The Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’

Safeguarding children and young people is everybody's responsibility. Professionals need the knowledge and skills to identify and respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns.

Professionals need to be able to recognise when a child or young person is not achieving their developmental potential, or when their health is impaired; and being able to identify sources of help for them and their families.

It is important to identify concerns as early as possible so that children, young people and parents and carers can get the help they need.

If you have concerns about a child or young persons safety you should contact the DHFT Safeguarding Named Professionals:

Liz Balfe, Named Nurse - 01305 361447

Dr Cheryl Bailey, Named Doctor - 01202 584600

OR your local Social Care

Bournemouth Social Care

Address: 79 Lansdown Road,Bournemouth, Dorset. BH1 1RP
Telephone: 01202 458089
Fax: 01202 451052

Poole Social Services

Address: 14a Commercial Road, Poole. BH14 0JW
Telephone: 01202 735046
Fax: 01202 175589

Dorset Social Services

Ferndown - Telephone: 01202 877445
Christchurch - Telephone: 01202 474106
Purbeck (Wareham) - Telephone: 01929 553456
Dorchester - Telephone: 01305 251414
Bridport - Telephone: 01308 422234
North Dorset - Telephone: 01258 472652
Sherbourne - Telephone: 01935 814104
Weymouth and Portland - Telephone: 01305 760139

Out of Hours Social Services

Telephone: 01202 657279

Police Child Protection unit - Poole and Bournemouth

Telephone: 01202 552099

Police Child Protection Unit - Dorset

Telephone: 01305 251212

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