Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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, NHS Dorset, 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).

The DCO also agrees the health provision within an education, health and care (EHCEHCEducation, Health and Care) plan.

The DCO for NHS Dorset is Chloe Morley. Chloe can be contacted at

The ADCO for NHS Dorset is Sarah Lerigo. Sarah can be contacted at

You can find out more about the role of the DCO and see photographs of Chloe on the NHS Dorset SEND page.

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