Safeguarding and Prevent

The Council has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in carrying out our work and delivering services. This includes safeguarding vulnerable people from extremism (known as the Prevent duty).  This duty applies to everyone, including councillors, permanent, temporary and casual staff, volunteers and contractors.

Our Policy

Our policy on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, and our responsibilities under the Prevent duty, is reviewed regularly to ensure it reflects new guidance issued or changes to our internal processes.

If you would like to read the full policy, a copy can be accessed by clicking on this link. (1.5 MB) Word 97-2003


All our staff are trained to have a basic understanding of the principles of safeguarding and Prevent and the councils' policy and procedures on these subjects. Some of our teams work closely with other agencies on safeguarding and Prevent matters and receive additional training to reflect this. 

Training is also available to all councillors and can be requested by sending an email to

Reporting concerns

It is everyone's duty to report any concerns that they may have about the wellbeing of a child, young person or vulnerable adult and it is important that these concerns are reported through the correct route.  

Members of the public are advised to contact the appropriate Safeguarding Board - those details and a link to their websites are given below.  If someone is in immediate danger, please always call 999.

If you are a councillor and you have any concerns, these should be reported as soon as possible to: 
Liz Hayden (Designated Officer) – 01235 422554 or 07733 315 009

If Liz is not available, please contact either: 
Margaret Reed (Deputy Designated Officer) – 01235 422550 or 07801 203 603 
Donna Pentelow (Deputy Designated Officer) – 01235 422683 or 07917 088 344 

The Designated Officers may ask you to complete a referral form which can be accessed here. (26.2 KB) Word 2007

If you cannot contact Liz, Margaret or Donna, please contact either Sally Truman (07717 271893) or Debbie Adams (01235 422142) for advice.

If you are informing us of a safeguarding issue involving a member of the council's staff or a councillor, please contact the Designated Officer Liz Hayden on the telephone numbers given above or contact the Chief Executive if the issue involves the Designated Officer.

Information sharing

Sharing relevant information between agencies is an important element in promoting and safeguarding the well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults. To help you know when you should share information requested please follow the 'seven golden rules to information sharing This link will take you to an external website... '.

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is the local statutory mechanism through which agencies cooperate to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils share attendance at the board on a rotating basis with the other Oxfordshire district councils. The OSCB website is a useful resource, containing information about safeguarding and available training This link will take you to an external website... .

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) is the equivalent body for adults.  As before, the OSAB website holds a great deal of information. This link will take you to an external website...

Oxfordshire Channel Panel

The Channel Panel in Oxfordshire supports children and adults with care and support needs who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It brings together a range of agencies (including the Council) to put support plans in place for the individuals who are at risk of being radicalised.

For more information about the Panel and about the Prevent duty, please click on this link   

Last reviewed: 01 - 11 - 2018

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