In the Scale-Up project we found that responses and outcomes tended to be overlooked. But they are very important for linking together the Contextual Safeguarding domains:
Domain 1 (targeting the social conditions of harm) - Responses should target the 'social conditions' of harm. It can be tempting to reach for the usual interventions, but these often target the behaviour of individual young people. Contextual Safeguarding responses need to change the wider ‘rules at play’ in a context.
Domain 4 (measuring outcomes in a context) - Responses that target the wider 'rules at play' in a context should make that context safer. We can then move away from only measuring whether individual young people are safer and also measure how the context itself is now safer for any young people who are linked to it.
Before you get going, a word about the process. When you first start to ask the questions - 'what does this context need?' or 'what does this young person need to feel safer in contexts outside the home?' - the answer might not be obvious. Don't despair! It might take you longer to work it out but be patient. If things don't go according to plan at first, review and try again.
Don't be put off. When practitioners took part in Scale-Up pilots to try out new responses they found it daunting at first. But once they had tried some new approaches, they were full of enthusiasm for the work and found it really exciting. When the pilots ended, many wanted to carry on because they thought it helped them to work in a way that really paid attention to young people's lived experiences, and really got to the heart of the issues. The same is true for outcome measures.
The things we have learnt so far have been turned into resources to support you and help you on your way.