We were commissioned to deliver Contextual Safeguarding training for Buckinghamshire Council Early Help team in Social Care and Youth Justice.
The learning objectives of the course were to:
- Understand the contextual safeguarding approach and the values that underpin it
- Consider adolescent brain development and behaviour
- Recognize the context of risk and vulnerability in adolescence
- Consider the child protection system in relation to harm outside the family home
- Apply the contextual safeguarding approach to assessment and intervention
A really interactive day was spent getting to grips with the Contextual Safeguarding approach and how this related to the work in practice. Using a variety of tools from the Contextual Safeguarding Network and individuals own practice, we explored through group work how we could adapt practice to better support families who were experiencing extra – familial harm.
Some of the impact of the training is highlighted below in the self generated action points that we invited participants to commit to at the end of session :
- Raise awareness of CS in network meetings
- Will use as a heading during Supervision to encourage reflective practice. Challenge s/w’s re what is the wider context when stepping down families
- Raise the agenda & focus of EFU in context throughout YP and family work
- Review the EH Partnership Forum, store trainers and worksheets with team
- Raise awareness, share information, apply some ideas
- Identify how this can be utilised within strategic planning & delivery
- Use CS headings in Supervision and ask different questions
- Apply it to my practise and be more mindful when reading a referral
- Look at the bigger picture not just the incident, Think more about choices ?? with YP – do they always have a choice!
Some added comments were:
It was informative, though provoking and inspiring – thank you!
It was great!
85% of participants rated the course as excellent in terms of developing their practice