Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Behaviour Support Service (Christchurch)

Schools in Christchurch are able to buy in the Behaviour Support Service from Dorset Council 

As a service, it can offer: 

  • advice, support and training in promoting positive behavioural, emotional and social development, supporting social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs and effective behaviour management.  
  • training, advice and sharing good practice in promoting an ethos that encourages positive SEMH, including recognition of the link between good teaching and learning and an emotionally healthy school where pupils are able to achieve 
  • support with identifying pupils with SEMH, assessing them and making sure there's a multi-agency approach response and building capacity in school 
  • where appropriate, identifying and supporting the needs of children and young people and monitoring and evaluating school interventions 
  • facilitation, where appropriate, of referral for further assessment or involvement of other professionals and access to support through a multi-agency approach 
  • support and advice for the education, health and care plan (EHCP) process 
  • support for identification of pupils at risk of exclusion and support for reintegration of those who've been excluded 

Settings the service can work in 

Generally the service works within the school setting. The services makes home visits and gives advice to parents and carers as part of its initial assessment process for primary school age children, as well as for older children and young people where it's needed. 

Accessing the service 

Requests for advice and involvement are normally received from schools. 

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Venue/Contact Details
Schools and Learning Service
South Annexe
County Hall
Colliton Park
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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Times and Costs
Opening times:
County Hall Opening Times:, Monday - Thursday: 8.30am to 5.30pm ;Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
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Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 25 years
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
SEND Local Offer SEND