These resources have been developed by The University of Bedfordshire with Hackney Children and Families Services. They can be adapted or applied in safeguarding hubs or other ‘front-door’ referral services that are attempting to embed Contextual Safeguarding into their service.
They provide an example of how Hackney’s First Access and Screening Team (FAST), which acts as the local Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), is recording concerns about peer groups, schools, neighbourhoods or online locations, in addition to individual children and families. This ensures that when professionals have concerns about the welfare of young people in extra-familial contexts, those contexts themselves can be at the forefront of the screening, and potentially the assessment process.
Hackney has also been contextualising its contact and referral forms and case recording system. More resources capturing this process will be shared in the Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit that will be published in March 2019.
If you use the resources and have any feedback please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording peer groups in a MASH
Pete Allen, Contextual Safeguarding Researcher explains how Hackney's First Access and Screening Team (MASH equivalent) is recording peer groups.
Recording referrals based on peer groups and locations
In this webinar Pete Allen, Contextual Safeguarding Researcher in Hackney's First Access and Screening Team (MASH equivalent), explains how he created a tracker to record referrals about peer groups and locations.
GIS mapping of peer group incidents
This case study shows how peer mapping and creating incident maps using GIS can help to safeguard young people from extra-familial risk.