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Follow the link below to access guidance for both online and face to face training, including information on training requirements dependent on role and frequency of contact with children and young people:

Read the guidance updated in May 2023 here

All practitioners wishing to attend OSCB training courses, need to register on the OSCB training system. For further information, please see the links below.

If you need to contact us regarding a training course you are booked on, please call us on 01865 815843.

Further information on OSCB and external courses:

By registering on the OSCB training site and booking onto a training / learning event, you are agreeing to the OSCB terms and conditions

Training delegates should note that training registers will be shared with OSCB and external trainers as necessary, which include delegate names, organisation name and email addresses.

All delegates are required to register their own OSCB training account using an email with their name / initials in a work email address or a personal email address.

  • New users must register themselves using a personal email or individual work email address
  • Returning users – please DO NOT register a new account if you have changed your job or moved to a new setting. Update your details on your current OSCB registered account
  • Please do not use a generic email address to register an OSCB training account. Do not use for example: or or
  • Headteachers: Please use a work or personal email address with your initials / or name in it, NOT your This enables you to take your training record with you if you change jobs and doesn’t transfer your record to the new headteacher of your school

Line manager details

On registration, you will be required to add your line manager details.

  • Childminders: Please add your own details under the request for Line Manager details
  • Foster Carers: Please enter your Supervising Social Worker’s details for Line Manager details
  • Self-employed: Please enter your own details for Line Manager details


  • You are able to cancel your own place 6 days before the course by logging into the OSCB training / booking system
  • You are not able to cancel your own place with less than 6 days notice. If you wish to cancel your place less than 6 days before the course date you must email the OSCB team on:
  • Charges for non-attendance/late cancellation: If you fail to attend a course you have booked a place on, are over 15 minutes late or cancel with less than 6 days notice, your organisation will be charged a £50 fee

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E-learning Courses

  • An Introduction to Safeguarding’ (level 1 – Introductory)
  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect’ (level 2)
  • Think Family

Core Safeguarding Courses

The OSCB deliver 3 core safeguarding courses;

  • Generalist (Intercollegiate Level 2),  for practitioners who work with children, young people and/or their families for more than 3 hours per month and valid for up to 3 years. This is prerequisite to the specialist and the safeguarding lead course
  • Designated Lead (Intercollegiate Level 3), for those with leadership or management responsibilities for safeguarding children and young people within their role, and/or the named or designated lead professional for their organisation or setting. This course is valid for up to 2 years.

Core Courses for Early Years, Childminders and Play Workers

OSCB run separate Core Courses for Early Years/Childminders/Play Workers. These courses have specific information included for Childminders and those working in an early year’s setting and specify that they are for early years, childminders and childcare settings on the online booking system.

Good Practice Guidance for early years setting regarding expectations of safeguarding training:

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) recommends good practice guidance that all workers in an early years setting in Oxfordshire who have contact with children for 3 hours or more a month should undertake the OSCB’s Level 2 face to face ‘Generalist Safeguarding’ course. This course covers definitions of categories of abuse and signs to be aware of that a child may be at risk, explores the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and local protocols, procedures and contact details of how to report concerns regarding abuse in Oxfordshire.

The OSCB Training programme is delivered by local professionals, working in the Oxfordshire safeguarding partnership. They bring experience and knowledge to the training and can answer questions about local processes and practice. The course content is bespoke to Oxfordshire; it outlines how the safeguarding system works locally and highlights learning themes from case reviews in the county.

The OSCB would endorse those Early Years Settings whose staff have completed the face to face ‘Generalist Safeguarding’ course provided by the OSCB.

All Designated Safeguarding Lead workers must attend an OSCB Level 3 face to face ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ course for multi-agency workers as defined in the EYFS 2017.

Guidance for Childminders

Childminders who are new to the role should attend the ‘Generalist Safeguarding Course’ for Early Years initially.

Once the ‘Generalist Course’ has been completed, they are also required to attend the ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead Course’ for Early Years. Childminders are then required to renew this DSL training every two years but they are not required to renew the Generalist course as well.

