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Anecdotal feedback from our stakeholders and thematic findings from case reviews has suggested that there is insufficient advice for professionals regarding the specific safeguarding needs of adolescents. This survey captures the perspectives of a range of professionals across London. They report greater uncertainty about the adequacy of the child protection procedures for supporting professionals to engage with risk outside rather than within family settings, challenges engaging with adolescent agency, and the nature and function of partnerships that are well-placed to engage with these dynamics of adolescence. In response, the University of Bedfordshire, will draft practice guidance for inclusion in the London Child Protection Procedures. This guidance will outline the procedures professionals and volunteers should follow when responding to the risks young people face – risks which are often located outside of the home in public spaces, schools and within peer groups.   The chapter will advise professionals on the options for safeguarding adolescents within existing procedures and highlight additional points of consideration when supporting adolescents. The draft chapter will be published for consultation in due course and forms one core output of our work. We recognise the need for further activities that explore: the potential to improve statutory safeguarding procedures; the feasibility of commissioning and evaluating interventions for adolescents, future training and knowledge needs within the sector; and the ways in which our organisations monitor risks faced by adolescents and measure the success of our interventions. For more information on the work of the London Safeguarding Adolescents Steering Group please contact  @

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