Contextual Safeguarding Toolkit

Assessment

Assessments should recognise and respond to extra-familial risks that might impact a child and family. Within a Contextual Safeguarding system, assessments can be conducted at two levels:

Firstly, a child and family assessment should identify and assess extra-familial risk, engage young people and families in discussions about safety outside of the family home and plan for interventions that address extra-familial risk or harm.

Secondly, a Contextual Safeguarding system should be able to assess these extra-familial contexts and develop and deliver plans to target risk and increase safety in these contexts. This means that practitioners should be able to assess and plan for interventions in peer group, school, community and online contexts. By assessing and targeting the actual contexts of extra-familial risk, a Contextual Safeguarding approach does not just limit its assessment to parental capacity to safeguard, but considers the safeguarding duty and capacity of individuals and agencies responsible for those contexts.

The document below, 'Assessment Things to Consider' outlines key considerations for assessing extra-familial risk across these various contexts.