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Child protection and how to report a concern

If you're concerned that a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, and you believe it requires urgent action, call the police on 999.

You're concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in the Dorset area

Contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service (CHAD) if you're concerned about the safety and wellbeing of children and young people:

Children's Advice and Duty Service

Name: Single point of contact for safeguarding concerns
Tel: 01305228866
Full contact details for Children's Advice and Duty Service

Professionals

If you're a professional and you're concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in the Dorset area contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service. This is a dedicated line for professionals. One of our consultant social workers will:

  • talk through your concerns
  • discuss what action is needed
  • help make sure the child receives the right support at the right time

We won't ask you to fill out a referral form. We'll talk through your worries and agree the best way to meet the needs of the child and support their family.

Children's Advice and Duty Service for professionals

Name: Single point of contact for professionals for safeguarding concerns
Tel: 01305228558
Full contact details for Children's Advice and Duty Service for professionals

See our adult abuse page for contact details for young people aged 18 to 25.

You're concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in the Christchurch area

Contact Bournemouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

What to report

The following websites are useful for you if you're worried about a child or for children who want to speak to someone:

  • NSPCC for information about the different types of child abuse and what you should do if you're worried about a child
  • Childline for private and confidential phone calls for children up to 18 years
  • Bullying UK for support for children and young people who are being bullied
  • Frank for friendly, confidential advice and questions about drugs
  • Anti-Bullying Alliance for information about how to stop bullying
  • Think U Know for keeping children and young people safe online
  • CEOP for developing child safeguarding policies and providing advice on making the internet safer for young people

What to do if you're worried about child sexual abuse.

Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB)

Visit the DSCB website for further advice and support if you have concerns about a child.

The DSCB brings together information for:

  • children
  • young people
  • their families
  • anyone who works with children and families

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