Contextual Safeguarding Toolkit

Assessment

Assessments should recognise and respond to extra-familial risks that might impact a child and family. For a range examples of how to do this, select either ‘Tier Two’ or ‘Tier Two’ below. You can change tier at any point.

The following documents support practitioners with a number of ways to consider the role of different contexts within individual assessments. The Child and Family Assessment and Intervention Guidance in Hackney has been updated to support practitioners consider extra-familial risk when they conduct a child and family assessment. The Safety mapping tool is an exercise that practitioners can use with individual young people or groups of young people to identify areas where they feel safe and unsafe and to use these as the basis of developing a safety plan.

Considering Extra-Familial Risk in a C&F Assessment

The Assessment and Intervention Planning for Young People at Risk of Extra-Familial Harm: A Practice Guide was developed by Hackney’s Children and Families Services to support practitioners consider extra-familial risk when they conduct a child and family assessment.

Safety Mapping Tool

These new resources and podcast explain how to conduct safety mapping to help practitioners identify areas of risk and safety in their local neighbourhood. Safety mapping can be used for safety planning with children, families and networks.

Assessment

What's Happening Tool

This tool helps practitioners gather information about a parent or carer’s understanding of the strengths and vulnerabilities of a young person across each of the identified contexts.

Assessment

All Around Me Tool

This tool is designed to help practitioners gather information from a young person to build a picture/understanding of the people and places that matter most to that young person in each of the identified contexts.