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The Contextual Safeguarding Advisory Panel is the key governance structure supporting the dissemination and implementation of lessons from the Contextual Safeguarding Scale programme. Formed in 2018, the Contextual Safeguarding Advisory Panel is a group of government departments, regulators and practice associations from England, Wales and Scotland who meet twice a year to discuss the implications of a CS approach for policy, commissioning and legislative frameworks. Chaired independently by Dez Holmes, the group meet to hear about thematic issues emerging in test sites or other projects in the CS programme, and to ensure the research programme is informed by relevant policy changes.

The participating departments/organisations include Home Office, Department of Education, Research in Practice, The Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Scotland Contextual Safeguarding Steering Group, Welsh National Independent Safeguarding Board, Welsh Government, NHS Wales, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, College of Policing, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, NHS England, Public Health England, London Ambulance Service, Care Quality Commission, Local Government Association, Youth Justice Board, Central Ambulance Service, Security Industry Authority, HMI Probation, Ofsted, Association of School and College Leaders, Police Conduct Authority, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, UK Youth, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Project lead: Carlene Firmin

Chair: Dez Holmes (Research in Practice)

Funder: National Lottery Community Fund