Introduction to Contextual Safeguarding 22/23

Date & Time:

Thursday 16 March 2023 (09:30 - 12:30)




Target group 

This training is targeted at professionals in direct contact with children including social workers, family support workers, foster carers, health professionals, schools, police and others who work with children at risk of abuse and extra-familial harm.    

This training is targeted at professionals in direct contact with children who contribute to assessments and multi-agency meetings including social workers, family support workers, police and others that work with children at risk of or who have been exploited.    

Group Level 2 (regular contact with children, young people and/or parent/carer) or Level 3 (predominantly working with children) or above (including strategic leads) as set out in the Safeguarding Competency framework in London Safeguarding Child Procedures. NHS Inter-Collegiate Standards 2 and above for health professionals


This session aims to introduce the idea of Contextual Safeguarding, and equip professionals with the tools to consider and respond to extra-familial harm using a Contextual Safeguarding approach.

Learning objectives

By the end of the training participants should : 
● Understand the definition and types of extra-familial harm
● Understand what contextual safeguarding is, and be able to apply the approach in their daily work when safeguarding children.
● Be able to apply contextual thinking to extra-familial risk
● Recognise the importance of different contexts particularly when safeguarding adolescents
● Understand the theoretical underpinning of the approach
● Recognise and apply the idea of context weighting to recognise, and where able, intervene in that context to keep the child safe.
● Be confident in considering safeguarding partners that go beyond the traditional partners when safeguarding children at risk of extra familial harm.
● Have knowledge of recent serious case reviews that call for a contextual safeguarding approach.
● Understand where Sutton’s current threshold guidance can be used in cases of extra-familial harm, as well as apply the working together guidance (2018) sections on contextual safeguarding in their work.


Booking has now closed for this event.

Further Information:


Hanna Wedgwood - CFCS Team Manager & Hayley Cameron - Education Safeguarding Manager

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