Contextual Safeguarding in Action: The Key to Safer Communities

Whilst most safeguarding systems focus on listening to adults, children may not want to readily share that information with them (Carlene Firmin, Contextual Safeguarding Assessment Framework, 2017). Through listening to students and putting them at the center, schools will gain a more holistic view of their community and its safety. ‘Contextual Safeguarding in Action: The Key to Safer Communities’ gives a breakdown of how a contextual safeguarding approach can help schools and DSLs gain a stronger understanding of their community and the context influencing an environment, and how to respond.

Additionally, due to the current Covid-19 lockdown, worry is growing over vulnerable children and gaps are starting to appear in reporting safeguarding concerns. A child-centred approach is needed now more than ever. We also present how our child-focused safeguarding tool fits into the contextual safeguarding approach, listening to young people and providing them with a voice that will be listened and responded to, whilst allowing schools to monitor and safeguard their students during this time of unprecedented disruption.

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Safeguarding Schools and Universities

“The Student Voice has had an extremely positive effect on TASIS, The American International School in England, and my life as a DSL. We can prioritise feedback and intercept incidents effectively, assisting in our commitment to the safeguarding and wellbeing of all children that attend our school.”

Jason Tait, Director of Pastoral Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead, TASIS