What is the OSCB?
Children can only be kept safe properly if key agencies work together. Local Safeguarding Children Boards were established by the Children Act 2004 to help make sure this happens.
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is the means by which organisations in Oxfordshire come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The role of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is to scrutinise and monitor this process, and to ensure that local agencies co-operate and work well to achieve this.
The Board’s core objectives are set out in the Childrens Act 2004 and the functions are set out in ‘Working together to safeguard children’. They cover communication, quality assurance, learning from serious case reviews, reviewing child deaths and ensuring sound safeguarding policies and procedures are in place.
The OSCB has an interim Independent Chair – Paul Burnett, who has been in post since April 2016. Every LSCB must have an Independent Chair who can hold all agencies to account by scrutinising and monitoring their work with children and young people.
The OSCB is made up of 34 representatives from key local agencies and organisations.
What is the role of OSCB?
- Develop policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority, including those in relation to thresholds, training, recruitment, allegations, privately fostered children and cooperation with other children’s services
- Monitor and scrutinise multi-agency activity in relation to safeguarding. This is done via case files audits, reviews and inspections
- Communicate and raise awareness with professionals, via our website, newsletter and e-bulletin, learning summaries and workshops, and sharing good practice
- Undertake independent serious case reviews and advise on lessons learnt and THEN check that the recommendations from the review are delivered
- Working Together 2015 requires that LSCB’s monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training for all professionals in the area.
To find out more about how the board take this work forward please see our OSCB Subgroups and remits.
Click here for a list of OSCB Constitution Sept 2015.
Who are the members of the OSCB?
The Board is made up of senior safeguarding representatives from all member agencies.
Where does the OSCB fit within other partnerships in Oxfordshire?
What are the priorities of the OSCB ?
- To be assured that there is effective, co-ordinated safeguarding practice, provision and outcomes across the child’s journey from universal, through early help, child protection and children in care provision
- To improve the quality assurance work and challenge role of the OSCB To improve how we capture the engagement of children and young people and frontline practitioners
- To maintain an inter-agency focus on higher risk groups in Oxfordshire
- To improve the effectiveness of the OSCB.
What does this mean for Oxfordshire communities?
Oxfordshire communities are a key resource for OSCB and member agencies to raise awareness of safeguarding and protecting children and young people. The more informed local residents and professionals are on key safeguarding issues the more they can help the prevention agenda and help to identify when there are possible risks to our children.
Use this website as a resource to learn more about safeguarding children.
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
- Information sharing advice or safeguarding practitioners 2015
- Keeping children safe in education 2015
- What to do if you re worried a child is being abused 2015