Helpful organisations and contacts for SEND
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.
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
Ansbury – Careers Advice
Ansbury Guidance supports young people who have an Education Health and Care Plan from Dorset Council.
As young people approach the end of school, Ansbury Guidance can support them to move on to training, further education, work or adult support services.
Telephone: 01202 677557 or 0800 358 3888
If you need urgent information and advice, you can contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900
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