Key and Latest Publications from the Contextual Safeguarding Programme

A Briefing on Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools

A briefing that presents findings from a two-year study into harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in English schools, Beyond Referrals Two. The briefing provides an overview of key thematic findings from the study, organised in relation to: the prevalence of HSB; strengths of responses; disclosure; peer support; parental engagement; and disability and provides 30 recommendations for schools, multi-agency safeguarding partners and the wider field of education.

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A 2020 update on the operational, strategic and conceptual framework

A briefing that summarises developments in the use and meaning of the Contextual Safeguarding framework from 2017 through to 2020.

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MsUnderstood Project Report 2016

A report that chronicles the findings and resources of a three year study to build contextual responses to peer-on-peer abuse in England. The study underpinned the design of the Contextual Safeguarding framework.

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Case Review Paper 2017

A paper summarising the findings of the four year doctoral study (2011-2015) in which nine cases of peer-on-peer abuse were reviewed to understand safeguarding responses: a study in which the term ‘Contextual Safeguarding’ was first coined.

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Contextual Safeguarding Strategic Briefing 2017

A briefing summarising the Contextual Safeguarding framework from a conceptual, strategic and operational perspective: based on testing by the close of 2017.

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Contextual Safeguarding Legal Briefing 2018

A summary of the legal and regulatory tools of relevance to the Contextual Safeguarding approach, authored by a partnership of legal experts, child protection professionals and researchers.

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County Lines and Contextual Safeguarding Briefing 2019

A briefing which explores what a Contextual Safeguarding framework might offer to developing responses to young people who are exploited via county lines drugs distribution

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Key Practice Resources

Audit Toolkit (2016)

A toolkit featuring all the resources used by the research team to audit local responses to peer-on-peer abuse from a Contextual Safeguarding perspective.

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Beyond Referrals Toolkit (2020)

A self-assessment resource for schools and multi-agency partnerships to build educational contexts equipped to prevent and address harmful sexual behaviours

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Implementation Toolkit (2019)

A suite of local policy and practice resources to support a full system’s implementation of Contextual Safeguarding within children and family’s services and wider safeguarding partnerships

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For a suite of practice and policy resources, webinars, podcasts and blogs please visit the Contextual Safeguarding Practitioner’s Network