Strategic Review

The first step in the audit process is to collect and review all documents—from strategic to operational guidance—that are linked to peer-on-peer abuse in your site. It is important to review all the strategic documents related to peer-on-peer abuse, such as domestic abuse and sexual exploitation, because these documents will have implications to how peer-on-peer abuse is managed in your area. Ensuring that the contextual nature of abuse and the profile of peer-on-peer abuse is understood in strategy is the first step in ensuring agencies have the impetus to respond in practice.

Close Which documents?

The steering group will be able to help you to collect documents relating to peer-on-peer abuse. These will include a range of strategic documents, local strategies, profiles, guidance, reports and assessments. You may not have documents relating specifically to peer-on-peer abuse so it’s important to get documents relating to the range of ways that abuse manifests. For example, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, domestic abuse/violence against women and girls, serious youth violence, gang-associated violence and bullying. You might not have documents for all these areas but it’s important to get all those you can.

Close How to review documents

How you review the documents is up to you but there are some methods that can help you organise your notes. As you go through the documents highlight key points and write down any notes. Remember that you’re not trying to capture everything. The goal is to get a sense of how the documents relate to each other and understand what the site response is to peer on peer abuse.

Close What questions to ask?

When you review these documents you will want to ask the following:

1. What are the implications of each of these documents for peer-on-peer abuse? 

2. To what extent do these documents recognise, and engage with, environments beyond the home that may be associated to peer-on-peer abuse? 

3. Are the separate governance arrangements for each strategy sufficiently coordinated to demonstrate a clear line of accountability for the local response to peer-on-peer abuse? 

4. Taken together, do these documents provide a consistent message on the local response to peer-on-peer abuse or does the message differ depending on the issue under consideration (for example – what is the difference between the strategic position on peer-on-peer sexual exploitation and harmful sexual behaviour)? 

Reviewing and analysing

You might have lots of questions at this point about how to review the documents. The following tutorial gives an overview of how our researchers would carry out the review.

Strategic Document Review

This resource support practitioners to carry out a strategic document review, as part of a Contextual Safeguarding adit.

Strategic Document Review With Guidance


Strategic Document Review Without Guidance