• Pan-Dorset (Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole) Development and Behaviour Referral Pack and Guidance for Professionals

  • New Out of Hours Service

  • Free school meals - important reminder

  • Alternative Provision Service for Children and Young People – AP Framework Ranked List

  • Joint Subject Leader Primary Conference

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Virtual School Handbook for Children in Care 2018-19
03 Dec
This academic year’s Virtual School Handbook is now available on Dorset Nexus. Further details of the Virtual School service are available on our Dorset Nexus service home page. To contact the team: David Alderson Senior Adviser and Virtual School Head Dorset Children’s Services – Schools and Learning d.alderson@dorsetcc.gov.uk 01305 228350
Intoduction to Youth Work Training
23 Nov
Introduction to Youth Work This course is recommended for anyone new to the role of youth worker (paid or voluntary) Saturday 26th January 2019 9:30 - 15:30 Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR Free parking at County Hall on Saturdays Course code: 100815-0119-T002 Please book via Nexus Contact Gypsy Page for further information g.page@dorsetcc.gov.uk 01305 224694
Joint Subject Leader Primary Conference
23 Nov
Joint Subject Leader Primary Conference 14th March 2019 9:30 - 15:30 Hethfelton House Wareham Our ‘not-to-be-missed’ Annual Conference that keeps your English and Mathematics subject leaders up-to-date with all the latest, important and useful educational information and practices. The timing enables your Subject Leaders to plan effectively for the following year’s developments, and ensures they know where the best practice can be found. The theme for 2019 will be 'developing underperforming pupils', so we are thrilled to have Jean Gross for our Keynote Speaker this year. Book fast as it is' first come, first served', and this year's Conference will be one you don't want to miss! Course code: 10208-0319-T001 Book via Nexus or contact Gypsy Page for further information g.page@dorsetcc.gov.uk
New Machine Tools Maintenance arrangements
22 Nov
Following a tender process, the arrangements for the Inspection and Maintenance of Machine Tools have been awarded to Ritchie Machine Services for the period 01/11/2018 - 31/10/2019. Attached is the contract outline containing contact information, specification and the price schedule. This has been procured with the support of the Health and Safety Team, ensuring that all relevant standards will be achieved.
Alternative Provision Service for Children and Young People – AP Framework Ranked List
14 Nov
FAO Dorset County Council Maintained Schools and Special Schools Dear all, Please keep a lookout in your inbox for an encrypted email to do with Alternative Provision Services for Children and Young People. The Alternative Provision Framework Ranked List was published on 7th November to maintained and special schools. Many thanks Greg Jackson SEND Commissioner Sufficiency, Commissioning and School Organisation Children's Services Email: g.a.jackson@dorsetcc.gov.uk Tel: 01305 221657
New Out of Hours Service
06 Nov
Dear Colleagues, We want to inform you about some changes that are being made to children’s safeguarding out of hours service in Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole). As of Monday, 5 November, the extended Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will provide the emergency out of hours social care response for Dorset children and their families when the current contract with Borough of Poole ends. The current MASH working hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. From 5 November, this will be extended to 7 days a week until 10pm to provide urgent out of hours advice when there’s a concern that a child is at risk of harm. If you believe that a social work response is required to protect a child or young person, please contact the team on 01202 228866 and a Safeguarding Manager will determine what action is required to manage the immediate risk. If your contact with the MASH is not urgent, please either email the information to MASH@dorsetcc.gov.uk or contact the team by phone on 01202 228866 during usual working hours. Emails may not be read outside of usual working hours as the team will be dealing with urgent matters. There will be an on-call Safeguarding Manager available by telephone for significant concerns about a child that require an immediate response outside of these hours - but it is essential that they are not contacted unless there is a significant concern that cannot wait until the following morning. If your concern is about the immediate safety of a child, you should initially contact the Police. Attached is a poster for you to display in your offices. Please share this with any colleagues that may find this useful. If you have any questions about the new service, please contact the MASH Managers on 01202 228866. Maggie Aldwell Service Manager Children's Services Help & Protection MASH and STAR Teams Joint Emergency Services Building, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP
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Training & Events

10 Dec
LSCB Safer Recruitment (one day)
The aim of this course is to give participants an awareness and understanding of offender behaviour, identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people and consider their own policies and practices.
10 Dec
Person Centred Approaches
To provide skills & knowledge to participants who work with children and young people with SEND and their families to develop effective plans, including Education, Health and Care Plans, which are person centred, outcomes focused and personalised
10 Dec
SIMS.net Discover - Standard Analysis
SAFSO Course
11 Dec
LSCB Managing Allegations
This course is aimed at Senior Managers to whom allegations will be reported and who are responsible for the operational implementation of Managing Allegations against people who work with children's procedures within their area. Also intended for those officers who carry out investigations in children's and families and understand the role and responsibilities of the Senior Manager & LADO
11 Dec
Personal Safety & Lone Working
For those in Childrens Services who experience lone working.
11 Dec
LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Children Update (1 Day)
This update training is relevant to anyone who has completed the LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Course (2 Day) and wishes to build on this training and refresh learning. Please note - Update training should be attended every 2 years for schools staff and every 3 years for early years staff.