Sector support

Oxfordshire Youth is proud to have supported our county’s vibrant youth sector for almost 80 years. Our sector support team aspires to power the sector, ensuring that all young people – whoever and wherever they are – can access high quality provision.

Thanks to new National Lottery Community Fund and The Prudence Trust funding, we are thrilled to be able to invest in the youth sector in new and innovative ways, building on our previous success in delivering excellent learning and development programmes, superb conferences and providing consistent advice and guidance to youth leaders. 

Youth practitioner wellbeing: our Wellbeing Programme supports everyone working tirelessly with young people facing complex challenges. It recognises the emotional toll this work can take, and offers skills-based sessions enabling them to respond to acute and complex issues such as suicide ideation, self harm, anxiety and social media bullying whilst guides practitioners to develop self-care techniques and support networks.

Leadership development and youth work training: OY offers mentoring for new and emerging leaders and an annual Leadership and Wellbeing retreat for established senior staff that develops and expands the pool of leaders shaping and inspiring organisations across the county. We are proud to offer full bursary places on Level 2 & 3 youth work qualification pathways funded by the National Lottery, Prudence Trust and National Youth Agency.

Equity, diversity and inclusion: OY is intentionally developing provision and leaders to ensure equality of access to appropriate youth work support. Our Sector EDI Group, provides a space for committed leaders to steer OY’s sector support to those that need it most.

Financial sustainability: OY supports youth organisations with this significant systemic challenge, enabling high quality fundraising and financial management and providing space to discuss and respond to the constant pressure and stress of fundraising.

Changemakers: OY’s core support offer continues to be delivered through the strength and diversity of the Changemaker Network. Organisations registered with us, demonstrate their commitment to good practice and building a community of empowered youth practitioners across the county.

To access or find out more about any of our plans to support the youth sector follow the links on this page or contact us.   

Oxfordshire Youth celebrates the expertise and exemplary practice of everyone involved in the youth work sector. You are the drivers of positive change. And to make meaningful differences in the lives of those you work with, you need brilliant training. From youth workers to volunteers, trustees to children and young adults’ staff, you are there supporting young people, enabling employees and educating families and carers.

Engage with us for career enriching experiences that allow you to bring the best possible version of yourself to your work and deliver top outcomes for the children and young people you support.

To find out more, email:

Joining our Changemaker Network connects you with other voluntary sector organisations and unlocks a host of benefits.

Members receive:

  • access to The Children and Young People’s Forum – a collective voice for the sector
  • subsidised/free access to networking and partnership events
  • youth work training for staff, trustees and volunteers
  • eight admin fee-free DBS checks per year
  • reduced fee DBS processing and application support
  • regular communications offering sector insight information and support about funding opportunities and grants
  • opportunity to share vacancies and information on your work via our monthly newsletter.
  • bespoke youth work and youth leadership development
  • continuing professional development resources
  • one free ticket to the Annual Youth Work Conference, and half price additional tickets thereafter
  • access to Directory of Members
  • opportunity to join thematic and geographical sub-groups to share information and establish partnerships
  • access to a database of youth workers being collated in times of need and additional staffing.

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What is the Disclosure and Barring Service?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

If you are volunteering or applying for paid work with children, or to work in a regulated activity with adults, then you will need a DBS check.


DBS checks are easy, once you understand the reasons for the questions you will be asked.

The information that you provide on your DBS application establishes your identity. It provides enough details for checks to be made, so that employers can be as confident as possible that they are recruiting safely.

We offer bespoke training to our Changemakers in filling out these forms and avoiding the most common mistakes. This is especially useful for organisations that recruit a lot of volunteers or staff.

DBS and Changemakers

As part of our package for youth-focused organisations in Oxfordshire that sign up to the Changemaker Network, we will waive our administration fee for the first five DBS applications you submit saving your organisation £10 per DBS check.

What does a DBS check cost?

Standard Enhanced
Changemakers (affiliated) Non-affiliated: not-for-profit organisation Non-affiliated: for-profit organisation Changemakers (affiliated) Non-affiliated: not-for-profit organisation Non-affiliated: for-profit organisation
Volunteer check £5 £15 £50 £5 £15 £50
Paid staff check £28 £38 £68 £48 £58 £88

Frequently asked questions


  1. Once you have enquired about a DBS check, the DBS Administrator will contact you and send you the GOV UK eligibility quiz. This is so we can see what level of check you are eligible for, and whether we are able to offer our services as we do not supply basic DBS checks.
  2. Oxfordshire Youth send the application forms out to applying organisation/individual.
  3. The applying organisation/individual fills it out and sends it back to Oxfordshire Youth.
  4. The form is logged by Oxfordshire Youth, checked for mistakes and an ID verification Zoom call is set up if this hasn’t already been done by the applicant’s evidence-checker in their organisation.
  5. Oxfordshire Youth sends the application to the DBS.
  6. Oxfordshire Youth tracks the progress of the application and chases up any issues with DBS on behalf of the applicant.

Important forms and documents

DBS code of practice

Update Service application checklist

Transgender applications

Declaration of Understanding Form

Continuation sheet

DBS Evidence Checklist

“We have developed such a brilliant relationship with Oxfordshire Youth. I honestly don’t think we’d go anywhere else for training now”

Chiara Querci-Hall, British Gymnastics

Disclosure and Barring Service

Oxfordshire Youth has made it an organisational priority to provide our Changemaker network with a constant D.B.S. service. I am Alice, the D.B.S. Administrator for Oxfordshire Youth, I look forward to receiving and processing your D.B.S. applications. If you have any queries or questions, please feel free to contact me on

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