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Child Protection

The Dorset Police Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) consists of specially trained, nationally accredited detectives who are responsible for the investigation of allegations or suspicions of child abuse. The team works closely with other agencies, including local authorities.

Child abuse can relate to any situation where a child does not receive the proper standard of care expected from a reasonable parent. This includes sexual, physical, neglect or emotional abuse.

Child Abuse Investigation Team officers also investigate allegations of child abuse reported by victims who are now adults.

There is a range of professional independent support available to all victims of child abuse following a report being made to police. This support is for children (under 18 years) as well as adult survivors of child abuse who are now reporting to police.


Child abuse

Please follow this link for more information and advice about child abuse. 

Child sexual exploitation

Please follow this link for information and advice about child sexual exploitation


Please follow this link for information and advice about sexting


Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

CEOP is the UK’s national police agency for dealing with child protection, particularly tackling offenders who use online technology to abuse children.

Visit the website here

If you have concerns and wish to report a crime or speak to a Child Protection officer, call Dorset Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact NSPCC or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website