The Contextual Safeguarding team at the International Centre (IC) are working with colleagues from the London Borough of Hackney to implement contextual safeguarding, using the IC model of contextual safeguarding.
This exciting new project, funded by the Department for Education Innovation Fund, will run for two years. Through the process of systematic change, contextual safeguarding will be fully implemented across Hackney Children and Young People’s Services by the end of the second year, enabling the borough to effectively and innovatively safeguard children and adolescents beyond the home.
Hackney will be working closely with the contextual safeguarding network throughout the project to share learning with network members. For members of the Contextual Safeguarding network, the project will provide excellent learning and insight into contextual safeguarding in practice for practitioners and local authorities across the country.
Hackney will also be building on the wealth of knowledge and expertise across the membership. We are therefore gathering examples of great practice and key insights contextual practice being carried out. This is an excellent opportunity to share good practice that will be fed into work in Hackney. If you have an example or contextual approach you would like to share please get in touch (e: email@example.com).
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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.
Posted: Wed Aug, 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
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
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
For any further questions about the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This case study exercise is a composite case study used to support practitioners to think through putting contextual safeguarding theory into practice. Here we include background information, guidance for practitioners and key resources for delivery.