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If you’re a young person with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND), or if you're a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND, you may need to work with different health services and health care professionals to get the right support. Dorset has a lot of health services for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25, including doctors, dentists, optometrists, community and hospital services. Some health services are available to everyone and some may need a referral from a professional such as your GP, paediatrician or school. This section of the Local OfferMore

If you’re a young person with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND), or if you're a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND, you may need to work with different health services and health care professionals to get the right support.

Dorset has a lot of health services for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25, including doctors, dentists, optometrists, community and hospital services. Some health services are available to everyone and some may need a referral from a professional such as your GP, paediatrician or school.

This section of the Local Offer provides details of health services across the county of Dorset, with links to their websites, so you can find out more about how they work and how they might be able to support you and/or your child or young person.

Health Services are grouped into three levels: 

Universal services are available for everyone and do not need a referral, they include GPs, dentists and hospitals.

Targeted services for those who may be having difficulties with an area of their health or who are at risk of developing difficulties. For these services you may need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency.

Specialised services for those with severe or complicated health needs. For these services you will need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency.

The Designated Clinical Officer for SEND (DCO)

A Designated Clinical Officer for SEND (DCO) and an Associate Designated Clinical Officer for SEND (ADCO) work with, and support, health providers, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, BCP Council and Dorset Council to meet their statutory responsibilities in the SEND Code of Practice (under the Children’s and Families Act 2014). 

The DCO also agrees the health services within an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The DCO for Dorset CCG is Steve Clarke (steve.clarke@dorsetccg.nhs.uk ).

The ADCO is Chloe Morley (chloe.morley@dorsetccg.nhs.uk ).

If you can’t find what you need, or want to tell us how we can improve this section please get in touch. If you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole, email localoffer@bcpcouncil.gov.uk . If you live in Dorset, complete this form.

Use the age tabs or the subject areas to find information on local services. The health area of the Preparing for Adulthood section also has useful information relating to many aspects of health and wellbeing. 

Co-Production - we are currently working in partnership with Parent Carer Forums and Dorset CCG to develop and improve this section of the Local Offer.  

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The Local Offer for Children & Young People with SEND and their families