What is Contextual Safeguarding?

As well as threats to the welfare of children from within their families, children may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation from outside their families. These extra-familial threats might arise at school and other educational establishments, from within peer groups, or more widely from within the wider community and/or online. These threats can take a variety of different forms and children can be vulnerable to multiple threats, including: exploitation by criminal gangs and organised crime groups such as county lines; trafficking; online abuse; teenage relationship abuse; sexual exploitation and the influences of extremism leading to radicalisation.

Please see further information below:

Bedfordshire Exploitation and Missing Strategic Group TOR

Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Strategic Response

Bedfordshire VERU Rapid Strategic Needs Assessment Summary

Bedfordshire Meeting MAP

Bedfordshire CSE Disruption Toolkit

Organisations across the county are working together to prevent CSE. A toolkit has been developed which can be used to help organisations consider what actions they might be able to take.

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CSE Practitioners Guidance

Bedfordshire Multi Agency submission form

You can also submit information if you see something suspicious using  the Multi Agency Intelligence submission form.

CSE Risk Assessment Tool


Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is an increasingly high profile issue that affects children and young people of all backgrounds and from all communities, right across the UK. Barnardo’s is working to tackle the problem and support those who are affected.

Children are most vulnerable to sexual exploitation between the ages of 13 and 15, but younger victims are being targeted all the time. In one month alone, Barnardo’s services worked with 126 children aged 10–13 who had been affected.

For more information and advice,

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Child sexual exploitation is a hidden crime. Young people often trust their abuser and don’t understand that they’re being abused. They may depend on their abuser or be too scared to tell anyone what’s happening.

It can involve violent, humiliating and degrading sexual assaults, including oral and anal rape. In some cases, young people are persuaded or forced into exchanging sexual activity for money, drugs, gifts, affection or status. Child sexual exploitation doesn’t always involve physical contact and can happen online.

For more information and advice,

visit their website here

In order to get a better understanding about Child Sexual Exploitation, a victim of CSE shares her story in the video below

Useful Resources


Keep them safe is a free online learning tool from Pace…

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Bedfordshire Practitioners Guidance

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Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried…

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Beds University

After a planned review in January 2017 it was agreed that the information submission form would be re-titled the MULTI-AGENCY…

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Pan Bedfordshire

Please see attached flyer regarding CSE Training being held in 2017, organised by PanBeds…

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