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Children and young people social care comments, compliments and complaints

Tell us when something is good or has gone wrong.

A comment or complaint is when you tell us about something good or something that has gone wrong. If there is a problem, or if you want to tell us about something good, we want to hear from you.

Unhappy with the service or care you receive?

If you are a child or young person and receive care or a service from Oxfordshire County Council, and are unhappy with your worker or the care or service you receive, you have the right to complain about it. You won’t ever be treated unfairly because of something you have said. Use the form below to tell us what you think.

Make a complaint

You can also contact the Comments and Complaints Service by telephone or email.

Why make a comment or complaint?

You have the right to be treated fairly and with respect and to make your own choices whenever possible. If you are unhappy about the service or care you receive from us, it’s very important you let someone know. The good and bad things we hear can help us improve our services.

When you contact us, we will:

  • take everything you have to say seriously
  • help you resolve any complaints as quickly as possible
  • use what you tell us to improve our services
  • not discriminate against you in any way
  • get back to you as quickly as we can.

What happens when you make a complaint?

Once you contact us to make your complaint we will ensure that we respond to you within three days. We usually contact you to find out more about your complaint and advise on how we will work with you to resolve it.

We have three stages to our complaints process.

Stage 1 - informal stage

You can try and resolve your concern directly with your social worker. If you are unable to do this, please contact the Comments and Complaints Service.

Most complaints are successfully resolved at this stage within 10 working days, but if you are unhappy with your Stage 1 response we may offer you a face to face meeting before progressing to Stage 2.

Stage 2 - formal investigation stage

If you still do not think your complaint has been resolved, you can request to progress to Stage 2. In order for us to do this, you need to tell the member of staff dealing with your complaint that you are still not happy and want to take things further or contact us directly.

We will ensure that your complaint is investigated fully and fairly.

When the investigation has been completed, we will contact you with the results and tell you of any action that will be taken. You may also be invited to come and talk with us to discuss the response.

Stage 3 - review panel stage

You can request for your complaint to be reviewed at Stage 3 if you remain unsatisfied with our response.

We will set up a panel of three independent people who will review the Stage 2 investigation. They will report to the Head of Children's Social Care who will consider carefully if there is more that could be done to resolve the complaint.

You will receive a copy of a panel report and the Head of Children's Social Care’s response within 20 days of the panel.

Taking things further

If you feel unhappy with how we handled your complaint, you can speak to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. It is their job to investigate complaints about councils and other organisations in a fair and independent way.

Someone to speak for you

Anyone can help as long as they have your permission.

If you are unhappy or worried about your care, you can speak directly to your carer, social worker,  or Oxfordshire County Council can provide you with someone whose job is to listen to you, help you get your message across and make sure that others listen to you too – they are called advocates. Find out more about advocacy or finding someone to speak for you.

Complaints about Child Protection conferences

The council has a separate process for complaints about Child Protection Conferences.  This is for complaints about the management of the conference, the decision about the category or harm or professionals' contributions, performance or provisions of services.

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