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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.

Contextual Safeguarding: Special Report

Contextual Safeguarding looks at factors beyond the home to form a broader picture when assessing risk. CYP Now’s special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Special Report

Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can increase the risk of poor life outcomes, so policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to prevent ACEs and support children at risk of them.

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

Unregistered children’s homes: Legal Update

As the number of children being taken into care continues to rise, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at concerns regarding unregulated and unregistered children’s homes.

Shared Services: Special Report

Fresh evidence suggests collaboration is helping local authorities to find a wider range of care options for vulnerable children and introduce a greater array of good practice approaches to improve outcomes.