As children move into adolescence they begin to spend more time away from parental supervision with their peers, at school, in community and online contexts. In addition to many positive experiences, time spent in those spaces can increase their exposure to exploitation and other forms of abuse. Parents have little influence over these extra-familial contexts and traditional child protection systems have struggled to effectively respond to keep young people safe when using approaches that largely intervene with families affected by these issues – rather than tackling the contexts that exploitation is occurring within.
Having developed the concept of Contextual Safeguarding to address these issues, the University of Bedfordshire has received an increased demand 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 all sectors.
Training Resources are offered in three distinct formats: practice toolkits and tools, commissioned training and events.
Practice Toolkits and Tools
When developing your own training on Contextual Safeguarding there are a wealth of practice tools that can be accessed to assist with content design and interactive sessions. Resources include
- An Audit Toolkit. For organisations considering adopting the Contextual Safeguarding approach, this is a designed to be a helpful starting point: https://www.csnetwork.org.uk/en/publications/audit-toolkit-1
- An Implementation Toolkit which shares emerging learning, resources and tips, helpful for areas that are developing their own Contextual Safeguarding systems: https://www.csnetwork.org.uk/toolkit
- The peer group assessment and mapping tool provides opportunities for practitioners to understand the relationships between young people and the dynamics of those groups: https://www.csnetwork.org.uk/en/publications/peer-group-assessment-and-mapping
- Safety mapping helps practitioners to understand young people’s experiences of places they feel are safe and unsafe and supports practitioners to create a safety plan with young people: https://www.csnetwork.org.uk/en/publications/safety-mapping
All resources can be accessed via the Contextual Safeguarding Network
Events and Commissioned Training
The Contextual Safeguarding team offer a variety of commissioned events including keynotes, roundtable discussions, strategic briefings, full and half-day training courses and a 5-day 15-credit MA short course. The team are also able to work with key sectors to develop bespoke courses. These are primarily face-to-face events, however, the team are also working on developing a suite of on-line courses. For more information about training and events, or network resources please get in touch.
Contact: Angela Rogers ([email protected])