Contact – A national charity for families with disabled children
Contact provide a free helpline for parents and carers giving information and advice on a range of issues, including medical information, benefits advice and information about special educational needs.
Telephone: 0808 808 3555
Dorset Council – Local Offer
Dorset’s Local Offer provides information, advice and support on provision for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
The Local Offer also links to Dorset’s Family Information Directory so you can search for services and find out how to access them, all in one place.
The BCP Council SEND – Local Offer
The BCP Council SEND Local Offer provides information on services and activities for children and young people living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.
Find out more here Local Offer – BCP Council
Dorset Parent Carer Council – DPCC
Dorset Parent Carer Council is run by parents for parents and families. They work to provide a strong and unified voice for families in Dorset aiming to inform all agencies that offer help, advice and benefits to children and families.
Telephone: 07827 793 244
The Council for Disabled Children
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England. They are the only national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.
Telephone: 020 7843 6000
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice – IPSEA
IPSEA offer free and independent legally based information, advice and support. To help get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents, carers, professionals and other organisations.
Telephone: 01799 582030
Health Watch Dorset
Healthwatch Dorset is the county’s independent health and care champion. It exists to ensure that people are at the heart of care. Healthwatch Dorset can also help people find the information they need about health and care services in their area.
Telephone: 0300 111 0102
Dorset Special Educational Needs and Disability, Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
A free, impartial and confidential service that provides information, advice and support to:
- children and young people aged from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)
- parents and carers of children and young people with SEND
Telephone: 01305 595477
Citizens Advice – CAB
Citizens Advice is an independent service providing free, confidential and impartial advice to everybody on a wide range of issues.
The PDA society provides information, support and training about PDA for individuals, families and professionals. We aim to increase acceptance and understanding of a PDA profile and to improve outcomes for individuals and families.