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Audiology (hearing services)

The audiology (hearing) service provides services for adults and children who are affected by hearing loss, distressing tinnitus and balance disorders. A range of support is provided at clinics accross Dorset. The service also run specialist clinics for children and for adults with learning disabilities. Find out…

BCP Council Libraries

BCP Council Libraries offer a free, safe and inclusive space for children, families and young people. Facilities include large print books, dyslexia-friendly books, books with few or no words, braille books and e-books.  For full details of services available at BCP Council libraries, library locations…

BCP Council Short Breaks for children and young people with SEND

The BCP Council Short Breaks scheme provides activities for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years with special educational needs/disabilities, in a supportive and fun environment.  All sessions are supported by a high ratio of experienced and friendly staff who will ensure children…

Bereavement - Help is at Hand

Help Is At Hand is a resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death. This Department of Health guide is aimed at the wide range of people who are affected by suicide or other sudden, traumatic death. It aims firstly to help people…

Checking childcare quality and Ofsted

Ofsted registers most childcare provision, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register and regularly inspects childcare providers to ensure that quality standards are being met.  Inspections are used to provide guidance and support to ensure that children are meeting appropriate milestones as…

Continuing Care and Continuing Healthcare

This page contains information on Continuing Care and Continuing Healthcare.

Council Tax Support Scheme

You an apply for Council Tax Support if you're on a low income and are liable to pay Council Tax. The amount of support that you receive will depend on your household and financial circumstances. If you have reached State Pension Credit Age and do not…

Crisis and early help support services

If you need help for yourself, a family member or for someone else there are a range of services that can help. If your concern is an emergency call 999 immediately.

Day Nurseries

Day nurseries provide full or part time care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years. They are usually open Monday to Friday all year round. Opening times can range between 6am and 8pm, but 8am to 6pm is fairly standard. Nurseries can be private, voluntary…

Dentists

A dentist prevents and treats problems affecting the mouth and teeth, including dental and oral disease. Find out about NHS dental services including information on dental treatment for people with special needs. The British Society for Disability and Oral Health has links to information on oral health…