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Contextual Safeguarding

Published: Thursday, 28th March 2019

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Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual safeguarding means considering whether wider environmental factors are present in a child’s life that are a threat to their safety and / or welfare, focusing on the fact that young people can experience harm beyond their families.

Dr Carlene Firmin is head of Contextual Safeguarding Research Programme at the University of Bedfordshire.  Dr Firmin developed Contextual Safeguarding as a framework that could be used to address ‘’the social and cultural contexts in which violence and abuse occurs’.

Full information and explanatory videos are available on the Contextual Safeguarding Network website.  Membership of the network is free and allows access to additional resources.