Risks from outside the home (sometimes called Contextual Safeguarding) 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 feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over this, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships. Therefore children’s social care practitioners need to engage with individuals and sectors who do have influence over/within extra-familial contexts, and recognise that assessment of, and intervention with, these spaces are a critical part of safeguarding practices. Risks from outside the home, therefore, expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts.

There is more information in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (updated December 2020), Chapter 1 paragraphs 40 – 44).

Please take a look at a video explaining What is Contextual Safeguarding? and the Contextual Safeguarding Network.

Also refer to our page on Child Exploitation