This section of the toolkit provides resources and guidance on multi-agency panel meetings to address extra-familial harm. Multi-agency panel meetings are important for understanding harm and developing responses to safeguard young people experiencing extra-familial harm. All Scale-Up sites introduced or adapted existing meetings to provide oversight of multi-agency responses to extra-familial harm.
What distinguishes Contextual Safeguarding multi-agency meetings is a focus on contexts. This means discussion about the contexts (peer groups, neighbourhoods, schools) around individual young people (Level 1). It also means discussion about how to make contexts themselves safer (Level 2).
Successful Contextual Safeguarding multi-agency panels are dependent on five key principles:
- Making a quality referral – taking context into account when making a referral to multi-agency panel meetings
- Effective chairing – the role of the panel meeting chair in ensuring a contextually-informed approach
- Collaborative working – how to work together to maintain a child welfare focus as a partnership
- Involving young people and their families – making sure that the views of young people and families are represented at meetings
- Beyond talking and tasking – coming together to make clear actions in response
This section provides resources and guidance on how to set up and sustain multi-agency panel meetings to address extra-familial harm. There are three further pages below:
- Relational referrals: Resources and guidance on how to ensure effective referrals to multi-agency panel meetings
- Effective chairing and collaborative working: Guidance for chairs and partners on working in partnership to embed Contextual Safeguarding via multi-agency panel meetings
- Context conferences: Tools and guidance for those looking to conduct 'Context Conferences'