Risks Outside the Home

Risks Outside the Home 

Addressing Risks Outside the Family or 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 feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent/child relationships 

Practitioners should 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 outside the family or home therefore, expand the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts. For more on Risks Outside the Family – also known as Contextual Safeguarding

Child on Child Abuse 

child-on-child abuse can be motivated by perceived differences e.g. on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other differences. It can result in significant, long lasting and traumatic isolation, intimidation or violence to the victim. Children or young people who harm others may have additional or complex needs, e.g. significant disruption in their own lives, exposure to domestic abuse or witnessing or suffering abuse, educational under achievement, being involved in crime. It should be recognised that peer abuse is harmful to both the perpetrator (who is a child) and the victim. 


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