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Contextual Safeguarding - an introduction

Young people form different relationships in the home, with their peers, in their neighbourhoods, on social media and in school. Understanding how young people need to navigate these groups and places and the ‘context’ in which young people encounter harm is central to your ability to provide effective safeguarding.

Our 2 half day interactive group sessions provide an introduction to explore contextual safeguarding to help you to better understand how different people, places and spaces impact on young people’s safety. The sessions cover:

Session 1

  • The research underpinning contextual safeguarding
  • The ideas of ‘prevent, disrupt, navigate’
  • Where and when young people face the risk of harm and exploitation
  • The five inter-related contextual safeguarding themes
  • The importance of the weighting and interplay of the contextual safeguarding themes
  • Contextual ecomap – with 6 elements

Session 2

  • The importance of mapping hotspots (schools, neighbourhoods etc)
  • Testing out a range of tools to help with contextual safeguarding mapping
  • Using evidence to strengthen contextual safeguarding assessments

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