The OSCB is made up of representatives of the main statutory agencies in Oxfordshire, as required by law, but are developing links with many other relevant organisations, especially the voluntary sector.
They have a wide responsibility to keep children safe – not only from abuse and neglect but also, as far as possible, from other things that can impair the health and development of children and young people such as accidents and domestic violence.
Children and young people are at the centre of everything the OSCB does, and so they aim to involve them and families as much as possible. The OSCB is independent and will challenge organisations if their plans or actions fail to keep children and young people safe.
For more information around Safeguarding, please visit the Safeguarding page on the Schools Intranet.
Safeguarding in Education Network
The Safeguarding in Education Network consists of representatives from schools across Oxfordshire, Early Years members and OSCB.
Once a month, a newsletter is published on the OSCB website, as well as Schools Intranet, listing recent issues and also training opportunities around safeguarding. For more information, as well as copies of the latest newsletter, please follow the link below:
There are a number of organisations you can speak to but if you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. You can also get advice and help from NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or get help via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to know everything about the child and what is happening just to be worried, or feel that everything is not right.
If you are concerned that a child may be suffering physical, sexual or emotional abuse or is being neglected please contact one of the following teams:
Access to Information and Services Team (in office hours): 0845 050 7666
Emergency Duty Team (outside office hours): 0800 833 408
Banbury Assessment Team: 01865 816670
Oxford Assessment Team: 01865 323048
Abingdon Assessment Team: 01865 897983
For more information and guidance on the safety and wellbeing of your pupils, please visit the OSCB website for more details.