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Transitional and Contextual Safeguarding Training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme

Contextual Safeguarding has been developed in recent years to recognise that young people can be at risk of significant risk of harm outside the home from people outside their immediate family – this may include CSE, CCE, involvement in gangs, drugs or alcohol or Online harm. Contextual Safeguarding identifies four domains for families and practitioners to work across to try and reduce harm and promote the safety of vulnerable young people.

The term transitional safeguarding applies to the safeguarding response provided to older teenagers and young adults. It is the period when adolescents are moving from children’s systems into the adult world and it can carry significant risks in terms of young people falling between services and experiencing a ‘cliff edge’ when their support from children’s social care ends and adult eligibilities and thresholds are activated. This session focuses on the risks, harms and responses for adolescents, consideration of competency and capacity, and how health and social care can work together better to protect children from online and community harm and if appropriate support personalised transitions between children and adult services.

Learning Methods:

This training is delivered using an online interactive classroom approach and all delegates will be expected to take part to ensure an effective adult learning experience. Using whiteboards and breakout rooms, a combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including trainer presentation and group work in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to support application to practice. Local templates and expectations will be embedded in the programme where required and appropriate.

Learning Outcomes:

This course will provide participants with the following learning outcomes:

• Understand what is meant by transitional safeguarding and the evidence and learning that has been identified to support effective practice at this transitional point.

• Understand what is meant by Contextual Safeguarding, the key domains and approaches critical to reducing harm and promoting safety for vulnerable young people.

• Develop an understanding of the specific risks, harms and needs of adolescents and how a tailored safeguarding response is required.

• Consider how a transitional and/or contextual safeguarding approach could contribute to positive outcomes for young people.

• Understand the transition from competency to capacity to make decisions

Resources Required:

All delegates will need a laptop with a functioning Microphone and Camera to allow effective participation and a strong stable internet connection. Where possible delegates should be using the Microsoft Teams Desktop App and have ensured it is fully updated. Zoom can be used as an alternative by agreement. Laptops should have an up-to-date Browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Please note – for health and safety reasons it is not appropriate to access these courses from a mobile phone. Whilst tablets can be used; delegates will find a laptop is easier as functionality on tablets are still limited.

Programme Outline:

9.00 Log-in – Check your connection, camera & mic (the get a cuppa)

9.30 Introduction to the session and the tech

9.45 Understanding the approach – what is transitional safeguarding?

10.15 Understanding the approach – what is contextual safeguarding?


11.20 Risk in adolescence – balancing risk, need and developmental stages for young people with additional needs / Identifying risks for any young person and particularly those who are vulnerable online or in the community.


13.00 Safeguarding through the transitional period - what is transitional safeguarding? - effectiveness and evidence base

13.45 Contextual Safeguarding - The 4 Domains (targeting /legislation/partnerships/outcomes) - The approach (collaborative/ecological/strengths-based /evidence informed)


15.00 Personalised safeguarding as a means of achieving positive outcomes with individuals at risk of harm

15.40 Moving from competence to capacity: understanding the impact and ethos of different frameworks.

16.15 Feedback & Evaluation

16.30 Close

The Trainer

Anita Gurrie from DCC-i Ltd will be delivering this session