This briefing draws upon a range of legal and regulatory tools – including the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010 – to propose an existing legal framework for Contextual Safeguarding. It was developed by Dr Carlene Firmin from the University of Bedfordshire and Adele Eastman from Farrer and Co in partnership with a range of child protection legal, policy and practice experts following a legal roundtable held in 2018. As policy/legislation is revised this briefing will be updated. The legal briefing is available as a PDF below.

Author: Carlene Firmin and Adele Eastman with Ian Wise QC, Elizabeth Proschaka and with contributions from Dez Holmes, Professor Jenny Pearce and Sarah Wright