Child Safety

Child Safeguarding Policy

Oxbridge Guardians believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and keep them safe and are committed to practice in a way that protects them. To this end Oxbridge is committed to industry best practice and we have developed our policies and procedures to reflect this. We recommend that at least 1 carer in the Host family takes a level 1 child safeguarding course.

Work within the relevant legal framework in the UK, namely Our

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data protection Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Protection of Freedom Act 2012
  • Relevant government and AEGIS guidance on safeguarding children
  • To protect children and young people who receive Oxbridge Guardians services and
  • To provide staff and homestay families with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding
  • The welfare of the child is paramount in the Children Act 1989
  • All children , regardless of age , disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • Adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff
  • Developing and implementing effective-safety policies and related procedures
  • Providing effective management for staff through supervision , support and training
  • Recruiting staff and homestay families safely , ensuring all safety checks are made
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children , parents, staff and homestay families
  • Sharing concerns with agencies who need to know , and involving parents and children appropriately

• Safe staff and homestay families recruitment policy
• Welfare Health and Safety policy
• Complaints policy and procedure
• Data protection policy
• Physical contact policy
• Flow chart of reporting procedure
• Whistle blowing policy
• Staff training and safeguarding awareness policy

What to do if you have a concern or complaint or you are unsure on what to do with respect to your child?

If there is a concern of any kind about your child, host family, our member of staff or any aspect that is related to child safeguarding and protection, then please ring the office or contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead on: +44 (0)7837778298 or steph.gilbert@oxbridgeguardians.co.uk