Safeguarding during adolescence– the relationship between Contextual Safeguarding, Complex Safeguarding and Transitional Safeguarding

Date:

22 January 2019

During adolescence the nature of the risks faced by young people, and the way that they experience these risks, often differs from earlier childhood – as do their needs. Specifically, young people may be faced with a new set of complex risks – ones not posed by families, but instead by peers, partners and adults unconnected to their families. These risks: > often manifest in extra-familial environments including schools, public spaces and online platforms > are informed by peer norms and relationships > involve young people perpetrating, as well as experiencing, harm > can present as the result of perceived ‘choices’ a young person has made and/or continues to make despite professional/parental intervention > often feature grooming, coercion, criminality and serious risks of significant sexual and physical harm that create climates of fear and reduce engagement with services > are beyond the control of parents and rarely instigated by parents > can lead to large numbers of relocations including children over-12 coming into care for the first time and following a rapid escalation in risk and/or managed-moves across schools > continue into adulthood and particularly for young people during the 18-25 transitional period.

Author(s):

Carlene Firmin, Jayne Horan, Dez Holmes and Gail Hopper

Publisher:

Research in Practice (RiP)

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