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Transitional Safeguarding

Transitional Safeguarding is an emerging discipline that seeks to provide an evidence-informed and multi-agency approach to safeguarding practice for adolescents crossing into early adulthood (defined by the United Nations as persons between the ages of 15 and 24).

Traditional models of children’s safeguarding do not adequately recognise that adolescents need to experience an element of risk enablement but instead offer protection and mitigation whilst adult safeguarding models assume that adolescents moving into early adulthood are able to exert choice and control in their situation and have achieved a certain level of maturity in decision making.

Through the Families and Children Transformation Partnership, partners are committed to developing, trialling, and evaluating new ways of working with a defined cohort of young people/adults who are most vulnerable as well as looking at how we might achieve wider whole system change related to Transitional Safeguarding to enable more effective response to crisis as well as earlier intervention to prevent needs escalating.

 A ‘Proof of Concept’ project and methodology is underway to develop and test ways of working. As we move through the project, updates on the proof of concept work, events, activities, workforce development and learning can be found in the learning and resource hub areas of the SVPP website.

Transitional Safeguarding Launch Event

To see the videos and presentations from the Transitional Safeguarding Launch Event held in January 2022 follow the page for booking training to access the Virtual College learning management system. Resources will be available under ‘Learning’ then ‘Transitional Safeguarding’.

Introduction to Transitional and Contextual Safeguarding Training 27th May 2022

“This half day course is intended to provide more detail and information about contextual and transitional safeguarding. The session is aimed at building and raising awareness of both frameworks, how they relate to practice and how they intersect. The session will enable professionals to:

  • Understand the challenges of the existing Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding systems for young people, particularly those aged 16 - 25
  • Identify the key concepts relating to the need for contextual and transitional safeguarding
  • Consider the need for a different approach to assessment and intervention
  • Develop the skills to respond to contextual and transitional challenges when working with young people
  • Understand the main principles of both areas of work and how these approaches can be embedded into practice in your service area

The course is aimed at any practitioner who wants to gain a more detailed knowledge and understanding of transitional and contextual safeguarding. It is particularly appropriate for safeguarding leads and practitioners”  To book click here 

If you would like to find out more or get involved in the project please email transitionalsafeguarding@wiltshire.gov.uk