Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual safeguarding, also known as ‘risk outside the home’, is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can raise safeguarding concerns. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships.


Nelson Primary School will maintain records of concerns about contextual safeguarding in accordance with our safeguarding procedures. We know the importance of information sharing, therefore if we identify contextual safeguarding concerns about the local area we will share this information with the contextual safeguarding team for Achieving for Children, contextualsafeguarding.exploitation@achievingforchildren.org.uk.


If there is a specific concern about a child, we will consult with the relevant children’s services.