Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
- Worried About A Child?
- Training Information (includes information on multi-agency courses offered by other organisations in Oxfordshire)
This website aims to provide useful information to ensure making and keeping children safe is everybody’s business.
Business Priorities 2012-14
The Board provides strategic direction and challenge across the relevant local agencies in Oxfordshire. Following the 2011/12 annual report the OSCB redefined its priorities to:
1. Improving understanding of parental risk factors
2. Developing work on child sexual abuse in order to tackle child sexual exploitation and intra-familial abuse
3. Developing performance information to promote improvement and accountability
4. Monitoring and challenging agencies’ self-assessment of safeguarding arrangements
OSCB Annual Conference 2013 - This year the focus is “Protecting Oxfordshire’s Young People; improving professional knowledge and sharing strategies” and will be held at the Unipart Conference Centre, Oxford on the 17th October. You can access a flyer here.
The day is a professional learning event with a mix of national speakers, personal perspective, a young people’s film, plus practical workshops using actual case studies. The conference is aimed specifically at practitioners working with children and young people from age 10 (Year 5) upwards. As interest will be high and places are limited, please can you complete the attached booking form and return as soon as possible and no later than 13th September. Booking form (word version), Booking form (PDF version).
Interested in promoting your service? There is also the opportunity to have a stand at the conference which will allow organisations to advertise their service. Alternatively if their information is relevant to the focus of the conference and condensed into a small leaflet or document it could be included in our delegate packs which will be handed out at the beginning of the day. Again we would be happy to discuss this in more detail with interested colleagues.
To submit your booking form, request information about stands or for inclusion in the delegate packs, please email email@example.com
Child Sexual Exploitation - Interested in our work on tackling Child Sexual Exploitation(CSE)? Then check out our professionals page on CSE. The page contains the multi-agency strategy, Oxfordshire's multi-agency procedures and the Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool. If you want to know more about CSE, you can book on our full day course on Child Sexual Exploitation here.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 - The new version is out now and can be downloaded by following this link
Government evaluation of Children's Centres
The Department for Education (DfE) has published an evaluation of children's centres in England by the University of Oxford and NatCen. Findings include: centres are increasingly moving away from universal services towards a focus on the most disadvantaged families and the majority of centres were using proven early intervention strategies identified in Graham Allen's 2011 report. Department for Education - Children's Centre Evaluation
Barnardo's Report - Running from hate to what you think is love
Barnardo's has published a report, produced in collaboration with Paradigm Research, based on first-hand accounts of the relationship between running away and child sexual exploitation (CSE). Findings include: CSE can be both a cause and an outcome of children running away and was often associated with drug and alcohol abuse, online grooming, and social isolation. Recommendations include: The Department for Education (DfE) should ensure appropriate levels of funding to address the issue, and there should be a national awareness-raising strategy. Running from hate to what you think is love: the relationship between running away and child sexual exploitation. (PDF)
Safeguarding Good Practice for Schools
A briefing on good practice in safeguarding children and young people aimed at schools, colleges and academies has been published on NSPCC Inform
Parents and Carers of Children Affected by Gangs
The Home Office has produced an advice leaflet for parents and carers of children affected by gangs. Advice to parents and carers on gangs (PDF)
MindFull Report - Youth Mental Health Survey
MindFull, a new mental health charity, has published the results of a survey of over 2000 young people aged 16 to 25 who were asked to reflect on their mental health experiences before the age of 16. Findings include: 1 in 5 children have symptoms of depression; 32% of children have contemplated or attempted suicide; and 29% have self-harmed. Recommendations include: embedding mental health as a theme in the national curriculum. In response to these report findings, the charity has launched a free online professional counselling and support service for 11 to 17-year-olds.MindFull launch: press release (PDF)
Government Plans to Reform Residential Care System
The Government has announced wide-ranging reforms to overhaul the country's residential child care system. Proposals include: new homes will only be allowed to open if they are run by competent providers and are in safe areas; homes already open in less safe areas need to demonstrate they can protect children, or face closure; only senior council officials will be able to approve out-of-area placements a very long way from the child's home. The consultations close 17 September. DfE press release
Violence Against Women and Girls
The International Development Committee has published a report on violence against women and girls with a focus on female genital mutilation (FGM). It urges police and social services not to let political and cultural sensitivities prevent them from protecting children from this crime and punishing the perpetrators. The report recommends a cross-agency approach to FGM which proactively tracks girls at risk and takes timely action to prevent it from happening. Violence against women and girls (PDF)
Engaging Marginalised Young People
Research by the University of Gloucester has found that a sports activity programme has been successful in engaging with marginalised young people. 80% of young people who took part in the Urban Stars project felt it gave them discipline, and a further 80% said the project helped them organise their time better. When the scheme was run at a young offender institution (YOI), reoffending rates amongst those who participated were 30% lower than the national average. The project will now be extended to cover more cities in England. Urban stars: sport, crime prevention and community action (PDF)
Ofsted Report on Independent Reviewing Officers
Ofsted has published a report on independent reviewing officers (IROs). It found that the IRO's role in assessing the effectiveness of local authority support and plans was under-developed. Recommendations include: ensure IROs have the skills, training and knowledge to undertake all elements of their role; seek regular feedback from children about the difference IROs have made to their lives in order to drive improvement. Independent reviewing officers: taking up the challenge? (PDF)
Oxfordshire child exploitation trial
On 14 May, the jury at The Old Bailey found seven men guilty of offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and trafficking. The Judge will be determining sentences at a later date. Because of the serious nature of these crimes the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board are conducting an independent serious case review to understand the detail and consider whether the right systems are in place to protect children.
Read a statement from Oxfordshire County Council’s Chief Executive. Professionals should familiarise themselves with the Oxfordshire Professionals’ Handbook on Child Sexual Exploitation and the Oxfordshire Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool.
Positive Peers Project
C4EO has published promising practice details of Positive Peers, a peer education project for schools in Tower Hamlets. It involves a network of Trained Peer Supporters helping students experiencing emotional distress to make healthier and better choices. Further information: C4EO
First Aid Advice for Under-18s
The British Red Cross has launched a campaign giving first aid advice to under-18s so they can help friends who have self-harmed by taking dangerous substances. A poll by the charity reveals that 42% of young people surveyed said that they, or someone they knew, had self-harmed. NHS figures show that between 2001 and 2011, cases of self-poisoning in England, Wales and Northern Ireland increased by 44% from 79,000 to 114,000. Further information: British Red Cross
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
- are a child or young person and you are being abused or neglected
- are a parent or carer and you feel you are harming your child or are close to doing so,
please contact the Children's Social Care team on one of the following numbers:
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
Below are two of the recently developed leaflets produced by the OSCB:
- The 7 Golden Rules for Information Sharing (.pdf, 1.92Mb)
- OSCB Aide Memoire - key contacts and what to do if a child discloses (.pdf, 1.82Mb)
- 10 lessons from SCRs and 10 pitfalls in assessment (.pdf format, 1.10Mb)
- Serious Case Review Summary Document (.pdf format, 3.82Mb)
- Child Protection Conferences - a guide for parents and carers (.pdf format, 1.67Mb)
- Child Protection Conferences - a guide for children and young people (.pdf format, 1.58Mb)
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