The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board

Welcome to the website for the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board.  You will find information on the site about how to keep children safe from abuse and neglect and what to do if a child is being harmed.

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Click on the relevant button for help and guidance:


Use the coloured tabs at the top of this page to access the section of the site most relevant to your needs.

if you work with children

if you are a parent or carer

if you are a child or young person

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Voluntary and Community Sector Safeguarding Survey

The Safeguarding Board has a statutory requirement to ensure that children are being cared for and protected by all services and whilst undertaking activities in the community.  The Board are therefore launching a survey to understand the levels of safeguarding provision within the Dorset voluntary sector.

The survey is designed to help settings understand how well they are fulfilling their safeguarding role and to perhaps help to identify any areas for improvement.  The purpose of the survey is to support groups in ensuring the safety and welfare of the children and families with whom you have contact. Following completion of the survey, groups will receive individual feedback by 30 September and their responses will be incorporated into an overview report for the Safeguarding Board on 5 December 2016.

This survey is being undertaken in collaboration with the Dorset 0-19 youth forum and Dorset Youth Association.  If you have any questions about the survey please contact the DSCB on 01305 221196 or at dorsetlscb@dorsetcc.gcsx.gov.uk

To access the survey, click here and be sure to complete it by 9 September 2016.

The NSPCC has developed guidance and a wall chart entitled ‘Are They Safe?’ specifically for voluntary and community groups. These set out expectations and responsibiliites for settings and help to identify areas where improvement may be required.

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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.

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: www.bournemouth-poole-lscb.org.uk

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Who are we?

Sarah Elliott, Independent Chair

Nina Coakley, Business Manager

Rick Dowell, Child Death Review Manager

Nicola Pengelly, Pan Dorset Training Coordinator

Vacant, Pan Dorset Training Administrator

Niki Ayles, DSCB Administrator

Emma Porter, Child Death Review Administrator

For more information please contact the DSCB on 01305 221122 or email us at dorsetlscb@dorsetcc.gcsx.gov.uk


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.

For more information on faith groups provided by the Safe Network, please click here

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