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Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual safeguarding
As well as threats to the welfare of children from within their families, children may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation from outside their families. These extra-familial threats might arise at school and other educational establishments, from within peer groups, or more widely from within the wider community and/or online. These threats can take a variety of different forms and children can be vulnerable to multiple threats, including: exploitation by criminal gangs and organised crime groups such as county lines; trafficking, online abuse; sexual exploitation… Working Together 2018

The University of Bedfordshire have been leading research in this area and have established a wide range of information all included in their Impementation toolkit, There are 3 assessment frameworks ; peerschool & neighbourhood and research and resources available on their website to support these. One of the resources is the contextual assessment framework they provide a further range of tools on the network website  (you will need to join the network to access, but there is no charge for this).