Contextual and community assessment
If we just work with a young person in isolation of the situation they’re in, there’s a risk we’re raising their awareness of abuse, highlighting how difficult their life is, without actually changing anything about it.
One-to-one intervention helps young people who have been abused build safe and trusting relationships and receive therapeutic support to aid recovery. However, contextual and community assessment and intervention can complement this approach and maximise its impact.
We need to create safe environments and cultural norms for young people.
In some areas of the country where taxis were being used to transport children who were being exploited, taxi drivers were given safeguarding training by the local authority and police force in child sexual exploitation (D'Arcy and Thomas, 2016).
As a result of that engagement, rather than playing a part in the cycle of abuse, taxi drivers are alert to the warning signs of abuse, have been able to raise concerns and therefore become part of creating a safe environment in the area.
By twinning individual intervention with contextual and community work, we can help young people find more safe spaces and prevent future CSA.