Project Description

The Contextual Safeguarding Network brings together practitioners, nationally and internationally, to share and generate knowledge on contextual approaches to safeguarding young people from violence and abuse. Network membership is currently in excess of 7000, across a wide range of sectors, e.g. children and family social care, social work, education, health, voluntary and community services.

The network promotes theory-informed practice and seeks to develop practice-informed research co-created between researchers and practitioners. We seek to accelerate the learning from piloting of contextual approaches to safeguarding, disseminating research findings, and running in-person and online trainings and events.

The network regularly produces practice and research outputs to support the development of Contextual Safeguarding approaches. It is also home to a core group of practitioners who are championing the approach in their sectors or areas around the UK.

The CS Programme is currently working to support the network to be self-sustaining by the close of 2021 – with access to sector leaders, trainers and peer supporters who are leading continued development of the approach.

Useful links:

Contextual Safeguarding Network: csnetwork.org.uk

The Implementation Toolkit shares emerging learning, resources and tips to aid Practitioners developing their own Contextual Safeguarding systems: Toolkit

A blog section provides an insight into activities and reflections from the CS Team and Network colleagues: Blog Posts

Funder: The Samworth Foundation

Contact: Angela Rogers ([email protected])