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The following resources were developed as part of the Innovate Project, in partnership with Sussex University.


What do young people think about safeguarding panels? How do they feel when they hear how professionals discuss young people in these spaces? Young people rarely participate in these types of meetings. We wanted to show them what these meetings were like, so we created a short fictional meeting video of a safeguarding panel which discusses a young person, ‘Kyle’, who is at risk of extra-familial harm. The script of the video is inspired by the large number of meetings that we have observed as part of the Innovate Project and the Contextual Safeguarding Research Programme more broadly. We then showed this video to young people who are members of the Young Researchers' Advisory Panel (YRAP) at the University of Bedfordshire. We wanted to hear their thoughts about how Kyle was discussed and how the meeting operated. Following this, we created a ‘reaction video’, based exclusively on what young people have said. We also created an ‘improved version’ of the fictional panel video based on comments made by young people about what could be done differently.

We have used these videos to design two reflective workshops that you can use, one for professionals and one for young people. See more information about each workshop below by clicking on the dropdown arrows.  

This workshop is designed for panel chairs and other professionals who participate in safeguarding panels for young people affected by extra-familial risks or harm. In this workshop professionals are shown a short video of a fictional safeguarding panel, followed by another video showing young people’s reactions to this fictional panel. They are encouraged to critically reflect on their own panel processes and consider how meetings can become more inclusive of young people’s voices. Ideally this could be an exercise that panels do together. The resources can also be used in other forms of training and group supervision or incorporated into teaching and training curriculums. 

See the slide deck for step-by-step instructions for running the workshop and using the videos that we created as reflective tools. The fictional panel video is broken down into three clips. The fourth video shows young people’s reactions to the fictional panel video. For practicality we’ve showed this through the form of a WhatsApp conversation between two fictional young people reacting live to the panel. Everything they say is directly quoting what young people we have consulted with have said. A script of this video is available for those who might struggle to read the conversation on the video. The fifth video, also fictional, presents an imagined 'improved' version of the same panel based on young people's feedback and can also be included in the workshop.

This workshop is designed to show young people a video of a fictional safeguarding panel in which a young person is discussed and to facilitate a discussion about how the video made them feel and what they felt could have been done differently in the meeting. Read the facilitators’ guide before starting to plan the workshop. It outlines key things to consider before and after the workshop and step-by-step instructions for running the workshops (to be used alongside the slide deck). The fictional panel video is broken down into three clips.