We are delighted to publish a new practice guide that prompts practitioners to consider both the context of children’s experiences within their family home and in other social spaces, including in the local neighbourhood or online, their school or their peer group.
By helping practitioners identify and assess other forms of harm that young people may face in these various spaces, the guidance enables a more holistic assessment than a traditional child and family assessment, which tends to focus on harm that happens inside the home and family environment.
More specifically, the practice guide supports practitioners to:
The practice guide was developed by Rachael Owens (Practice Development Manager of the Hackney Contextual Safeguarding Project) with contributions from Hackney Children and Families Service and the University of Bedfordshire’s Contextual Safeguarding team.
It is available on the Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit assessment section. The toolkit also contains exemplar documents to help other areas consider how they may develop similar work, including:
Reflection from practice
The practice guide was piloted by Hackney practitioners and they have shared their experience and key learning in the four short videos, also available on the toolkit.
One of the Hackney practitioners who piloted the practice guide shared how she found the guidance helpful in:
We hope that you find these resources useful. As always, we are keen to hear from you. Please email any feedback or suggestions to the team: Contextual.Safeguarding@beds.ac.uk