Useful Information


SEND Services for Dorset Parents

There are a range of local services that can help to support families of children who have SEND. We have listed below some that may be particularly useful. 

Dorset Education Advice Line

This service is for parents, carers and professionals who are looking for advice regarding emerging issues for a child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The advice Line will be operated, Mondays to Fridays 10am – 4pm during term time. Parents, carers and professionals can book a 15-minute telephone call with a SEND Family Worker to talk through their concerns and issues. Appointments are booked by calling the FREEPHONE number, 0800 1404041 or online via the webpage, and they will be called back at their allotted time.

Dorset Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)    

Dorset SENDIASS are a free, independent, impartial advice service for children, young people and families, who have, or care for, someone with additional needs aged 0-25.


Dorset Parent Carer Council (DPCC)    

Dorset Parent Carer Council is run by parents for parents and their families. Their aim is to help improve the lives and opportunities for families and children and young people who are disabled in Dorset. They are doing this by being a voice to inform all agencies and services about the needs of disabled children and their families in Dorset. Contact them


Tel: 07827 793 244

Contact A Family - For Families With Disabled Children
Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.


Dorset Family Information Directory 

Provides information to families on services in Dorset.


Poole Family Information Directory 

Provides information to families on services in Poole.



General Information Sites


Family Education Website

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS)


The Dyspraxia Foundation

Autism & Aspergers

National Autistic Society

Autism Independent UK

Asperger Syndrome

Autism Understood


British Dyslexia Association 


The British Epilepsy Association

Visual Impairment

The Royal National Institute of the Blind 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder