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Children's Social Care


Children's social care in Bournemouth provides a range of services for children, young people and thier families.  We have a legal duty under the Children Act 1989 to help and protect children in need.  We undertake an assessment to determine the support a family may require to promote a child or young person's health and development.  We also provide information on a variety of services for children and young people including information about voluntary organisations.  We provide support and advice when a child is:

  • in need because their family is in crisis
  • in need because a parent has a disability
  • abused or at risk of abuse or neglect
  • lacking family support or is homeless
  • emotionally and behaviourally disturbed or in trouble with the law
  • disabled or has a serious illness
  • cared for away from their family
  • in need of support after leaving the care of the local authority.

Working together

We aim to support families to bring up their children and prevent family breakdown.  We have a lead responsibility for protecting children from harm.  We do this by working together with other organisations concerned with children's welfare to enable families to provide good standards of care for their children and to help them find the best solution if they need extra support and services.  We work in partnership with:

  • parent/s, relatives and carers
  • children and young people
  • health workers
  • teachers and other education workers
  • youth services
  • voluntary services
  • the police and courts
  • the probation service.


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Postal Address Children FIRST,
79 Lansdowne Road,
Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone Number 01202 458101
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 657279