Professor Carlene Firmin

Professor of Social Work at Durham University

In this session, Carlene Firmin, founder of Contextual Safeguarding, will outline the key features of the approach and its implications for schools. She will introduce activities that create safety within and outside of schools and suggest ways for schools to work with young people, parents, multi-agency partners and local businesses to protect young people from extra-familial harm. Carlene's session will identify both structures and cultures that facilitate safety in school environments, and the roles that everyone can play in creating them. 


Carlene Firmin is Professor of Social Work atDurham University where she runs the Contextual Safeguarding research programme.