Helping families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to find local childcare, services and activities
Also known as the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub), Dorset Safeguarding brings agencies together in one place and includes staff from Dorset and the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council children's social care services alongside Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Police.
Based in a shared space in Poole, the Dorset Safeguarding Team seeks to enhance the safeguarding of children by improving information sharing and decision making practices, by working together collaboratively for a more effective service for the children and young people of the county.
While there continues to be individual accountability of each agency, the co-located partners now function with agreed protocols for information sharing and procedures, and there is also an agreed workflow model for consistency of processes and prioritisation of cases.
Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30 to 5.15 pm and Fridays 8.30 to 4.45 pm.
The Children's Social Care Out of Hours service is the emergency response service for any child who is in crisis, needs urgent help or is at serious risk of significant harm. Hours of operation are 5pm to 9am from Monday to Friday, all day Saturdays and Sundays and all bank holidays. Their phone number is 01202 738256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org