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This document has been developed by Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Members in response to             findings from case reviews and audits which have shown the need for better shared understanding by agencies. It provides guidance for professionals and service users, to clarify the circumstances in which the children’s social care service and early intervention service will assist and safeguard children and young people and their families in Oxfordshire and how these responsibilities will be carried out. It describes in detail the different levels of childrens needs; professionals in statutory and voluntary agencies in Oxfordshire have developed thresholds of needs.

Useful Links

  • Action for Children
    – a national charity that provides services for children, young people and families, as well as carrying out research on child abuse and neglect.
  • Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
    – a national charity that has been advising parents and carers of children aged 5-16.
    – Africans Unite against Child Abuse
  • Barnardos
    – every child has the right to grow up in a safe, secure and loving home. Vulnerable children need your help.
  • Barnardos Spot The Signs
    – advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe.
  • CEOP
    – is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
  • Child Bereavement UK
    – support children and families when facing bereavement and offer training to professionals.
  • ChildLine
    – free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem. They have counsellors who are always there to help you sort it out.
  • Department for Education (DfE)
    – UK government department with responsibility for infant, primary and secondary education.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service
    – The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
  • Family Lives
    – Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.
  • The Hideout
    – Women’s Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action.
  • i-HOP: Supporting Children and Families of Offenders
    – is commissioned by the Department for Education, responds to the need for professionals to have access to services, resources and strategies to support these often vulnerable children and families. Developed and delivered by Barnardo’s and POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group), i-HOP, provides a national one-stop information and advice service for all professionals working with children and families of offenders.
    – runs a wide range of services across the UK for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects; help for children & young people via ChildLine (0800 1111) and help for adults concerned about a child help and advice (0808 800 5000).
  • Oxfordshire Family Information Service (OxonFIS)
    – provides information and support for children, young people and families in Oxfordshire
  • PACE – Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation
    – is a free online package for parents launched in partnership with Virtual College equips parents to recognise the signs and act.
  • Scope
    –  support disabled people and their families to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
  • Trauma and Abuse Support Centre
    –  help for adults sexually abused in childhood.
  • Womens Aid
    –  the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.
  • SupportLine
    –  a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.