Contextual safeguarding: an overview of the operational, strategic and conceptual framework.
AuthorsFirmin, Carlene Emma
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractContextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships. Therefore children’s social care practitioners need to engage with individuals and sectors who do have influence over/within extrafamilial contexts, and recognise that assessment of, and intervention with, these spaces are a critical part of safeguarding practices. Contextual Safeguarding, therefore, expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts.
CitationFirmin C (2017) 'Contextual safeguarding: an overview of the operational, strategic and conceptual framework.'. University of Bedfordshire.
PublisherUniversity of Bedfordshire
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