Children and Education

We are responsible for the wellbeing of children in Bournemouth. We give care to children in need. Our Children’s Social Care team makes sure that every child has a safe and loving home. We provide education for children and adults.


We’re responsible for applications for schools in Bournemouth. You can apply for a school place online.

Applying for a school place

Starting school


Aspire adoption helps families who want to adopt and finds homes for children who can’t live with their birth families. Contact them on 0300 123 9868  

Adoption explained

About Aspire Adoption

Special Guardianship


We have lots of childcare options in Bournemouth, including childminders, pre-school, day nursery and out-of-school care.


Children are fostered if a foster carer looks after them in place of their families. They can stay in touch with their families.

Fostering Types

Family hubs, early help and outreach centres

Information about early help family hubs and outreach centres.

Private Fostering

Find out more about Private Fostering and why we need to know about any arrangements you have made.

Find out whether you should tell us about a private fostering arrangement

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service

Find out more about the service, their aims to reduce re-offending and work to protect the public

Children’s Social Care

We protect the health and wellbeing of children and young people. We use the Children’s Act 1989.

Child protection

Parenting Assessment and Contact Team

The Promise

SEND Local Offer

Support and services available for children up to 25 years old with special educational needs or disabilities.

Advice and Support

Youth Service

Support for young people aged 13 to 19, particularly those that are vulnerable

What we do

Ask for support for a young person

South Central Framework

A consortium of 14 Local Authorities assisting local authorities in sourcing fostering placements from IFA’s (independent fostering agencies). 

South Central Framework

Working in childcare

Advice, training and support for childcare professionals. Find out about the latest news and funding forms.


Our Parent Partnership can help parents and carers of children with special education needs or disabilities.


Adult Skills and Learning

Browse and book courses and evening classes. Find out general information about all learning opportunities including apprenticeships and employer engagement.

Search for courses for adults

Complain or give feedback about children services

How to complain or give feedback about services we provide to children, young people and their families (including social care services).

Complain or give feedback about children services