Project Description

Contextual Safeguarding Across Borders is a two-year project (2021-2023) exploring the application of Contextual Safeguarding in international contexts, specifically in situations of structural, historical, and contemporary racial inequalities. In partnerships with service delivery organisations who operate in the international contexts in question, the project will explore the:

  • the relevance and usefulness of a Contextual Safeguarding in developing and supporting statutory and non-statutory responses to extra-familial forms of harm
  • how knowledge and expertise from international settings transforms, troubles or improves how Contextual Safeguarding is understood and/or practiced
  • whether Contextual Safeguarding can support the development of child protection responses that acknowledge and address structural harm

Specifically, the study will explore the feasibility of Contextual Safeguarding as an approach to support safeguarding responses to refugee and asylum young people in Europe (strand A) and indigenous young people affected by extra-familial harm in Australia (strand B). This work will draw on embedded and co-production methodologies used in other projects in the Contextual Safeguarding programme concerned with testing contextual interventions and designing structures to sustain/support those interventions. The project team will work with partners in both international contexts to map stakeholders, disseminate learning from scoping visits, deliver training and prepare partners to run a pilot contextual response to extra-familial harm. Following pilots, a roundtable will be run with all key policy makers at an international and in-country level to consider implications for future safeguarding practice.


Principal investigator: Carlene Firmin

Co-investigator: Lauren Wroe

Research Assistant: Delphine Peace

Funder: Porticus

Contact: [email protected] (Europe work) [email protected] (Australia work)