrc@beds.ac.uk


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Auditing Local Responses to Peer-on-Peer Abuse

Since 2013 the University of Bedfordshire, via the MsUnderstood Partnership, has been auditing local responses to peer-on-peer abuse to support the development of contextual and holistic policy and practice.  During 2016 we were funded by MOPAC to develop and online toolkit to facilitate ongoing self-auditing and practice development in local areas.  On 23 January and 16 February 2017, from 10.00-13.00 we are running two training sessions on the audit toolkit alongside professionals who have participated in the audit process.


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Second Network event: Group-based abuse and exploitation

On 25 January 2017, from 10.00-14.00, we will hold the second Network event in the London Borough of Southwark.  This event will focus on approaches to assessing and responding to group-based abuse and exploitation. Practitioners will share how they are incorporating peer group influence into their responses to peer-on-peer abuse. Members of the research team will share some of the research evidence upon which these approaches are built

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Second Network event: Group-based abuse and exploitation

Network Launch Event

Location: Central London

On 26 September 2016, we held the first Contextual Safeguarding Network launch event in central London. During the event, members of the research team co-presented with practitioners on how to use resourced created through the MsUnderstood Partnership (MSU).  We discussed peer group information capture forms, techniques for profiling patterns of abuse and exploitation, the role of detached youth provision in creating safety for young people in public spaces, and working with Fair Access Panels to involve schools in the response to peer-on-peer abuse.  If you would like copies of the slides from the event, please contact: Danielle.Fritz@beds.ac.uk

Here is what attendees said about the event:

It was so interesting to hear of the work going on elsewhere that will help to strengthen our practice further and there are certainly contacts I will follow up.

The shared practice in different areas was really valuable and it helped me think more broadly about how to apply the concepts of contextual safeguarding.

I will be taking learning back to my Local Authority.

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