Early Lessons in Implementing a Contextual Safeguarding System

Fri Dec 07 2018 at 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Hackney Town Hall, London, United Kingdom

Hackney Town Hall, London, United Kingdom

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Funded through the Department for Education’s (DfE) Social Work Innovation Fund, the London Borough of Hackney have been working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire to jointly develop and implement a whole system approach to Contextual Safeguarding, encompassing both social work practice and wider partnership interventions.


This innovative approach to safeguarding is at an exciting stage in its development and is in the process of being implemented across the London Borough of Hackney’s Children and Families Service, involving large-scale system change to enable the borough to effectively safeguard children and adolescents facing extra-familial risks.

This free event aims to provide senior local authority leaders across a range of directorates and key partner agencies with an understanding of the benefits of a Contextual Safeguarding System and how this can be effectively implemented in practice.

You can find out more about the work in Hackney on our website and join the Context Safeguarding Network for free access to resources and regular updates. 


Speakers will include:



Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Contextual Approaches and Implementing Systems Change





Dr Susan Rayment McHugh (University of Sunshine Coast, Australia) — Experiences of Implementing Contextual Safeguarding in Practice  



Wendy Ghaffar, HMI Specialist Advisor, Cross Remit Safeguarding




Thematic Seminars will be led by Hackney’s Contextual Safeguarding Project Team partnered by Local Authorities who have been involved in trialling contextual safeguarding approaches. Topics will include:



Design and implementation of contextual assessments





Contextual interventions within peers, schools and communities





Contextualising referral processes, information sharing and digital systems





Partnerships, processes and Policy reform

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