Contextual safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families.
It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse.
Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships.
Contextual Safeguarding includes (but is not limited to) :
- Gang membership / serious youth violence
- Child sexual exploitation
- Child criminal exploitation
- Harmful sexual behaviours
- Missing from care, home and education
If you have concerns about a contextual safeguarding issue please use the ESCB vulnerabilities screening tool August 2018 (word)
The tool and guidance aim to enable timely and consistent assessment of a child or young person and the risk that they may be exposed to. This should be used by all professionals and volunteers who work with children, in conjunction with the London child protection procedures, where appropriate.
Contextual safeguarding training
A briefing on contextual safeguarding is being run on Wednesday 26 September.
Concerns about a child?
If you have a concern that a young person may be a at risk through a contextual safeguarding issue please discuss your concerns with:
Ealing’s partnership lead for vulnerable adolescents
020 8825 8313