New safeguarding advice website for Dorset parents

New safeguarding advice website for Dorset parents

Published by George Sharpe at 1:22pm 9th March 2020. (Updated at 7:31am 10th March 2020)

There's a new website for people in Dorset that are concerned about the safety of children.

It brings together a wide range of information for parents, carers and professionals involved in safeguarding children.

You'll also be able to report any safeguarding concerns you have about children.

Andrew Parry is Dorset council's member for Children and Education and he says that the website is for the public to voice any concern they have about vulnerable persons:

"You can go about making an enquiry to make a safeguarding concern and just pre-empting if there may be an emerging worry with an individual, particularly around areas of neglect where you feel that maybe vulnerable people could be exploited or that you have a worry or concern about. 

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"The website itself does have a reporting function and links you to things like the children's advice and duty service, the CHAD which is a phoneline-based operation, which if you want to speak to somebody in person rather than report it on that facility.

"In addition to our statutory responsibilities around safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, we do recognise that there is much more to be gained if we work in a collaborative way and therefore that is really why we are using far more partnership arrangements, to ensure we get better outcomes for our children and young people."

PDSCP brings the latest updates and advice for people on what to do if they think a child is at risk. It also has training opportunities for professionals, policies, procedures and resources.

The Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership was launched in August last year and brings together Health, Social Care and Police services. 

The new site consolidates information from the former Dorset Safeguarding Children Board and Bournemouth and Poole Local SCB.

"Following the formation of the PDSCP last recognised that we needed a central point of consistent, up to date information that could be easily accessed by both professionals working in safeguarding and the wider public, including parents and carers.

"The new site will be maintained by the PDSCP team and will ensure that they update the site with the latest and more relevant information. 

"One of the aims of the PDSCP is to help children grow up in a safe environment, so we can ensure it has the latest and most relevant information."

The website can be found here.