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.
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’…..
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.