CSAP Contextual Safeguarding Strategy 2022-2024

What is Contextual Safeguarding?

“Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships.” University of Bedfordshire


Contextual Safeguarding in Lancashire – resources for practitioners

Contextual Safeguarding is one of the key priorities for the Children Safeguarding Assurance Partnership Board and signals our continuing commitment to leading the way in tackling the exploitation of children and young people, whilst ensuring agencies are joined up across Lancashire. Services will be delivered in a coordinated, trauma informed and consistent way, working with children and families that builds on their strengths, finds joint solutions and improves outcomes.

In Lancashire we are currently focusing on:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Child Criminal Exploitation
  • Child Trafficking / Modern Slavery
  • Missing From Home

We want all areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire to be safe for children and young people whilst recognising the challenge that exploitation brings. We want everyone to work together; communities, families and professionals to address this agenda – Safeguarding is everyone’s business.

The Contextual Safeguarding Strategy and relevant documents are attached below:

CSAP Contextual Safeguarding Strategy_2022-24

What is your role_ContextualStrategy



Learning Impact Record_ContextualStrategy