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What is the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB)?

Two people shaking hands across the picture.The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) is a multi-agency partnership that promotes the development of adult safeguarding work throughout Oxfordshire.

The Board consists of senior officers nominated by each of the main agencies, who are responsible for developing and maintaining strong and effective inter-agency protocols to safeguard vulnerable adults from abuse.

Members have sufficient delegated authority to effectively represent their agency and to make decisions on their agency’s behalf.

Board Members are committed

Board Members are expected to commit to attending all four board meetings a year. Members unable to attend ensure that a deputy attends on their behalf. If they are unable to attend Board Meetings for any reason they send a representative of sufficient seniority.


All member organisations are committed to implementing the Safeguarding Adults Board policies and procedures and work to achieve the following six key principles through the board’s strategy and strategic work plans.

The Six Key Principles

Empowerment: Taking a person-centred approach, whereby users feel involved and informed.

Protection: Delivering support to victims to allow them to take action which protects them from further harm.

Prevention: Responding quickly to all allegations of abuse.

Proportionality: Ensuring outcomes are appropriate for the individual.

Partnership: Information is shared appropriately, and the person is involved.

Accountability: All agencies have a clear leadership role in promoting the key principles adopted by the Board.

Government Advice

The six key principles also follow government advice set out in the following three documents.

  1. The Care Act 2014
  2. Making Safeguarding Personal Support for Safeguarding Adults Boards (2017) Local Government Association, London 
  3. Safeguarding Adults (2017) NHS England 

The SAB has been there to provide leadership and oversight of effective inter-agency collaboration on a statutory bases since April 2015.