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:

SCSP fact sheets:

SCSP multi-agency policies & protocols:

Team talk & other briefings:



    Sheffield services:

    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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