Assistant Childminders are only required to attend the Generalist Course, as long as the Lead Childminder is always in attendance in the workplace.

Guidance for governors regarding expectations of safeguarding training

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) recommends good practice guidance that all school governors should complete the OSCB’s ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ eLearning course.

The content of this course is bespoke to Oxfordshire; it highlights local procedures for identifying and reporting abuse in the county and gives clear messages about the importance of escalation of concerns as highlighted in national and local case reviews.

The Lead Governor for safeguarding in the school should attend the OSCB’s Level 3 ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ webinar (online) or face to face course.

Guidance for management committee members in Early Years settings regarding expectations of safeguarding training

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) recommends good practice guidance that all committee members in an Early Years provision should complete the OSCB’s ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ eLearning course.

The content of this course is bespoke to Oxfordshire; it highlights local procedures for identifying and reporting abuse in the county and gives clear messages about the importance of escalation of concerns as highlighted in national and local case reviews.

The Lead Committee Member for safeguarding in the setting should attend the OSCB’s Level 3 ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ face to face course.

Early Help Training

This 1/2 day course is specifically designed to increase confidence, skills and knowledge in supporting families at an early stage. The aims of the course are as follows:

  • Recognise when an Early Help Assessment is required and be familiar with completing this process
  • Understand how to implement a Team around the Family and the benefits of doing so with the family and other professionals
  • Ensure the Childs voice is at the centre
  • Understand the role of the Lead Professional
  • Understand the Think Family agenda and recognise the need for this approach
  • Be familiar with the Threshold of Needs and use this to understand level of concerns, and recognise when to use this to support referrals
  • Be confident about how to access support from the Locality Community Support Service (LCSS)

Themed Courses

The themed courses are available for all professionals working with children, young people and families. These courses are aimed at increasing knowledge on specific safeguarding topics.

Upcoming Training events

Click on a link to register and book

The OSCB can arrange for an approved trainer to deliver Generalist Safeguarding training to staff within your organisation at a location/venue, date and time which is convenient for you. However there is a charge of £350 to train up to 25 professionals. If you would like more information or would like to arrange a bespoke session please contact the OSCB team at

Generalist Safeguarding Training is the only course that can be delivered in house. This is because the Advanced and Designated Safeguarding Lead Training must be delivered to a multi-agency audience

For information about registering to be part of the OSCB Training Pool email the OSCB Training Co-coordinator on To become an approved trainer, you will need to have completed the Generalist and Designated Safeguarding Lead Training.  

Explanation of and booking on to safeguarding and disability awareness training courses

There is a new, mandatory training package in place for all taxi drivers, coach drivers and passenger assistants in Oxfordshire.

Who is this training for?

  • All licenced drivers within Oxfordshire.
  • Drivers applying for new licences in the districts of South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, Oxford City, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell.
  • Taxis Drivers, Coach Drivers & Passenger Assistants applying for a new Oxfordshire County Council Transport badge (school badge).
  • Taxis Drivers, Coach Drivers & Passenger Assistants applying for a renewal Oxfordshire County Council Transport badge (school badge).

Training content

  • The new course will include Safeguarding and Disability Awareness Training for coach drivers, taxi drivers and passenger assistants.
  • The course will be split into two halves (Disability Awareness Training and Safeguard Training) and will be followed by a compulsory multiple-choice test.
  • Attendees must read and understand the Training manual. It compliments the training course and the trainers will be available for any questions you may have relating to the manual throughout the course.

Important information

  • The combined Safeguarding and Disability Awareness Training will last a minimum of four hours.
  • There will be no refreshments provided at any of the courses, but all attendees are very welcome to bring their own food and drink.
  • The multiple-choice test will run in test conditions and in a closed book format. There is no time limit for the test and if an attendee needs help with reading the test, the training team will be happy to do this for them if requested. The training team are not able to interpret the course in to other languages and attendees are not able to use mobile translation devices to do so either.
  • Applicants who do not pass will fail the course. Details of the implications
  • If an attendee is nervous, has any concerns or additional requirements, please email ahead of the relevant course date to let the training team know.
  • Charges are applicable for all no-shows and late cancellations.

