What is the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB)?

Children can only be kept safe properly if key agencies work together. Local Safeguarding Children Boards were established by the Children Act 2004 to help make sure this happens.

Known locally as the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) the Board is the means by which organisations come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The role of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is to scrutinise and monitor this process, and to ensure that local agencies co-operate and work well to achieve this.

The Board’s core objectives are set out in the Childrens Act 2004 and the functions are set out in ‘Working together to safeguard children’. They cover communication, quality assurance, learning from serious case reviews, reviewing child deaths and ensuring sound safeguarding policies and procedures are in place.

The OSCB has an interim Independent Chair – Paul Burnett, who has been in post since April 2016. Every LSCB must have an Independent Chair who can hold all agencies to account by scrutinising and monitoring their work with children and young people.

The OSCB is made up of 34 representatives from key local agencies and organisations.

OSCB website: http://www.oscb.org.uk

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