Risk Outside The Home: Local Learning

The week beginning the 12th of June the NSCP delivered briefing sessions focused on local learning that has emerged regarding the risks young people face in our communities. We are keen to share further resources and links which can help practitioners think more creatively with regards to how their practice can be shaped to better meet the needs of young people.

Building on the Ted Talk shared in the previous e-mail update, a more up to date and fuller account of Contextual Safeguarding and risk outside the home is given by Professor Carlene Firmin here at a webinar given to the British Association of Social Workers.

Critical Incidents: We discussed the importance of reaching out and engaging with young people whenever a critical moment has occurred. This could be an event such as a school exclusion, an assault in the community or being arrested. At these points risks may begin to escalate, but equally they present a teachable moment for the young person. To learn more about teachable moments watch this short video.

Trafficking Toolkit : Trafficking is a serious crime, and it is crucial that we are alert to signs of trafficking and confident in how to respond. The attached document provides more detail and information to inform practice. This can be accessed here.

Including Contextual Information within a Referral Form: We discussed the importance of being curious and thinking contextually when we are working with young people. Please read through the attached document to help think about how contextual information can be included in referral forms – the principles can be applied to how we assess and engage in work with young people. Follow this link.

Parent Support: We also discussed the importance of engaging with parents. This document provides an example of good practice to support parents. For more information please click here.