If you require any assistance or have any queries with the new training package and/or booking system please contact us by emailing

Click here to book safeguarding and disability awareness training for Operators, Drivers, and Passenger Assistants responsible for transporting Children, Young People and Adults with Care and Support Needs in Oxfordshire

All organisations in England that work with or provide services for children and families have a duty to protect their welfare. Staff and volunteers must be recruited following ‘safer recruitment’ procedures, to ensure, as far as possible, that they are suitable to work with children. Ofsted inspectors look for evidence of this.

Training for education and early years settings in Oxfordshire

For information on ‘safer recruitment’ training for schools in Oxfordshire please see the Training, designated lead forums and conference tab of the Schools Safeguarding website.

To book, please visit the Oxfordshire Education Service booking system, where you can find dates and information for all ESAT training courses Oxfordshire Education Services

For information on ‘safer recruitment’ training for early years settings in Oxfordshire please see Oxfordshire Education Services

NSPCC training for non-education: online and face-to-face training courses

Developed by specialist child protection and human resource safeguarding experts, the NSPCC’s elearning and face-to-face training courses will teach you to how to safely recruit the right staff and volunteers to ensure they are safe to work with children and young people. NSPCC safer recruitment courses are suitable for a range of sectors, including:

  • voluntary sector
  • community groups
  • faith organisations
  • social care
  • young people’s offending and probation services
  • health sector
  • children’s leisure and entertainment
  • services for children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • welfare and family support services
  • youth support organisations
  • commercial organisations and small businesses.

Online training 

Face-to-face training

Call 0116 234 7246 or email  if you have any questions.

The Channel General Awareness e-learning is no longer available. It has been replaced by Home Office Prevent eLearning, that can be undertaken to raise awareness about spotting the signs and making a referral to Channel.

Safer Oxfordshire Partnership have developed the following Working with Individuals Vulnerable to Extremism: Practice Guidance to compliment the training. Three e-Learning packages are currently available:

Prevent Awareness

This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Prevent Awareness eLearning

Prevent Referrals

This package builds on the Prevent awareness eLearning training. It is designed to make sure that when we share a concern that a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that the referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Prevent Referrals eLearning 

Channel Awareness

This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel. It is aimed at all levels, from a professional asked to input and attend for the first time, to a member of staff new to their role and organising a panel meeting.

Channel Awareness eLearning

Once you have completed the courses you will be able to access certificates for proof of completion.

There are also NHS Packages available

Oxfordshire Guidance, pathway and referral

Please find below, supporting guidance on PREVENT:

Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2023

The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk from terrorism to the UK, its citizens and interests overseas, so people can live freely and with confidence. Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2023 – GOV.UK (



Do you have conversations with others as part of your job role? If so, Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training could be for you!

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about utilising the day-to-day interactions we have with others to help people make positive changes to their physical and mental health and access the support they need. It is intended for anyone who has contact with people to “Make Every Contact Count”.

MECC training is available to support staff to gain the skills and confidence needed to have conversations with others about health and wellbeing and then signpost to support services. The training is designed to support you make the most of your everyday conversations and respond appropriately to cues for issues that come up in conversations and may be affecting residents’ wellbeing such as money worries, finding a job, mental health and changes to lifestyle such as healthy eating or stopping smoking.

MECC training consists of a 1 hour e-learning module followed by a 2-3 hour interactive online session which will enable you to practice MECC conversation skills with a MECC trainer.

If you’re interested in cascading training to your own team and would like to become a MECC trainer, MECC Train-the-Trainer courses are also available. These consist of four 2-hour online interactive sessions. You’ll become a member of the MECC trainer network and be invited to other CPD and behaviour change focussed events.

To book a place on the MECC training or MECC Train-the-Trainer courses please email Depending on numbers, bespoke sessions can also be arranged for your team.

If you’d like to find out more about MECC, please email Imogen Coningsby in Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health team