Training and resources

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) provides a range of short online training courses, free of charge.  Their training directory includes a flowchart which explains the level of safeguarding training appropriate to your activity.

Update August 2016: A new Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) is currently developing a range of training courses.

Appropriate level of training

If you will be working with children you must complete a short on-line training programme "An Introduction to Safeguarding Children".

If you will be working with 'at risk' adults you should complete the online training programme "Safeguarding Everyone: protecting children, young people and adults at risk".

You may decide that the nature of the activity requires more detailed training and face-to-face 'Generalist' safeguarding training is also available.

For further information please see the OSCB training brochure which can be downloaded at:

[NB The University's two Safeguarding Leads (the Director of HR and Director of Student welfare and support services) and their deputies will undertake the 'Designated Lead' training.]

How to book training

All courses can be accessed via the OSCB's training portal

You will need to register for an account. Within the training portal click on the 'Requested learning' tab in order to see the list of available courses.

Courses do not have to be completed in one sitting, and can be accessed from anywhere.

The on-line system will retain a list of the training you have completed, and you can revisit and review the training at any point.

When you have completed a course you can print off a certificate confirming this. The safeguarding lead for the activity you are going to take part in may ask for a copy of this certificate as part of the risk assessment for the activity.

Risk assessment

Given the wide range of activities that are carried out across the University it is not possible to provide a one-size-fits-all risk assessment template which will cover all eventualities.

A suggested pro-forma is available as a starting point, but it is recognised that this will not fit all activities.

Safeguarding proforma risk assessment example (16kb)

An example, describing how a number of common scenarios might be risk assessed can be downloaded: Safeguarding risk assessment example completed (17kb)

You may wish to carry out your safeguarding risk assessment as part of your roader activity risk assessment encompassing Health and Safety and other considerations. 

For Health and Safety guidance on young people in the work place please read the Safety Office guidance