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Contextual Safeguarding: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Contextual Safeguarding is an approach developed in 2011 as a result of work carried out by DrCarlene Firmin, principal research fellow at the University of Bedfordshire (see expert view, below). Her three-year review of responses to peer-on-peer abuse, found that 90 per cent of cases involved contextual factors which child protection systems and practices struggled to deal with.

Youth Justice: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Since winning a sizeable majority at last December’s general election, the Conservative government has continued to build on reforms to the youth justice system set in train by the previous administration.

Residential care research evidence

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
After 48 years of involvement in residential child care, this year has seen me taking some time to reflect on where residential child care is now and where it might be going. One aspect of reflection has been regarding knowledge and knowledge production.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The basis for much of the work in the UK and internationally on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is drawn from a 1997 US study by CDC Kaiser on childhood traumas. This study identified a list of 10 ACEs that then formed the basis for a questionnaire used by researchers as a screening tool to assess the impact of childhood trauma on adults.

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