Dec 31

Contextual Safeguarding – useful resources

With Thanks to Kathy Richardson, the following resources are provided to raise awareness of the complexities of working with vulnerable children and the need to keep the contextual safeguarding ever present when assessing risk and planning to protect them. 

Guardian Article- The System Is Unfit For Purpose

Out Of Harms Way

Anne Longfield (previously the Children’s Commissioner now runs the Commission on Young Lives), warns in a report that the children’s social care system is “handing over” some vulnerable teenagers to criminals and abusers by moving them “out of area” to live in dangerous unregulated accommodation that is sometimes targeted by criminals. 

Out of Harms Way – Commission on Young Lives report

County Lines: This parent blaming response does nothing to protect exploited children

The phrase ‘extra-familial harm’ is used by academics and spoken by social care safeguarders. Statutory language for county lines, sexual exploitation and radicalisation, risks outside the home. But still these parents’ children are categorised as ‘beyond parental control’ rather than ‘in perpetrators’ control’…..

Community Care Article: Founder of SPACE

Short Ted Talk

Carlene Firman: Contextual Safeguarding: Re-writing the rules of child protection (you might need to open this in Microsoft edge)


Carlene has spent the past 10 years researching young people’s experiences of community and group-based violence and advocated for comprehensive approaches that keep young people safe in public places, schools and peer groups.

Vulnerable Adolescents Report

Thematic Review by Croydon Safeguarding Children Board to examine the commonalities between 60 most vulnerable teenagers.

Executive Summary

Single Page Briefing


NHS South London
Met Police
NHS Croydon Health Services
NHS Croydon Clinical
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