Contextual Safeguarding and Child Protection: Rewriting the Rules

The challenge we face and the lens through which we view itOpeningThe abuseThe system responseThe evidence baseThe path to changeNoteExtra-familial abuse in contextStepping into the social fields of abuseFrom case excerpts to a contextual evidence baseInterplay between the dynamics of adolescence and extra-familial social fieldsThe contextual dynamics of abuse in extra-familial settings and relationshipsThe abuse of adolescents in extra-familial settings: it’s all in the interplayNotesAflawed equation: a systemic gapSeeing and sayingNot quite sortedThe (II) logic model of child protection and extra-familial abuseNoteA contextual lensLet’s get sociologicalEcological, social justice, and systemic practice: when social work and community meetBeyond social work - contextual offers from policing and healthMeeting in the middle: a Contextual Safeguarding lensEstablishing the building blocks for changeCrystallising ideas: when tweaking is insufficientSetting off: understanding practice responses to peer-abuse in 2013Reviewing local procedures and structuresReflective workshops and targeted focus groups with practitionersSwitching lanes: developing contextual activitiesThree years, 11 areas, what we learnt on the road to contextualised practiceGoing off-road: the insufficiency of tweakingNotesArticulating an ambition: a Contextual Safeguarding frameworkContextual Safeguarding: four components of a frameworkThe target of the child protection systemA lens of child welfare and child protectionThe partnerships involved in child protectionThe outcomes of child protection systemsSowing the seeds of Contextual SafeguardingCreating an authorising environment: contextualising national policy frameworksThe child protection system in 2016 - a paper versionThe first steps to contextualising child protection policy: WTSC 2018NoteMapping and test running Contextual Safeguarding systemsThe developers, their tools, and their roadmapA virtual practice networkIn-person practice development: test sitesChange at two levels: the two tiers of Contextual SafeguardingConclusion: a reflexive learning processBringing context into work with children and families: Level 1 Contextual SafeguardingThe stages of Level 1 implementationThe implications of Contextual Safeguarding at Level 1Believing that change can happen: Level 2 Contextual SafeguardingThe stages of Level 2 implementationSystem-wide attention on systemic harmPolicy frameworks and strategic partnershipsIntegrated policy and meeting frameworks that address extra-familial harmIssues that holistic frameworks targetFrom integrated to holistic - the strategic framework that enables a Contextual Safeguarding approachValues and impact: deepening the Contextual Safeguarding frameworkUnwritten and underpinning - the values of Contextual SafeguardingUnwritten valuesThe lens through which и Contextual Safeguarding Framework is viewedA collective approach - the requirement and impact of Contextual SafeguardingExpanding capacity to safeguardSafeguarding being everybody’s businessRecognising peer relationships as significantThe risks, strengths and vulnerabilities of places, groups, and peopleValues, principles, and requirements: below the waterline of the Contextual Safeguarding FrameworkLooking back and planning forward: a pit stop on the path to Contextual SafeguardingReaching my threshold: the grounds for state, and social work, interventionParenting or abuse: what is child protection actually about?A quadrant deprioritisationThe grounds for intervening with places and not peopleLegal, aligned but insufficient - where do we go from here?NoteFormulating the ‘social work’ offer in a Contextual Safeguarding systemThe social justice of social workThe centrality of social work in Contextual Safeguarding testingThe lanes of social work: staying or strayingThe Contextual Safeguarding Framework and social work methods: a case studySimilar role, broader remitNotesThe techniques and pitfalls of change: mirroring, co-creation, and case studiesInnovation that sticks: what we knowThematic techniques of the Contextual Safeguarding teamStarting up versus sticking aroundThe legality and ethics of Contextual SafeguardingCommon sense but counter culture: unearthing the challenges of a CS approachExtra-familial abuse: a concern for criminal justice or child protection agencies?Legal and moral duties: professionals, peers, and communitiesThe risks of social engineeringOngoing rather than resolvedOn the side of hope: next steps on the road to Contextual SafeguardingRewriting the rules of child protectionBroadening capacity and responsibility to safeguard.Working with, rather than dismantling, peer relationships.Slating, and believing you can change, contextual dynamics.Building trusted relationships beyond the 'usual three'.Holding plans on risks in contexts and not solely in people.Reaffirming the rules of child protectionOn the side of hopeNote
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