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Keeping People Safe

If you have any concerns that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may be at risk of harm, neglect or abuse you have a responsibility to pass on these concerns to the Oxfordshire Children and Young People Safeguarding Board or Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Board.

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Boards

Safeguarding Policy

PDF icon Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy (250kB PDF)

Causes of harm, neglect or abuse may include:

Sexual abuse
This may involve forcing or enticing a child, young person or vulnerable adult to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the person is aware of what is happening.

Physical abuse
This may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm.

Emotional abuse
The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, such as to cause sever and persistent adverse effects on the persons emotional development. This may involve:

  • conveying to people that they are worthless
  • inappropriate expectations being imposed upon people
  • hearing and seeing the maltreatment of another person
  • cyber bullying. (bullying through use of email, texts or social media sites).

The persistent failure to meet the child's, young person's or vulnerable adult's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in serious impairment of the child's health and development. This may involve:

  • substance misuse whilst pregnant
  • inadequate supervision
  • lack of provision of basic needs, such as food, clothing and bedding.

Financial abuse
Including theft, fraud, or exploitation and the misuse of position or authority for financial gain. This may include stealing and withholding money from a person. 


  • If the person is at risk of immediate harm contact the police.
  • Do not confront an alleged abuser.
  • Ensure that information is kept confidential and is only shared with those who need to know.

Allegations against staff

If you wish to make an allegation about a volunteer or staff member it must be reported to the Head of Human Resources, immediately. He will ensure that the correct steps are followed and advise on any further actions that need to be taken.

Useful Contacts

Oxfordshire County Council Assessment Team 0845 050 7666
Oxfordshire County Council Emergency Duty Team
(After 5pm Mon - Thur and 4pm on Fri)
0800 833408
Non Emergency Police Team
(For reporting historic concerns)


Oxford City Council Useful Contacts

Simon Howick,
Head of Human Resoruces
01865 252547
Mike Newman,
Corporate Secretariat Manager
01865 252140
Stephen Clarke,
Head of Housing
t 01865 252447
Val Johnson,
Partnership Development Manager
t 01865 252209


Safeguarding Self-assessment 2014-15

PDF icon Safeguarding Self-assessment 2014-15 (PDF)

Safeguarding Children Review 2013

SMH Associates Ltd was commissioned Oxford City Council to undertake an independent review of Council's Safeguarding Children - Section 11 Self-Assessment. The resulting report can be found below:

PDF icon Safeguarding Children Review - October 2013 (PDF)

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More information

For those receiving support from our housing services visit our Protection from Abuse page.

For more information on domestic violence, visit our Domestic Abuse page.

Page last updated 26 August 2015


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