A new partnership for children’s safeguarding arrangements will be launched on 1 August 2019, replacing the existing Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

The changes have come about as a result of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and will see the Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (SCB) replaced by a new Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership.

The Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership will be led by the four organisations:

  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
  • Dorset Council
  • NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Dorset Police

The new arrangements will see partners working more closely together to strengthen the safeguarding of children and young people across the county.

Each partner has a statutory leadership responsibility within the new arrangements, but all other agencies that work with children will continue to have a critical role in effective partnership working.

Importantly, the way in front line professionals can access support and advice to safeguard children will not be changing including contact details for the MASH, access to policies and procedures and training.

For further information please refer to the Pan Dorset Safeguarding Partnership plan.