Schools and Safeguarding: Thinking Through Spaces and Contexts of Vulnerability and Harm

Jenny Lloyd*, Tom Disney

*Corresponding author for this work

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What makes a child vulnerable to harm? What is it about how we conceptualise vulnerability that draws us to thinking about individual traits and characteristics rather than broader systems and structures of power? In this chapter, we consider these questions by exploring student experiences of vulnerability in schools. Drawing on a case study of two student experiences of harmful sexual behaviour, we explore harm, abuse and vulnerability as spatial. In doing so, we present school responses to forms of harm, drawing a division between responses which focus on vulnerable individuals and the potential of responses which target the systemic, spatial and contextual causes of harm. We conclude by offering Contextual Safeguarding as an approach for addressing the social conditions of harm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Safeguarding for Children and their Educational Experiences
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide for Students, ECTs and School Support Staff
EditorsWilliam McGovern, Aidan Gillespie, Helen Woodley
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781802627091, 9781802627114
ISBN (Print)9781802627107
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2022

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