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Transitional Safeguarding

Transitional Safeguarding is an approach to safeguarding adolescents and young adults across the developmental stages in their lives. It builds on the best available evidence and learns from both children and adult safeguarding practices, which prepares young people for their adult lives, and reflects the connected nature of harm and its impact for individuals, services, and society.

There are three characteristics for Transitional Safeguarding:

  1. It is an approach or perspective and not a definite model.
  2. It is a bottom-up approach which is conceived locally and is context-specific.
  3. It requires a whole system change within an organisation and across interconnected organisations. 

The Research in Practice organisation created a short animation video about what Transitional Safeguarding is and why it matters:

The Research in Practice organisation first introduced the Transitional Safeguarding concept during a Strategic Briefing for Transitional Safeguarding - Adolescence to Adulthood, which was published in 2018. It was followed up in 2021 by a Knowledge Briefing for Bridging the Gap: Transitional Safeguarding and the role of social work with adults, produced in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Adults, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, BASW, Care and Health Improvement Programme, NWG Network, and police colleagues.


Local support services for young adults, including those with a learning disability:

Advocacy for All: A locally-rooted advocacy organisation with a strong history, that exists to give people a voice through one to one advocacy and self-advocacy groups.

Better Health: Find out about possible signs of loneliness, reasons we feel lonely and ways to manage it. 

British Red Cross: Training for 10 - 19 year olds from the British Red Cross - Helping young people build essential life skills

Bromley Well: The service is paid for by Bromley Council and NHS South East London Integrated Care Board to help people, living in the Bromley Borough, improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. Bromley Well also support Young Carers aged 4 to 19 to manage caring relationships whilst enjoying childhood.

Buddies for All: aims to support disabled people to overcome social isolation. 

Caspa: Provides support and enriching experiences to autistic/neuro-divergent children, young people, and their families.

Catch 22: County Lines Support and Rescue: Providing specialist support and rescue service for young people and their families who are criminally exploited through county lines.

Community Links - Bromley Volunteer Services: Provides support to volunteer-involving organisations and provides volunteering advice for residents, working with over 300 different organisations in a wide range of ways.

Experts by Experience: A programme which involves the public in inspections and activities.

London Nightline: an anonymous listening and information service run by students, for students. 

Mencap: A charity which supports people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Missing People: is the only UK charity dedicated to reconnecting missing people and their loved ones. They offer support to people affected by a disappearance via their free, confidential Helpline on 116 000 and can launch a publicity appeal to help bring missing people home. Other services they provide include family support, counselling, and specialist services for issues related to missing such as exploitation and County Lines.

NSPCC: E-Learning Befriending programme

SafeCall: Missing People confidential and anonymous helpline and support service for young people and family members that are affected by missing, county lines and criminal exploitation.

Shared Lives: A care and support service for people aged 16+ who want to live independently in their community, with the support of family and a community network. It’s an alternative to supported living or residential care.

The Great London Friendship Project: a non-profit organisation set up in 2021 to tackle loneliness, in response to the epidemic of loneliness amongst young adults following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Umii: Supporting students and applicants so no one feels lonely or isolated.

Young Minds: the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.


Young People Gambling and Gaming Harms

YGAM, an award-winning education charity, is offering FREE online training on the topics of gaming and gambling harms including the blurred lines between the two.

Younger generations now grow up entwined in the digital world, always just a few clicks away from the online galaxy of gaming and gambling. This training will equip you with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to spot the
signs of harm, start informed safeguarding conversations and signpost to support when needed.

Join YGAM’s growing network of trained professionals!

Click here to select your profession and date.

Any questions regarding these sessions, please email training@ygam.org


Tackling Loneliness 

The aim for the Tackling Loneliness workshop is to give individuals who work with residents of all ages within Bromley to inform them what Loneliness is, who is affected and resources out there to support residents who may be experiencing this emotion. This course aims to help alleviate the stigma around loneliness to help challenge the culture around this emotion, with this course being a steppingstone for people to engage in honest and open conversations about Loneliness.

Want to find activities, support and community groups for young people in Bromley? Click here to go to Simply Connect Bromley

Read the latest research on Youth Loneliness here


Rising cost of living!

Increases in the cost of living from energy bills to food, clothes, travel costs and housing are affecting us alI. During a period of increased pressure, vulnerable adults and those who experiencing abuse may be at more risk than others. 

If you or someone you know is finding it hard to cover living costs, or is at further risk of abuse, there is support available.

We have listed below some key information on where to access support, seek advice or get help during these challenging times.  

Advice and support is available to help with every situation, we are working in partnership with a number of organisations locally, including groups from the voluntary sector.


Concerned about a child?


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If you think that a child or young person under the age of 18 years old, who lives in the borough, is being abused or neglected, contact the MASH Team using the contact details below.

Not all concerns raised about a child will automatically lead to a child protection investigation. Less serious concerns may lead to a more general assessment of need and the provision of support services or the offer of advice and information.

Bromley Children and Families Hub

Telephone: 020 8461 7373 or 020 8461 7379 or 020 8461 7026
Address: Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH
Email: mash@bromley.gov.uk

Out of Hours Duty Service:

Outside of office hours and at weekends and public holidays contact the 'out of hours contact' service on 030 0303 8671. If you are seriously concerned about a child's immediate safety, dial 999.

For information on safeguarding children and young people, visit the website of the Bromley Safeguarding Children Partnership at www.bromleysafeguarding.org


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