Using the Beyond Referrals toolkit
For schools that have particular concerns around issues such as peer-on-peer abuse, child sexual or criminal exploitation or bullying, we recommend using the toolkit Beyond Referrals: levers for addressing ‘extra-familial’ harm in schools’ and the accompanying resources below.
The toolkit should be used to identify what you are doing well to mitigate against the harm risks in your school or college, and, importantly, to identify areas for development and improvement. The harms young people may face outside of their homes are constantly evolving, and no school will get everything right all the time.
There are five categories of self-assessment:
- Systems and Structures
- Response and Intervention
- School Culture
Each category represents a ‘lever’ for preventing and addressing ‘extra-familial harm’ in school settings. Each lever has various components against which a school can assess itself and develop a plan of action as a result.
This toolkit is designed to be used to support ‘contextual safety’, that is, safety in your school/college context. Our research indicates that contextual safety is best achieved when: interventions target the social conditions of harm; they prioritise child welfare as opposed to sanctions and policing; creative partnerships are established; and outcomes measure changes in contexts, not just changes in people.