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Welcome to the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) website

Welcome to the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) website

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. See it. Hear it. Report it.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. See it. Hear it. Report it.

Safeguarding and COVID-19

“During the COVID-19 crisis, it is particularly important to safeguard adults with care and support needs. They may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect as others may seek to exploit disadvantages due to age, disability, mental or physical impairment or illness.

These groups may be targeted because of a number of factors. Generally speaking they may need assistance with some tasks, be less up to speed with technology, more welcoming of new contacts, more trusting and – for many older people – wealthier. There is evidence that social isolation increases the likelihood of abuse. Many older and disabled people spend long periods at home alone, and now as the whole nation is being asked to stay at home the same groups are more likely to be alone rather than in a family group

At a time of international crisis, those who seek to exploit these vulnerabilities are quick to act. We will all have been warned of new scams offering help and advice on COVID-19 or with financial assistance. Many of us will have concerns for family members who may fall prey to fraudsters.” message from Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

You can access SCIE’s full website briefing here.


Volunteering – how can you do your bit?

If you or someone you know has any spare time outside of work and would like to volunteer, our voluntary and community sector partners can direct you to opportunities in your area. With the Government announcement that the most vulnerable in our communities will need to self-isolate for 12 weeks, your help is needed more than ever.

It could be delivering essentials, putting the bins out for someone, or being on the other end of a phone, there are hundreds of opportunities available across Oxfordshire for you to get involved. If you live in Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire or Cherwell visit Oxfordshire All In , for Oxford City visit Oxford Together.


Domestic Abuse

We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them.

There are three new resources to help support people through this time, and more will be added as things progress. As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police.

Reducing the Risk:

Women’s Aid:



OSAB Face-to-Face Safeguarding Training

Due to the Government’s announcement made on 16.3.2020 around the Coronavirus pandemic, OSAB are cancelling all face to face training sessions up to and including 30th September 2020. All face-to-face course content is still available as e-learning and can be accessed via the training pages of the website.

The situation will be monitored closely and OSAB will provide updates as and when known.


Welcome to the OSAB

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) is a group of statutory, private, voluntary, and independent organisations across Oxfordshire who work together to empower and protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Our purpose is to raise awareness and promote the welfare of adults at risk by the development of an effective co-operative. The co-operative is committed to ensuring the work done effectively brings about good outcomes for adults so they can live safe and secure lives.

This website is designed for use by anyone who works with adults at risk. The aim being to provide a range of useful information and guidance around adult safeguarding issues, to support your work in promoting the welfare of adults who use your services

Our Services

Latest News

August 10, 2020

OSAB Annual Report – 2019-20

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board are pleased to share our Annual Report for 2019-20. The report has been redesigned with […]
May 15, 2020

Statement on Learning Disability Deaths during COVID-19

During the current COVID-19 crisis, the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board has continued to function as before with minimal disruption to […]
March 23, 2020

Cancellation of face to face training

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)  Due to the Government’s announcement made on 16.3.2020 around the Coronavirus pandemic, OSAB are cancelling all face to […]

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Our Partners

South Central Ambulance Service
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
West Oxfordshire District Council
Oxford City Council
Cherwell District Council
Vale of White Horse District Council
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company
South Oxfordshire District Council
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Oxfordshire County Council
Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
National Probation Service
Healthwatch Oxfordshire
Age UK Oxfordshire