For the second RIP Blog I have focused on contextual safeguarding, Knowsley a growing reputations for gangs and youth violence. In the past months, however, lockdown has impacted on the risk and we are starting to see changes in those risk, in some cases a reduction in risk, in other an increase due to the lack of professional oversight and with children not being back in school until this month the normal oversight and safety net that we use has not been present. This is an area of focus that was discussed with Research in Practice at the last annual meeting and I identified that although there was useful research what we were missing is the less “dry” resources that can be used to increased basic knowledge around exploitation models, the appeal of gang culture and glamorisation of the lifestyle. Therefore in the edition of the RIP Blog I have looked for resources that are more easily engaged to support learning. The Social Work Book Club has reviewed a book by Jason Farrell: County Lines. I have also reviewed ”Blue Story”, by Director Rapman, that depicts the story of two young males drawn into gang, drug and crime culture, in London. Although not reflective of the culture of gangs and exploitation in the Liverpool region, this is the type of film popular within the groups of young people who are involved or potentially at risk of exploitation.
Below are some of the resources that that research in practice that I have reviewed the resources on offer and highlighted the key ones that I felt are the, most applicable and useful ones for Social workers in the Children’s Teams, including training Podcasts, Publications and webinars. In addition to this I have included a link to a Community Care Podcast where Knowsley’s Sam Roper discusses the topic with Dr Carlene Firmin who developed the contextual safeguarding framework, including: What is contextual safeguarding?, Implementing contextual safeguarding in a local authority, Applying contextual safeguarding as an individual practitioner or team, Legal questions around working with groups of peers, locations and child protection processes applied to extra-familial harm, The impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on contextual safeguarding work. I have listened to this a couple of time and it is a really good resource to develop your understand of the remit, complexity, local view and the impact of the recent lockdown.
Young people and gangs: Approaches to assessment and intervention to facilitate their disengagement, online training/webinar.