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A route to safety: using bus boarding data to identify roles for transport providers within contextual safeguarding systemsFirmin, Carlene Emma; Abbott, Matthew (Wiley, 2018-01-10)During adolescence, risk to young people’s safety shifts from familial to community contexts. Contextual safeguarding has emerged in response to this dynamic; by providing a conceptual framework through which to incorporate extra-familial contexts (and those who manage them) into traditionally family-focused child protection systems. This paper uses GiS mapping techniques to explore the extent to which bus boarding data could be used to: target protective interventions in public spaces; evidence routes where young people may be vulnerable; and build local area problem profiles. In doing so it provides foundational evidence for including transport providers in contextual safeguarding systems.