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Contextual Safeguarding consultation response: Working Together



Following the inclusion of Contextual Safeguarding in the revised version of Working Together, the Contextual Safeguarding team have now submitted their response to the consultation.

The team’s initial reflections, alongside reflections from a member of the Contextual Safeguarding network, are outlined in this blog. Our consultation response explores the strengths and gaps, as identified in these initial reflections, to a) highlight the importance of including Contextual Safeguarding in Working Together and b) highlight key points for further consideration.

Key points for further consideration in include:

  • The location of Contextual Safeguarding in Working Together
  • Specifics of language and wording used to describe Contextual Safeguarding
  • The need for relevant and practice based examples for implementing Contextual Safeguarding
  • Opportunities for applying contextual thinking throughout the guidance document

We encourage members of the network to submit their own responses to this important consultation. Those that choose to do so can access our response to support this process via the website (see here). 

This briefing, which provides an overview of the operational, strategic and conceptual frameworks of Contextual Safeguarding, may also be of use.

Please note that the consultationis open until 31 December 2017. 

If you have any questions or need any additional support in responding to the consultation please email  

Posted: 13 Dec 2017

Author: Delphine Peace

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