Developing contextual responses to the abuse and exploitation of young people

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The Team

Last updated: 30 Jul 2020

The Contextual Safeguarding team, headed by Dr Carlene Firmin, is made up of dedicated Research Staff, Operational Staff and Practice Advisors with a range of experience in social work research and practice. To find out more about our individual staff, visit our programme website.


The Contextual Safeguarding programme, and the team who deliver it, are part of the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking (IC) at the University of Bedfordshire. The IC is an applied research centre committed to increasing understanding of, and improving responses to, the abuse experienced by children and young people, and is led by Director Dr Helen Beckett. The IC’s work is underpinned by a commitment to: academic rigour and research excellence; collaborative and partnership based approaches to applied social research; meaningful and ethical engagement of children and young people, and; active dissemination and evidence-based engagement in theory, policy and practice.

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