Don't delay, report concerns

The Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) provides advice and guidance to universal professional partner agencies including schools, health and voluntary and community groups, across Oxfordshire when emerging concerns are raised for children that do not require an immediate safeguarding response.

The LCSS are the first point of contact where non-immediate safeguarding concerns are identified.

For further details:https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/children-education-and-families/childrens-services/integrated-childrens-services/locality-and-community-support

It is not your responsibility to decide whether abuse or bullying is taking, or has taken place. It is your responsibility to report concerns in order that the appropriate agencies can make enquiries and take any necessary action to protect a child or young person.

The discovery that someone is or may be at risk from abuse will raise strong emotions and concerns. You should never delay reporting your concerns and allegations made by children, young people or adults, particularly those that are vulnerable, must never be dismissed.

Knowing when to report concerns about an adult is a little more complicated due to their right to withhold consent for you to share information about them but in most cases it will still be appropriate to share your concerns with others. The information above sets out simple steps of how to report a concern.

Active Oxfordshire has Designated Safeguarding Officers. If you are worried about the safety of child or vulnerable adult taking part in an activity run by the Active Oxfordshire, or in another sporting environment, contact us using the details below or call the main office line on 07741733775.