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Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach

News and presentations from today's conference focusing on improving safeguarding practice: delivering a strengths based approach, transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding.

A Young Adult’s Perspective

James Downs
Patient Representative at Royal College of Psychiatrists and NHS England Lived Experience Consultant & Peer Researcher


Transitional Safeguarding: Addressing the gap between child and adult safeguarding

Dr Christine Cocker
Professor of Social Work
University of East Anglia

• improving the transition from child to adult safeguarding: supporting young people across the life course
• learning from both children’s and adult safeguarding practices
• exploring how a transitional approach to safeguarding can be developed that is relational, contextual/ecological and developmental/transitional

Christine defined the term Transitional Safeguarding and explained why it is necessary to improve safeguarding practices for young people.  She discussed the evidence behind this thinking and explained why current safeguarding paradigms do not always work for young people.  

Adolescent Safeguarding and harmful sexual behaviour

Marcella Leonard
Leonard Consultancy

• risk assessment of Harmful Sexual Behaviour for adolescents
• understanding harmful sexual behaviour
• intervention - case studies and examples 

Marcella explored the challenges for practitioners from social care, education, youth services, statutory and voluntary in how to recognise, respond , assess and safeguard when a young person has committed Harmful Sexual Behaviour.  She gave an overview of why young people commit harmful sexual behaviour, introduced the AIM3 assessment model and then the CASPR (Capacity to Supervise and Protect - Risk ) framework for parents and carers to ensure their ability to safeguard.

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