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In Conversation with… Professor Carlene Firmin MBE


Author, activist and founder of Contextual Safeguarding – the pioneering concept which grounds approaches to child protection in the extra-familial contexts of the child.

Currently Professor of Social Work at Durham University, Carlene is concerned with safeguarding young people, social justice and inequality, with particular expertise in social care responses to abuse between young people and harm in extra-familial spaces and places. Her ongoing work includes enhancing practice and policy on contextual safeguarding.

The Nuffield FJO young people’s project is working with young people, families and professionals from across children’s services, family justice and youth justice to identify better ways to support and achieve justice for young people. Find out more. 

Nuffield FJO’s new ‘In conversation with…’ series will bring you leading thinkers, experts, practitioners and those with lived experience for frank discussions on a variety of themes related to children and families in the family justice system. Questions from the audience are welcomed before and during the discussions.

Speakers
  • Carlene Firmin
    Professor of Social Work
    Durham University
  • Headshot of Lisa Harker.
    Director
    Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
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Young people | 2022

How can we better meet the needs of young people in care? Ideas from professionals, academics and people with lived experience. Films and briefing paper.

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Young people | 2022

The care files: Exploring the experiences of teenagers entering the care system

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Young people | 2022

Deprivation of liberty: A review of published judgments

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Private law | 2022

Rates of private family law applications in England and Wales: what can mapping tell us about variation?

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Newborn babies | 2022

Born into Care: Draft best practice guidelines when the state intervenes at birth (for feasibility testing)

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Newborn babies | 2022

Summary: Born into Care: Developing best practice guidelines for when the state intervenes at birth

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Newborn babies | 2022

Born into Care: Developing best practice guidelines for when the state intervenes at birth

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Young people | 2022

What do we know about children and young people deprived of their liberty in England and Wales? An evidence review

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Young people | 2022

Children subject to secure accommodation orders: A data review

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Young people | 2022

Deprivation of liberty: Legal reflections and mechanisms. Briefing

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2022

Children’s experience of private law proceedings: A summary of reviewed literature

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Private law | 2022

Uncovering private family law: Adult characteristics and vulnerabilities (Wales)

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