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Contextual Safeguarding - Applying the approach in practice to Child and Adolescent safeguarding

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“Contextual Safeguarding is an approach developed by the University of Bedfordshire to safeguarding children and young people which responds to their experiences of harm outside the home.” University of Bedfordshire 2020

“To align with a Contextual Safeguarding framework, local systems need to:

a) Target extra-familial contexts and relationships in which harm occurs: alongside direct work with children and families, contexts which pose a risk to them are identified, referred, assessed and intervened with in accordance with a plan.

b) Reduce extra-familial harm through a child protection lens: contextual risk is addressed through plans/interventions where the primary goal is to safeguard children (rather than crime reduction). Such plans are overseen by social work which may feature, but are broader than, policing or community safety disruption

c) Demonstrate active partnerships with agencies who have reach into extrafamilial settings: this includes partnerships between children’s social care and sports/leisure, parks and recreation, licensing, private businesses, schools, youth clubs and young people/parents themselves

d) Measure success by a reduction in contextual risk: the impact of interventions or success outcomes are not solely measured in relation to individual behaviour change in young people (for example a reduction in truancy). Any individual measures are reported in context, and the area can also identify safety in groups and locations.”
Contextual Safeguarding: A Briefing for ADCS, 2019

This virtual conference focuses on Contextual Safeguarding – using learning in practice and ensuring there is support at an operational, strategic and governance level. Through national updates and practical case studies this conference will highlight how using this approach can safeguard children and develop appropriate responses to extra-familial harm.

This conference will enable you to:

• Network with colleagues who are working to learn from a Contextual Safeguarding approach

• Learn from outstanding practice in safeguarding children and young people

• Reflect on national developments and learning from test sites

• Learn how organisations have used the Contextual Safeguarding Network to complete a contextual assessment and develop an intervention plan

• Develop your skills in developing effective responses to extra-familial harm

• Understand how you can improve partnership working with communities

• Train and educate frontline staff in the concept of Contextual Safeguarding

• Identify key strategies for measuring reduction in contextual risk

• Learn from case studies in contextual safeguarding in youth violence, gangs and county lines activity and in the NHS

• Understand principles and GDPR compliance in information sharing within child safeguarding

• Ensure you are up to date with the latest case study developments

• Self assess and reflect on your own practice

• Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Please note the University of Bedfordshire, nor its staff are associated with this conference

Mr Kenny Gibson

Head of Safeguarding
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Theo Lassey

Independent Contextual Safeguarding Chair
Croydon Council

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or a virtual booth, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience on-site and virtually 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for virtual & hybrid exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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