For many years Dorset has been welcoming students from all over the world, who come to experience life in Britain and to enhance their English language skills.
Dorset has so much to offer and the majority of these students will gain enormously from their stay, enjoying the contact with local people in an atmosphere of friendship and understanding.
Unfortunately, being so far from home can make people more vulnerable and a small minority of visiting students may become the victims of verbal or even physical abuse during their stay. Much effort has already been directed to reducing these incidents but we constantly strive to reduce the risks and there is more work to be done.
Together with many of our partner agencies, we are confronting such unacceptable behaviour in a robust and co-ordinated manner, in order to safeguard our visitors and to ensure that they are able to enjoy their stay in Dorset and to gain as much as possible from their learning experience.