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Children's Occupational Therapy Service (BCP Council)

BCP Children's Occupational Therapists work with Children and their families to enable them to thrive and fully participate in daily living activities within their home environment.

We work with children generally between the ages of 2 and 18 years who have substantial and permanent physical disabilities. We may also work with children and young people who have severe Autism and/or Learning Difficulties who attend specialist education.

We visit you at home to complete an initial assessment and agree an action plan which takes into account your child's needs and the needs of your family.

If your child has support from Shared Care we also ensure the carers' home environment is suitable to meet your child's needs. 

The team;

  • Provide specialist equipment for use in the home such as postural seating and bathing equipment.
  • Assess for minor adaptations to your home such as stair rails and ramped access.
  • Assess for major adaptations following the Disabled Facilites Grant legislation (DFG) to enable children to access their home, specifically bathing and toileting facilities and an appropriate place to sleep.
  • Complete housing recommendations in circumstances where other options for adaptations have been tried and have been unsuccessful in meeting your child's assessed needs.
  • Provide assessments where a child or young persons challenging behaviour at home puts themselves and/or their family members at significant risk of injury or harm

We work closely with many other services including Housing Teams, the Disabled Facilities Grants Team, Social Workers, Shared Care and Family Support Practitioners.

Occupational Therapists are registered with and work in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council standards. For further information regarding Occupational Therapy please see the Royal College of Occupational Therapy website.

If your child is over 18 and requires an assessment please contact the Adult Occupational Therapy Teams within Adult Social Care.


Referral Process for Poole residents

We accept referrals from parents, carers and health professionals. Please complete the referral form for Poole residents and return to Ruth Morgan, Inclusion and Family Services, BCP Council, Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SA. 

If you wish to find out more about the service please contact Ruth Morgan on 01202 262009.

Referral process for Bournemouth and Christchurch residents

Please complete the referral form for Bournemouth and Christchurch residents and return to Maggie Burslem, Inclusion and Family Services, BCP Council, 3rd Floor, Bournemouth Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY.  For enquiries about the service please call 01202 458890.

BCP Council
Dolphin Centre
BH15 1SA
01202 262009 (Poole) or 01202 458890 (Bournemouth and Christchurch)
Contact Name
Ruth Morgan (Poole residents), Maggie Burslem (Bournemouth and Christchurch residents)
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Area coverage
Times Available:
Monday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
All Year Round
From 2 years  0 months to 18 years  0 months.
This Service is Free
Special Provisions:
Visual impairment
Physical Disability
Motor impairment
Toileting Hygiene
Eating and Drinking
Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
Hearing Impairment
Speech, Language & Communication Needs
Referral Criteria:
Via Social Services
Via GP or other health professional
Self Referral
Referral Procedure:
telephone the main office to request a referral form
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