Dorset Council

This is a new unitary authority, formed from six merged councils. As the council has never elected councillors before, our change figures will be based upon "notional results" - predictions on what the results would have been had the council existed at the time of the last election. More about how we work out seat change here.

Election results for 2019

    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    43
    43
    -15
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    29
    29
    +14
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    4
    4
    +4
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    4
    4
    -2
    Elected in 2019
    Total
    +/-
    2
    2
    -1

Most Recent

Health checks reviewed for children in care

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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Specialist GPs and registrars could be used to speed up health checks for children coming into care in Dorset.

The county often fails to meet a 20-day deadline for completing health checks, partly because of a shortage of paediatricians.

A meeting of Dorset Council's corporate parenting board heard the appointments system also meant children sometimes had to take a day out of school to travel to centres in Dorchester and Poole.

A review is to look at ways of improving the system, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Director of children’s services Sarah Parker said: "We are doing the best we can to improve but there is a way to go to make these assessments local and accessible."