Project Description

The Contextual Safeguarding VCS Collective forms one of the four governance structures supporting the Contextual Safeguarding Scale up Project. Formed in 2019, the Contextual Safeguarding VCS Collective is a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who support a Contextual Safeguarding approach being adopted within the voluntary sector. One of the key aims of the Contextual Safeguarding approach is to use the Contextual Safeguarding framework for developing the inclusion of views from young people and parents in the design and implementation of Contextual Safeguarding systems.

The VCS Collective asks:

  • How can Contextual Safeguarding theory and practice be used and developed within the voluntary and community sector?
  • What levers and barriers do VCS organisations face within their own organisations in adopting the Contextual Safeguarding approach?
  • What contextual interventions are being developed and utilised within the voluntary and community sector?
  • How can the view of young people and parents be included in the design and implementation of Contextual Safeguarding systems?

A sub group meet as a smaller implementation group physically three times a year. This group is chaired by Dr Camille Warrington. The participating organisations include:  Abianda, PACE, The Children’s Society, Barnardo’s, Power the Fight, GLL, Redthread, Safer London, Action for Children, Catch 22, Missing People, SPACE.

The VCS Implementation Group participate in the following activities:

  • Share organisational case studies and presentations confidentially among the VCS Implementation Group on how they are developing and using Contextual Safeguarding resources and approaches.
  • Share organisational policy and guidance documents confidentially among the VCS Implementation Group which support the adoption of the Contextual Safeguarding approach.
  • Work alongside the UoB Contextual Safeguarding team to create resources for the VCS Community on the Contextual Safeguarding network.
  • Evidence interventions by voluntary and community sector organisations to address harm within peer group, school, community and online contexts.
  • Upskill selected members within their organisation to become Contextual Safeguarding Champions, by attending a Contextual Safeguarding short course training and being part of the VCS Community of Practice.
  • Create an annual impact statement on how using the Contextual Safeguarding approach has influenced their organisation.

Chair: Camille Warrington

Wider Project Team: Carlene Firmin, Joanne Walker

Funder: National Lottery Community Fund

Contact: [email protected]