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How can I help my child?

New Dorset Education Advice Line goes live

From 18th October 2021, a new Advice Line will be operated, Mondays to Fridays 10am-4pm during term time.  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).  Parents and carers have told us it can be difficult to understand SEND services and how best to support their child.  We know that providing information and advice early is vital to helping secure the right support for any child with emerging needs.

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.  We are launching the service as a pilot so that we can understand how we can improve our SEND Local Offer and improve this telephone support service.

The Advice Line is part of our 'Local Offer' to children, young people and families and will work alongside existing services such as SENDIASS and the Educational Psychology Line.

Please contact Kath Saunders if you have any questions relating to the Education Advice Line.


Useful Information and Links


ADHD, A Guide for Parents: What to Expect and How to Manage


Asperger’s Syndrome


Autism Spectrum Disorder


British Dyslexia Association


Disability; What the Law Says (produced by Dorset County Council)


Dyspraxia Explained


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour


PANS (Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome)

PANDAS (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections)


Sleep Information