Developing contextual responses to the abuse and exploitation of young people


Spotlight features

Last updated: 14 Aug 2021

Welcome to our Spotlight feature series! Each feature highlights how a professional/organisation has taken the ideas of Contextual Safeguarding and used this to develop a new idea/approach/resource to safeguarding young people from extra-familial harm. It moves beyond professionals describing how they have used Contextual Safeguarding Programme resources and towards examples of professionals coming up with their own ideas and resources.

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!

Working with peer relationships in safeguarding work with adolescents

Cat White (Contextual Safeguarding Advisor from Ealing) and Derrick Osinde (Senior Practitioner in the Adolescents Team in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham) share their experiences of testing and embedding different approaches to working with peer relationships in safeguarding work with adolescents affected by extra-familial harm.

Developing a peer-led intervention with peer mentors at a youth club

Laura Price, Young Women’s Associate at Abianda and CS Champion, shares learning from a contextual intervention developed and delivered with youth facilitators at a youth club. The youth club was used as space where youth facilitators engaged younger peers in conversations about emotions, relationships and safety concerns, and supported them to seek support from peers and professionals.

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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