Contextual Safeguarding Toolkit

Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

Assessment

The Assessment and Intervention Planning for Young People at Risk of Extra-Familial Harm: A Practice Guide prompts practitioners to consider both the context of children’s experiences within their family home and in other social spaces, including in the local neighbourhood or online, their school or their peer group. By helping practitioners identify and assess other forms of harm that young people may face in these various spaces, the guidance documents enables them to conduct a more holistic assessment than a traditional child and family assessment, which only focusses on harm that happens to young people inside of the home and family environment.

More specifically, this document supports practitioners to:

  • Assess a young person’s extra familial risk of harm;
  • Consider the needs of a young person subject to extra-familial risk; and
  • Make recommendations/plan for on-going work which addresses extra-familial risk of harm.


Tips on what makes a good extra-familial assessment, guiding questions and tools and resources to support the assessment are listed in the guidance document.

The guidance document was piloted by Hackney practitioners and they have shared their experience and key learning in the four short videos below. You will also find below Hackney's revised child and family assessment forms with the changes in relation to extra-familial considerations highlighted on the document, as well as Hackney's local assessment protocol.

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    Assessment and intervention planning for young people at risk of extra-familial harm: A practice guide

    This document is designed to support practitioners to undertake assessments which are holistic in nature – taking into account both the context of children’s experiences within their family home and in other social spaces.

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    C&F Assessment Template

    This is Hackney's revised child and family assessment form showing text that was added in relation to extra-familial considerations.

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    Local Assessment Protocol

    This local protocol sets out arrangements for how we will assess, plan and respond once a child or young person or context of concern (e.g. a peer group, a school, a defined geographical area) is referred to Hackney Children and Families Services.

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    Considering extra-familial risk in a C&F assessment

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    What makes a good extra-familial assessment?

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    Assessment and intervention planning

    Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

    Safety mapping with a young person