Ashoka Fellow
United Kingdom
Fellow Since 2018
This description of Carlene  Firmin's work was prepared when Carlene  Firmin was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2018.
Introduction
During adolescence, the risk of abuse that young people face often shifts from a familial context to public/school/peer environments. Currently, child protection systems are better equipped to address cases of abuse and violence within the home and family context. Carlene is pursuing a radical transformation in how policymakers, institutions, practitioners and the general public think about child protection by introducing a model of ‘Contextual Safeguarding’ which diversifies the focus of assessment and intervention from solely targeting the affected individual by abuse and seeks to address the conditions in which the abuse occurred. 
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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