Dr Carlene Firmin MBE (Principal Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire), will present a seminar on Contextual Safeguarding.

Existing child protection systems are generally designed to respond to the abuse of young children within families and through family-focused interventions. However, during adolescence the risks to young people's safety often shift from familial to community contexts, and may include sexual and criminal exploitation, gang affiliation, teenage relationship abuse and peer abuse.

In response to these pressing issues, Dr Firmin has developed Contextual Safeguarding as a theoretical and operational framework through which to incorporate extra-familial contexts into traditionally family-focused child protection systems. The approach has been particularly successful in Hackney, and 50 local authorities in England and Wales have since applied to be one of nine authorities to take the learning from Hackney and implement the approach in their area.

This seminar is an opportunity to learn more about the Contextual Safeguarding framework, and to consider if and how it might enhance and be incorporated within our existing approach to child protection in Scotland.

The event is free but places are limited so please ensure you book your place.

Programme and further information here.

Further speakers on the day include Dr Peter Yates, Edinburgh Napier University and Dr Duncan Helm, Association of Child Protection Professionals.


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