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Contextual Safeguarding

What is Contextual Safeguarding?

Defined as “an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families”, Contextual Safeguarding seeks to protect young people from abuse or violence within their wider extra-familial network. This can include many settings including schools, communities, and online abuse.

In reviewing a number of peer-on-peer abuse safeguarding responses as part of her PhD, Dr Carlene Firmin MBE coined the term Contextual Safeguarding. Since then, a team at the University of Bedfordshire has been working with a variety of social care practitioners in the UK to translate the concept into practice.

Transforming Theory into Practice

Since 2019, Liquidlogic has worked with a number of pilot sites to understand the approach to Contextual Safeguarding, providing advice to councils around processes and determining priorities for software development.

The objective is to support users of the Liquidlogic Children’s Social Care system (LCS) to record Contextual Safeguarding cases within the case management system itself, meaning that all data about a child and risks from other people, organisations, and in specific contexts are held on one secure platform. This will be made possible by enhancements to the system, along with the configuration of forms that can be carried out by the council locally.

Click here to read more about Kent County Council's experience of implementing Contextual Safeguarding.

Click here to read a blog focussing on Contextual Safeguarding by Liquidlogic's senior child consultant social worker, Ida Cohen.