This section provides details of health services across Dorset with links to their websites. You can find information about how they work and how they might be able to support you and/or your child or young person with SEND.
Services are grouped into three levels:
- Services for all (universal services) are available for everyone and do not need a referral, they include GPs, dentists and hospitals.
- Targeted services are for those who may be having difficulties with an area of their health or who are at risk of developing difficulties. These services may need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency.
- Specialised services are for those with severe or complicated health needs. These services will need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency.
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. They help them meet their statutory responsibilities as set out in the SEND Code of Practice (under the Children’s and Families Act 2014).