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Contextual safeguarding

Children and adults can cause harm to other children, young people or particularly vulnerable adults. This harmful behaviour may be carried out by an individual, as a part of group or through a community, and can include gang, sex, drugs or weapons related violence.  It can occur online, for example, when children and young people are coerced to share youth produced sexual imagery ('sexting').

Children who harm others are likely to have additional and complex needs and while they should be held responsible for their behaviour, they should also be safeguarded and their welfare should be promoted.

Further information, research and resources about related issues can be found below:

Contextual Safeguarding Network 

Contextual Safeguarding Practitioners’ Network

SCSP fact sheets:

Children and young people who abuse substances

SCSP multi-agency policies & protocols:

Contextual Safeguarding

Team talk & other briefings:

Team Talk 7 - Contextual Safeguarding

One Minute Guide to Child Criminal Exploitation - South Yorkshire Partnership

Foldout Guide to Child Criminal Exploitation for Young People - South Yorkshire Partnership


The Contextual Safeguarding Audit Toolkit

Contextual safeguarding: what is it and why does it matter? NSPCC 


Training systems and structures, CSN

Seeing the full picture - a parent’s perspective on child exploitation:

This 9 minute film explores the experiences of two families whose children were sexually exploited. The film takes the perspective of the parents and their experiences of navigating the services on offer. Click here to view.

The parents involved in making the film also produced a document titled “Messages for Practitioners” which outlines their advice to all practitioners working with parents where sexual exploitation is an issue. These messages can be found below and are good practice for all practitioners.

“Listen to us
Communicate with us
Work with us”

Messages for practitioners from parents in CSE cases

Sheffield services:

The Amber Project: Sheffield Child Exploitation Service

Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care


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