Information and Support

*Parent Carers Together are unable to give advice but we can signpost you to services*

As the parent carer forum for BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole), we use our social platforms and our webpage to share with our followers information on behalf of other organisations on local and national training, services and activities (some free of charge, others incurring a fee to the parent) with a SEND focus which may be of interest to you and your family. In doing so, the forum would like to make it clear, we do not endorse any other organisation, nor is PCT responsible for the actions of other organisations.
It is important people should make their own enquiries to ensure the activity or event is suitable to meet your individual/family’s needs.  We are unable to give recommendations. 

Useful Information

School Related Information

Returning/Transitioning/Travelling to School:


School Related Information:


Preparing for Adulthood (PfA)

Access To Work

Lasting Power of Attorney, Wills and Deputyships

Carers Assessments


Local Services

This is a free, confidential and impartial service for children and young people with SEND who live across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and their parents or carers.

-Advice Line 01202 128181 which will be open for advice between 9:30am – 12:30pm, Monday to Thursday.

-Email -  

-SENDiass Website

-SENDiass Facebook Page 

-SENDiass Twitter 


CRISP (Carers Resource Information and Support)

CRISP supports family/unpaid carers looking after someone who would not be able to manage without their support. They also provide a carers discount card to help you get money off local services and suppliers

-Phone: 01202 128787
-CRISP Website


Mental Health Support 

Dorset Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Information about Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Schools-Dorset CAMHS 



Connection is a 24/7 phone helpline for people of all ages in Dorset who are experiencing mental health issues and need support. You do not need to be known by mental health services, and can also phone for support and advice about a friend or family member experiencing poor mental health.
Call 111 and select 'mental health' or dial 0800 652 0190 to access support as part of the Dorset Crisis Response Service.  Staff are trained to support anyone who calls, regardless of the level of mental health crisis, and can signpost you to the most appropriate service which meets your needs.


Young Minds (national charity) 


Young Carers 

Young carers aged under 18, can contact BCP Council's Early Help Team for support.

-Phone:  01202 262626


SEND Local Offer 
Every council should have a local offer.
The BCP Council SEND Local Offer provides information and guidance on local services and activities for children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
There is  a voluntary register held by BCP Council of children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The benefits of parents and carers joining the register include a free discount card (MAX card) and regular newsletter updates.

-Local Offer Email -
-Local Offer Website
-Find out where to use my Max Card 


Parent and Carer Support Groups

Local Groups:

-SENturions SEN Support -face to face meet ups (term time) on Wednesdays in Parkstone, Poole

-Doors Open-The SEN Community- face to face meet ups on Fridays in Hamworthy, Poole

-Time Out Dorset-face to face meet ups on Fridays in Corfe Mullen

-Slades Park Parent Carer Group - see Facebook group for events

-Downright Perfect- supporting individuals and families whose lives have been touched by Downs Syndrome.

-Families of VI Kids in Bournemouth -for families with visually impaired children in and around the Bournemouth Dorset area.

-Dyslexia Support Hub- based in Muscliff

-The Umbrella Group-meetings held at Portfield School


National Groups:

-FASD SouthWest- A support group for birth, adopted and kinship families with diagnosed and undiagnosed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder FASD

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

By completing a form, WellChild COVID-19 Direct Response Service will try and help you get the things you need including:   access to food delivery service, prescription collection and delivery of Personal Protective Equipment for your care team e.g handwash, alcohol gel, gloves, aprons, etc.

  • Together We Can- BCP Council Helpline and online information for vulnerable local people.

Lockdown 3.0

BCP Ofsted Inspection- Summer 2021