Developing contextual responses to the abuse and exploitation of young people


Spotlight features

Last updated: 11 Dec 2020


Welcome to our Spotlight feature series! Each month, we will celebrate a network member and share how they are using Contextual Safeguarding approaches or principles to develop new ideas and ways of working to safeguarding young people from extra-familial harm.

We want to hear about about what Contextual Safeguarding means, and looks like, in a range of settings (statutory agencies, voluntary and community organisations, and broader partners) and share any ideas, case studies, or resources that are emerging from this work.

If you would like to contribute to a Spotlight feature, please email and we will work with you to identify the best ways to profile your work and ideas on the Network!

Contextual Safeguarding in a lower-tier authority: learning from Adur & Worthing Councils

Sophie Whitehouse (Early Help and Wellbeing Lead) and Madeleine Tester (Contextual Safeguarding Coordinator) share how they are using Contextual Safeguarding in Adur & Worthing Councils to build safety in community spaces and resources they have created, including a podcast, a case study, a Park Audit tool, a communities partnership plan for responding to serious incidents involving young people and a hotspot area register.

Sports Cages: Places of safety, places of harm, places of potential

Our first Spotlight Feature shares the work of Luke Billingham, a youth and community worker at Hackney Quest. Luke tells us why sports recreational cages are important places for young people and communities, why they are too often overlooked, and why and how we should consider them as part of Contextual Safeguarding. A podcast, report and brand new resource included!

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