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.

Following recent reporting in the news of some serious incidents involving child sexual exploitation, the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board would like to reassure families and people working with children that all abuse is taken very seriously in Dorset.

To talk to somebody about a child

To refer to the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Children Procedures

To access information on working with sexually exploited children, please

To access safeguarding training .


Use the coloured tabs on 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 work with children and families

if you are a parent or carer looking for help

if you are a child or young person needing some support


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.

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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