Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Keeping adults and children safe

Our Safeguarding declaration

We recognise safeguarding as a high priority for our organisation. In order to achieve effective safeguarding processes we ensure we have robust arrangements in place to provide strong leadership, vision and direction for safeguarding. This includes having clear accessible policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and best practice, in line with our corporate Mission and Values.


Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. All of us need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent harmful and abusive situations for children and adults at risk of harm. 

Further information on the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board along with their annual report is available via Dorset For You.

What to do if you believe a child or an adult is at risk:

Accountability for Safeguarding

There are clear lines of accountability for safeguarding within NHS Dorset CCG. This includes an Accountable Officer and Executive Lead for safeguarding children and adults, with overall responsibility being within the portfolio of the Director of Quality. There is a Designated Nurse for Child Safeguarding and a Nurse Specialist for Adult Safeguarding. There are two designated doctors for looked after children, and child deaths. The Designated Nurse is also a member of the Child Death Overview Panel which is chaired by a public health consultant.

Our designated and lead professionals for safeguarding play a key part in the clinical decision making of the organisation and work closely with local health providers and local authorities to influence thinking and clinical practice.

Safeguarding Training and Safe Recruitment

At NHS Dorset CCG, all eligible staff have undertaken training in both Children and Adult Safeguarding awareness, and have access to a tiered level approach to gain necessary knowledge and skills to support the safeguarding process.

Children and Adult Safeguarding Boards

We are committed to partnership working and are a key member of the Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Safeguarding Boards for Children and Adults. This includes engagement with subgroups of the board and working closely with key providers of health care service.

Our safeguarding professionals also work closely with the Wessex Local Area Team (NHS England) who is the local policy lead for safeguarding within Health under NHS England. 

Links to National and Local Policy

We have approved a number of strategic documents that are formulated from the Pan Dorset Adult and Children Safeguarding Board to support safeguarding within the NHS across Dorset, including:

For Child Protection: 

For Safeguarding of Adults:

Safeguarding Children Local Authority Offices are as below:

(Single point of access for each Local Authority)

Bournemouth Borough Council 01202 458 101 / 01202 458 102
Borough of Poole 01202 735 046
Dorset County Council 01202 228 866
Out of hours 01202 657 279 

Safeguarding Adults Local Authority Offices are as below:

Care Direct – Bournemouth 01202 454 979
Help Desk – Poole  01202 633 902
Dorset County Council 01305 221 016
Out of Hours 01202 657 279
Police Non-Emergency Enquiries            101
Police Emergency Enquires 999

Domestic abuse

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can get support and advice by contacting one of the agencies below:

Police Non-Emergency Enquiries  101
Police Emergency Enquires


For Dorset - You First 0800 032 5204
Bournemouth and Dorset:- BCHA 01202 547 755
Poole:- BCHA 01202 710 777
24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 200 0247
Men's Advice Line  0808 801 0327
Elder Abuse Helpline 0808 808 8141
Karma Nirvana - Honour Network Helpline  0800 599 9247

Domestic abuse support services in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole

Prevent (Counter-Terrorism Strategy)

Prevent is part of the Government counter-terrorism strategy. It's designed to tackle the problem of terrorism at its roots, preventing people from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of radicalisation, read more information on the Home Office Prevent Strategy website. In addition, you can download: Building Partnerships, Staying Safe - Guidance LeafletFor immediate concerns that an individual may imminently commit a crime/act of terrorism phone 999For non-immediate concerns Make a Prevent referral via

Modern Day Slavery

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