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Children's Services - Dorset County Council

The Children's Services directorate provides support to meet the needs of children and young people in Dorset, and their families.

Outcomes for children

The following outcomes underpin every aspect of the work within Children's Services:

  • children and young people will be safe wherever they are
  • families will be resilient, develop positive relationships and have good futures
  • children and young people will be confident and successful learners who can achieve personal success as they grow into adulthood
  • young people will stay in Dorset and make a positive contribution to the economy
  • children, young people and families will know what it means to be healthy and adopt lifestyles that promote this

Children's Services areas of work

The Director for Children's Services is Sara Tough.

See information on all services for Children and Young People in Dorset.

Learning and Inclusion

Head of Service: Phil Minns

  • Improvement support for early years settings, schools and Governors
  • Support for children who are disabled and those with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Educational psychology and behaviour support service
  • Children's Centres
  • Supporting young people aged 16+ to stay in education and training
  • School transport
  • Alternative education (e.g. learning centres) and home education
  • School attendance and exclusions
  • Outdoor Education, Music Service and the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Family Support

Head of Service: Vanessa Glenn

  • Children's Social Care
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • Looked after children (children in care) and care leavers
  • Support for foster carers and recruitment of new foster carers
  • Support for adoptive parents and those considering adopting
  • Adolescent support services
  • Youth clubs and projects
  • Assistance in identifying agencies best suited to meet the needs of children, young people and families
  • Supporting agencies to use the Common Assessment Framework to meet needs

Strategy, Partnerships and Performance

Head of Service: Anne Salter

  • Quality assuring safeguarding practice
  • Management of safeguarding allegations
  • Performance and management
  • Commissioning, contracts and complaints
  • Business and administrative support
  • Child Death Overview Panel support
  • Children's Services Board support
  • Workforce planning
  • Family Information Service

The Family Information Service provide free and impartial advice on all services for children, young people and their families in Dorset.

  • BYO and BYJO: Link to Children's Services BoardsChildren's Services Boards

    There are a number of boards where Children's Services meets with its partners to help ensure the best outcomes for children and young people. This includes the Children's Trust Board and the Local Safeguarding Board.

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