The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board



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“Welcome to the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board website!  Our vision is to make sure that children and young people feel safe and cared for so this site brings together information for children, young people and their families and information for anyone who works with them.  It also provides an overview of the responsibilities, structure and work of the Board. We are always keen to have feedback on the work we do, so if you would like to send us a comment, please click on the feedback link at the top of this page.”

- Cliff Turner, Independent Chair of the DSCB.



Serious Case Review Publication

In March 2014 the DSCB published a Serious Case Review (SCR) in respect of “Family S11″ which considers the professional responses relating to the death of a teenager in 2013.  The Overview Report for Family S11 can be located here on our Serious Case Review information page


Agency Safeguarding Audit against Section 11 of Children Act 2004

For guidance and examples for those agencies notified of their audit requirement in March 2014, please click here


Dorset Safeguarding Children Week 18-22 November 2013: Raising awareness about keeping children and young people safe

Dorset Safeguarding Children Week happened from 18th to 22nd  November 2013 and its aim was to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of safeguarding children and the fact that it is everyone’s business.

  • Do you know how to keep your child safe on the internet?
  • Are you concerned about bullying?
  • How does alcohol or drug abuse in the home affect children?
  • What happens to children who witness domestic violence?
  • Who cares for young carers?

These are some of the important issues that Safeguarding Week highlighted because they affect hundreds of families across the whole of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole every year.

Safeguarding Week is about making everyone aware of the risks that children find themselves in.

During the week we published articles on internet safety, bullyingand other issues which were featured in local newspapers and magazines. You can look at these articles here.

In Dorset there are two organisations that are focussed on the safety and welfare of our children. These are the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards, one for families in Bournemouth and Poole, and one for the rest of Dorset. They were created to bring together a range of professionals who work with children and families to ensure that children grow up safely.

However, safeguarding children is everybody’s business not just the responsibility of those professionals who work with children in schools, hospitals and youth services.

Watch our Safeguarding Week launch on You Tube

If you are concerned about a child or young person do you know what to do?

Click here for more information


A little bit about us…

In 2006, the Children Act 2004 placed a requirement on the Local Authority, along with its statutory partners, to set up a Local Safeguarding Children Board.

The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) was therefore set up in order to make sure that key agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Dorset.

As a statutory Board, the DSCB has a strong membership of key partner agencies who all come together to ensure that we:

  • protect children from maltreatment
  • prevent impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • undertake that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully
  • promote a safe environment free from violence.

For more information please contact the DSCB Business Manager Nina Coakley at or on 01305 221192.

Using our website

Please use the coloured tabs at the top of this page to access the section of the site most relevant to your needs. You may, of course, also explore other areas of the site if you wish to.

If you would like to leave us some feedback about your experience using this website or any other issues relating to children and young people, please click the feedback link in the top right-hand corner of this page.

The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board work closely with the Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board in order to better safeguard children across Dorset.  To access the website for Bournemouth and Poole LSCB please visit:

Equality and Diversity

The DSCB expect all staff to be proactive and ensure they respond appropriately with regard to the safeguarding of children and young people. Staff should recognise and support equality and diversity issues and understand the additional vulnerabilities faced by children and young people, including:

  • those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds;
  • children who are disabled;
  • refugees or asylum seekers;
  • those who are transgender;
  • children who have a particular sexual orientation;
  • children from all faiths and beliefs;
  • those who have diverse communication needs;
  • those living in rural settings.

The DSCB does not tolerate any lower standard of care or welfare on the part of any child or young person as a result of them belonging to these groups.



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