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Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board have published their latest newsletter. We’ve included a summary of some key content, but you can read the newsletter in full here. At the end of the newsletter are a number of articles relating to domestic abuse in the news that are worth reading.


We now have eLearning courses available for ‘Level 2: Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect’ and ‘Level 3: Advanced / Designated Safeguarding Lead’ training which, once successfully completed, will provide practitioners with a certificate valid for 1 year.

Other courses from our programme have now been successfully translated into virtual delivery in a webinar format and the following courses still have some limited availability; do check out the OSCB website for further details.


  • Generalist – Level 2
  • DSL – Level 3
  • Early Years Generalist
  • Early Years – DSL Level 3
  • Restorative Practice: An Introduction
  • Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Team Around the Family (TAF)
  • Restorative Practice: An Introduction
  • Reducing Parental Conflict
    Domestic Abuse and Young People
  • Complex Trauma and Lost Identities – finding our way together

Domestic Abuse Recovery Pilot Projects:

Seven unique pilot projects have been commissioned from a range of providers to support both adult and children survivors of domestic abuse, experiencing trauma as a result of domestic and sexual abuse, including female genital mutilation, so-called honour-based abuse, and forced marriage.

The pilots will be responding to current need which may have been exacerbated by the recent Coronavirus safety, social distancing and movement restriction measures. The interventions will support those currently in need of trauma informed support to recover from the medium and longer-term effects of domestic abuse. The focus is on supporting survivors to gain further emotional and psychological stability and improved self-actualisation on their journey of recovery. For further information on the support available and referral routes please follow this link.

Family Solutions Plus is live:

Oxfordshire Children’s Services is delighted to announce that the Family Solutions Plus (FSP) model went live at the beginning of November. The model is based on the Family Safeguarding Model, developed in Hertfordshire County Council, and is a model of system change where adult practitioners are embedded within FSP teams with social workers. Teams are trained in motivational interviewing, undertake group case discussion, and follows a structured strengths-based intervention programme known as the workbook. 

To deliver this model in Oxfordshire – we have created 17 teams that will form closer working relationships with local partners including schools, GPs, Community Police Teams, etc. Within the Oxfordshire FSP model we have combined the assessment and intervention services to prevent children and families experiencing multiple changes therefore there will no longer be a separate children and families assessment service. The assessment and intervention services now sit within Family Solutions Plus, meaning less changes in workers for families.