OSE Arrangements for safeguarding welfare and security of child visitors
Oxbridge Summer Education (OSE) programme directors and resident counsellors create a balanced residential, recreational and extracurricular experience for summer school participants.
1.0 OSE STAFF AND KEY SAFEGUARDING ROLES
At OSE, all senior staff are parents themselves and / or have experience in dealing with children in educational settings. The senior staff at OSE Oxford is currently composed of a Programme Director, Outreach and Communications Director, and Education Advisor. The junior staff is composed of student counsellors. Only staff that has gone through Enhanced DBS checks are allowed to be in unattended supervisory roles with children.
Student counsellors, who are at the heart of our programme delivery, are adult University students or recent graduates who serve as an essential part of the OSE experience and are sourced to support and act as role models for OSE participants. As current Oxford students or recent graduates, counsellors have experience in residential life at Oxford Colleges. They live in close, accessible proximity to the participants on each floor to separate participants by gender and age. OSE hires the required number of counsellors to abide by the Oxfordshire County Council guidelines for safeguarding children away from home, such as having available one counsellor for every ten participants: counsellors create a community, are always on hand to look after participants, provide support, organize activities, provide tours, and generally make sure our participants get the most out of their summer experience in Oxford. Alongside the counsellors, at least one OSE senior staff member lives in residence and is available to help address student concerns and emergencies, day or night.
2.0 POLICIES ON SAFETY, SECURITY & SUPERVISION
The safety, security, well-being and welfare of our participants is our top priority. We follow generally accepted guidelines to ensure our participants are looked after, well cared for and safe at all times: