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Working with Children and Young People


Find information about multi-agency safeguarding children (level 3) training opportunities in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Procedures & Local Guidance

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Procedures for guidance in working with children and families in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Report A Concern

If you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person, contact the relevant services for specialist support.

Concerned about a child or young person?

* Please do not contact the LSCB about individual children or situations, these enquiries or referrals should be made to the relevant MASH Team:

Please use the contact details according to where the child normally lives:

Bournemouth MASH – 01202 458101 or

Poole MASH – 01202 735046 or

Dorset MASH – 01202 228866 or

Outside office hours

The Out of Hours Team operates an out of hours service. This service is an emergency only response with the social worker available to provide a response where the needs of the child indicate this. To contact the out of hours service, please call 01202 657279.

Where immediate protection is not required you will be expected to complete a interagency referral form, informed by an Early Help Assessment where possible, in the first instance.

Please see the LSCB Information Sharing Policy for good practice notes and details for sharing confidential information.

Early Help

Early Help is the support that can be provided for a child, young person or family who may have additional needs that cannot be met by universal provision and there is perceived to be no risk of significant harm.

REMEMBER: Early Help can be put in place without contact with Bournemouth or Poole Children’s Social Care.

Multi-agency Thresholds Guidance

To be clear about the thresholds for the continuum of need for children and young people in Bournemouth and Poole, please refer to the thresholds document within Pan Dorset Procedures.

The Thresholds Guidance will help with:

• Better understanding of how to respond to lower levels of need.
• Early identification of vulnerability and better support to prevent escalation.
• Better understanding of when to refer to specialist services.
• Improved decision making based on multi-agency information sharing and Early Help knowledge of family strengths and vulnerabilities.

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