Contextual Safeguarding

Our two courses offer participants the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding into how to apply Contextual Safeguarding to their practice and put into place holistic safeguarding measures to keep young people safe from harm.

Contextual Safeguarding

This course provides an opportunity to learn about Contextual Safeguarding and how Ivison Trust’s Relational Safeguarding fits into the Contextual Safeguarding approach. We cover the history of Contextual Safeguarding, what it is and how it works in practice.

Lessons learnt from Contextual Safeguarding pilot sites are discussed, including thinking about how, in our own practice, we can take it forward. We also utilise a case study in order to put the theory we have learnt into practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what Contextual Safeguarding is and how it works in practice
  • Learn about the history of Contextual Safeguarding and its principles
  • Understand the Ivison Trust Relational Safeguarding Model
  • Understand how Contextual Safeguarding and Relational Safeguarding can work in unison to create a holistic, robust safeguarding plan for children at risk of exploitation
  • Learn how to work with the Contextual Safeguarding approach beyond referrals and how to use assessment frameworks
  • Understand safety mapping, case weighting and partnership working
  • Learn the importance of quality assuring language
  • Apply learning to a case study
  • This course is CPD accredited.

The training course was incredibly interesting, really gave an opportunity to reflect on current models within my trust and how we can look at revising this.
Using break out rooms to have discussions was very helpful to expand understanding.

I felt that the course was exceptionally delivered, with the right balance of teaching and group interaction. It was also delivered in a fashion that was down to earth and explained in an easy and understandable manner. It was also interesting, this was also enhanced by the passion that the team delivered the training had for the subject.

Fantastic course, I would highly recommend it. Great mix of interaction and information. Thank you.

Ivison Trust is the leading organisation in this field as far as our organisation are concerned . Their training programmes , based on knowledge of the field , are the gold standard and training with Ivison Trust should be mandatory for anyone undertaking this type of work .

Who is this course for?

  • Residential workers
  • Housing Officers
  • Foster Carers
  • Youth Service Workers
  • Police Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Teaching and School staff


For individual bookings: £70 per delegate

Discount available for multiple bookings. You can also commission us to run the course in your workplace if you have a large number of staff wishing to attend. Please get in touch to find out more.



Course Delivery

This course will be delivered online, via MS Teams, presented live by Dr Sarah Hall.

Upcoming Training

3rd December 2024 Book your place

19th March 2025 Book your place

Meet the Trainer

Dr Sarah Hall has extensive experience as an academic researcher in child exploitation, influenced by her early career in youth work and parent support. Sarah is passionate about the importance of family-centered, holistic support for families affected by child exploitation.

Sarah’s recent publications

Parent’s Experience of Children’s Social Care
She Doesn’t have to get in the car
South Yorkshire Empower and Protect CSE Innovation Project Evaluation Report

Stuart Piper Cert Ed.MA – Strategic Partnership and Training Officer

Stuart is an experienced specialist safeguarding adviser, chair, investigator, and trainer with extensive experience in law enforcement, the public sector and partnership working. Most recently, he was the Safeguarding Adviser to the Mayor of West Yorkshire and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire over an 8 year period. In those roles, Stuart provided expert advice focusing on child sexual abuse and exploitation, modern slavery, human trafficking, missing people and counter terroris

Contextual Safeguarding – Taking it Forward

Learn from real life experience and academic theory, giving participants the opportunity to apply contextual safeguarding to a real case study and hone their assessment planning skills.

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