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 Safeguarding Children Board or Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Boards

Safeguarding Policy

Oxford City Council Safeguarding Policy

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 Business Improvement, immediately. She 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) - 101

Oxford City Council Designated Safeguarding Leads

Nerys Parry, Head of Housing

Helen Bishop, Head of Business Improvement

Richard Adams, Community Safety Service Manager

Safeguarding Self-assessment

See our latest Safeguading Self-assessment Audits

Preventing extremism

Oxfordshire Prevent

Modern Slavery Act - Transparency Statement

Modern Slavery Act - Transparency Statement

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.