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How can I get involved?

The OCVA have set up a Children and Young People’s Forum forum open to all those groups working with children and young people. To find out more please contact the OCVA on 01865 251946.
The forum has nominated two Board members and one deputy Board member. They are mandated to bring our own voluntary sector perspectives to the Board and, where possible, to consult on substantial issues with the wider VCS.

This is undertaken through on-line communication and regular meetings of OCVA’s Children and Young People’s Forum which is facilitated by Gillian Warson (gillian.warson@ocva.org.uk). Reciprocally they act as a channel of communication from the Board to the sector. Their role is to ensure that:

  • The voluntary and community sector’s (VCS) voice is heard
  • The sector’s local knowledge and expertise helps enable the Board to meet its and our safeguarding responsibilities
  • Decisions being made draw on the cumulative expertise of the sector and take into account the unique and, in these times of austerity, increasingly valuable role that the sector plays in the provision of services to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

About the VCS Board members

Clive Peters is a former Headteacher of an Oxfordshire Special School and Head of the Oxfordshire Physical Disability Service, he retired in 2007. He is presently a governor of two Oxfordshire schools, where he is the governor link for Safeguarding issues.

Clive is also a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Outdoor Learning Trust (OOLT) (www.oolt.org.uk) and of the Borien Educational Foundation for South Africa (BEFSA) (www.befsa.org)

Simon Brown is CEO of The FASD Trust, an Oxford based charity, which he founded with his wife.(www.fasdtrust.co.uk) It has grown from humble roots in Witney to be the UK’s leading charity in this field, supporting thousands of individuals and families affected by FASD (foetal alcohol spectrum disorders) not only in the UK, but increasingly overseas.

Simon is also one of the Directors of The Oxford Foundation for FASD, (www.oxfordfoundation-fasd.com) a project of The FASD Trust, engaging with professionals and encouraging research in the field of FASD. Simon has experience from engaging at Governmental level (see www.appg-fasd.org.uk) to on a personal level being a “service user” as dad of a child with special needs. Simon and Julia have 3 children, two of whom they originally fostered.


The VCS deputy Board member

Romy Briant has worked across the statutory and voluntary sectors. She qualified and worked as a social worker in child protection in South London, and subsequently worked as a volunteer in Oxford developing community projects and resources with a focus on special needs and inclusion. More recently she has been director of Relate Oxfordshire, Chair of Home-Start Oxford and founder trustee of Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse www.reducingtherisk.org.uk which she currently chairs. She has represented the voluntary sector in Oxfordshire on various Partnerships including OSCB.

She now deputises for Clive and Simon – and is voluntary sector representative to the OSCB subgroup for quality assurance, to the Safer Oxfordshire Partnership Oversight Committee and the Oxfordshire Partnership.