Meet the team
The OSCB aims to keep children in Oxfordshire as safe as possible by making sure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities regarding safeguarding through training, learning and local resources. The Business Unit supports the OSCB to do this.
Our Business Unit is funded through partnership contributions. There are six of us but only two of us are full-time. We sit next to the education safeguarding advice team on the 4th floor in county hall. The County Council is our main funder and accountable body but really everything we do is done in partnership with colleagues not just from social care, education and community safety but health, police, schools and the voluntary sector to name a few. Our chair is independent and from Barnardo’s, which helps to ensure that the partnership has independent scrutiny and challenge. We are a small but established team, passionate about keeping children safe and committed to our work.
Over the last 12 months we have worked with the OSCB Chair, Richard Simpson, to refresh the board structure. We have kept the same name but now refer to ‘three safeguarding partners’. This means that the OSCB has a new executive group comprising the county council chief executive, the chief officer from the clinical commissioning group and the assistant chief constable from the police. Our overall new safeguarding arrangements are outlined in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements Publication.
Our role is varied as a team: we organise over 60 partnership meetings each year, keep 6 partnership reviews underway, organise training for over 6000 practitioners across the county each year and lead 3 learning events and an annual conference. We have developed safeguarding advice and guidance, which you can find on our website as well as the ten most frequent learning points from serious case reviews.