BSCP Contextual Safeguarding Conference
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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN PARTNERSHIP
CONTEXTUAL SAFEGUARDING CONFERENCE
WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY 2021
9.15am – Sign in opens for the event
9.30am – Opening by Sir Francis Habgood QPM, Independent Chair of BSCP
9.40am – Update by Jo Stephenson, Business Manager BSCP
9.45am – Dr Carlene Firmin MBE; What is contextual safeguarding and what does it mean?
10.30am – Q&A with Dr Carlene Firmin MBE
10.45am – BREAK
11.00am – Aman Sekhon-Gill (Head of Youth Offending Service); Contextual safeguarding in Buckinghamshire
11.30am – Q&A with Aman Sekhon-Gill
11.45am – LUNCH BREAK
12.30pm – Robin Watts; Engagement of children and young people, solutions and the voice of the child
1.15pm – Q&A with Robin Watts
1.30pm – BREAK
1.45pm – Dr Sarah Lloyd, Parents Against Child Exploitation; Voice of the child
2.15pm – Q&A with Dr Sarah Lloyd
2.30pm – Closing words from Sir Francis Habgood QPM, Independent Chair of BSCP
2.35pm – Event close
Dr Carlene Firmin - developer and lead of the Contextual Safeguarding research programme at the University of Bedfordshire, will guide us through definitions and the meaning of contextual safeguarding. Dr Firmin developed Contextual Safeguarding as a theoretical/operational framework which could be used to draw attention to, and address, the social and cultural contexts in which extra-familial abuse occurs. Dr Firmin convened the Contextual Safeguarding Academics Network in 2020 to bring together those who use the CS Framework in their research and teaching. Projects in the Contextual Safeguarding programme have previously included: the MsUnderstood partnership – which used action research to build local responses to peer-on-peer abuse; Beyond Referrals – a study to identify the levers for addressing harmful sexual behaviours in schools; studies into group-based sexual violence and peer influence; and the formation of a Contextual Safeguarding Practitioner’s Network.
Robin Watts - formerly a long serving member of the police force, spending 10 years as a Detective child abuse investigator, trainer and consultant. He will also be focusing on context in relation to exploitation and its many forms and how to engage children and young people that are experiencing exploitation and how contextual safeguarding offers solutions. Robin is a worldwide specialist in delivering child abuse awareness training to schools, charities and volunteers and training the designated people in organisations in an advanced level of child protection.
Aman Sekhon-Gill (Head of Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service) will be speaking about contextual safeguarding and what this means in Buckinghamshire, including what tools and ways of working are being implemented to support this.