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How to make a Safeguarding referral in Dorset

Safeguarding is Everybody’s Business. If you have been harmed or are experiencing abuse or neglect, or if you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed then please follow the links below to find out about how you can make a Safeguarding referral in your area.

Raise an Alert with Social Services

Safeguarding Children:

What to do if you are worried about a child

Contact the Children's Service Office Directly:

Bournemouth: 01202 458102 Bridport: 01308 422234
Christchurch: 01202 474106 Dorchester: 01305 221450
Ferndown: 01202 877445 North Dorset: 01258 472652
Poole: 01202 735046 Purbeck: 01929 553456
Weymouth & Portland: 01305 760139  Out of Hours (evenings and weekends): 01202 657279 


Safeguarding Adults:

Tel. 01929 557 712


Contact the Police

Dorset Police

Non-Emergency: 101

Emergency: 999