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A big focus on child safety starts in Dorset today (Monday 19 November)
The Safeguarding Children Board's spending the week looking at a diffent aspect of protecting youngsters each day - they're holding open days and exhibitions and speaking to school pupils.
Dorset Safeguarding Children Week will be launched by Dick Stowe, Chair of the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board and Ron Lock, Chair of the Bournemouth & Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board at the LV=Streetwise Safety Centre in Bournemouth.
Safeguarding Week aims to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding children and the fact that safeguarding is everyone's business.
Dick Stowe, Chairman of the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board, said: "Safeguarding is everyone's business, while local government, the police and health services lead, the whole of Dorset has a part to play. If we all get involved our county will be a much safer place for children of all ages."
Safeguarding Week is about making everyone more aware of the risks that children find themselves in, often through no fault of their own.
Ron Lock, Chair of the Bournemouth & Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board, said: "One child put at risk is one child too many and there are, sadly, too many reported incidents of children suffering needlessly, whether it is a case of bullying in school, the victim of a road accident or worse."
Safeguarding Week will focus on a different area of concern each day. Themes will include: e-safety, road safety, accidents in the home, Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and domestic violence as well as child exploitation.
Safeguarding Children Week is organised jointly by the Bournemouth & Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board.
For more information about child safety, help and advice please go to either www.dorsetlscb.co.uk or www.bournemouth-poole-lscb.org.uk