Project Description

Training can play a critical role in building workforce capacity to adopt a Contextual Safeguarding approach. In particular it is a helpful lever for: developing a shared language for how to respond to extra-familial harm; communicating a vision for how an area safeguards young people, and; informing your colleagues about what the approach for their local area and practice framework. As Contextual Safeguarding is an approach and not a model, training can help practitioners to understand how the framework is being applied in your local teams and services, and any changes that are being made to the way you work as a result.

As the founders of the Contextual Safeguarding Framework, our team at University of Bedfordshire receives numerous requests for resources to support strategic leaders, managers and frontline practitioners to develop their understanding of Contextual Safeguarding and consider the implications for their practice or sector. The Contextual Safeguarding Team offer a variety of resources to support this understanding and the implementation of the Contextual Safeguarding approach across a range of sectors.

Training Resources are offered in four distinct formats:

  1. Free resources on our Contextual Safeguarding Practitioner’s Network
  2. Commissioned foundation training
  3. Credit-bearing MA short courses and units
  4. Keynote speeches and panel participation at external events.

Pre-recorded webinars, Toolkits and Practice Guides

Wherever possible we generate learning resources that are freely shared via our Contextual Safeguarding Practitioners Network. These resources support organisations who wish to develop the capacity of their workforce to understand and adopt a Contextual Safeguarding approach without additional commissioned training. On the network you can access a range of bite-size pre-recorded webinars, animations, infographics, practice guides, toolkits and podcasts that facilitate learning. They can all be accessed at   

Commissioned Foundation Training

We work with a team of training associates to deliver introductory training sessions on Contextual Safeguarding. We offer 90 minute, half-day and full-day introductory sessions and have delivered this content to multi-agency, children’s social care, youth justice, sports, youth work and voluntary sector organisations. For further information on costs and availability please contact [email protected]

Credit-bearing MA short courses and research seminars

At the University of Bedfordshire we offer a credit-bearing five day short course on Contextual Safeguarding. This can be commissioned into local authorities for delivery to 25 participants over an academic term. From 2021-22 onwards we will be delivering this at the university in Luton so that local areas can spot purchase places for individual team members who require an advanced and in-depth understanding of the approach. For enquires relates to our MA courses please contact [email protected]

We also run a range of research seminars and webinars on an annual basis to disseminate learning from our research programme. Please follow us on Twitter @C_SNetwork or join the Contextual Safeguarding Network

Participation in external events

Members of the Contextual Safeguarding team can be booked to participate in a range of external events to deliver keynote speeches, participate in roundtable discussions, or deliver strategic briefings to senior leaders. To book a team member for your event please email the details to [email protected]