• Opportunities for peer safeguarding intervention: a briefing following fieldwork with Safer London

      Latimer, Katie; Adams Elias, Carly; Firmin, Carlene Emma; University of Bedfordshire (University of Bedfordshire, 2020-09-30)
      Young people’s peer relationships are significant to their wellbeing and safety. Peers can be a source of both risk and protection, sometimes simultaneously. This briefing shares learning from a research project that explored the potential for peer interventions within Safer London, a voluntary sector support service for young Londoners affected by exploitation or violence. It is co-authored by Katie Latimer from the Contextual Safeguarding Research Project at the University of Bedfordshire and Carly Adams Elias, Organisational Lead for Exploitation at Safer London. The authors reflect the principal learning from the original study, which took place between August and December 2019 and was presented in an internal report to Safer London in January 2020. This briefing also shares additional detailed examples of work within Safer London as the organisation continues to develop safeguarding interventions that work with the significant social relationships in young people’s lives. The following findings are presented below: 1. Peer interventions take various forms: safeguarding work with peers can involve group work with connected young people, but this is not always the case. 2. Peer interventions are most appropriately used alongside other practice that understands and intervenes with the social conditions of abuse, including interventions with other extra-familial contexts. 3. Peer relationships can be protective and, for this reason, relevant to safeguarding 4. Practitioners can work with peer relationships without necessarily identifying all the connected young people concerned