Useful Links – Children Information Service

Bournemouth Borough Council’s Children Information Service provides free, impartial information and advice on childcare, children’s centres, early education, funding and family support within Bournemouth. – Bournemouth Local Offer

Bournemouth Local Offer is for families and carers of children up to 25 years old with special educational needs. They can tell you what’s available to do with health, education and social care.

The SEND reforms require every authority to produce a web based ‘Local Offer’. The Local Offer brings together information for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities and their families. In Bournemouth, we have worked with parents, carers, colleagues in other services, voluntary sector partners and other stakeholders to develop our local offer which is a growing body of information.

  • Bournemouth Children’s Trust
  • Children’s Centres
  • Short Breaks
  • Direct Payments
  • Health Visitors
  • Grants and Funding
  • Benefits Advice
  • Community Transport Services
  • Moving into Further Education
  • School and Post 16 Transport
  • Preparing for Adulthood
  • Council for Disabled Children
  • Pupil Premium
  • Equipment to help at home
  • Children with a disability

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum provides a central voice for all parents and carers of children/adults with SEN/complex learning/ medical needs and disabilities that live in Bournemouth. The Forum monitors and helps shape participation and awareness with parents. It works to influence and shape current and future service provision for Bournemouth families. – Bournemouth SENDIASS
Formerly known as the Parent Partnership, SENDIASS stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service. This dedicated service is for children and young people up to 25 years old with special education needs and disabilities and their families who live in Bournemouth. Young people can also access the service independently from their parents. The service is impartial, confidential, and free. It is built on the existing support from the Parent Partnership Service, parent/carer liaison officers, Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum and other local services for young people. They provide advice through parent carer support groups, local SEN youth forums or local disability groups and training events. They can provide support around:

  • Local policy and practice
  • The Local Offer
  • Personalisation and personal budgets
  • Education law on SEN and related law on disability, health and social care
The Autism Education Trust (AET) website provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people with autism.
Autism Links provides links to services and resources to help support parents, carers and professionals. It covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.
The National Autistic Society (NAS)  provides information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services and activities.
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms provides information, news and resources about Cerebral Palsy and other common birth injuries.


ChatHealth, our School Nurse texting service, is open normal working hours Mon-to-Fri. They are a young person’s (ages 11 to 19) support & advice service and able to provide emotional reassurance and help with general teenage concerns, such as mental health, bullying, self harm, healthy eating, drugs, sex, contraception, smoking, alcohol. The texting service is secure and confidential. Text: 07480 635511

Heart is a local radio station. Should the weather be severe overnight or during a weekend the decision regarding a school closure will be broadcast via Heart Radio 102.3 fm between the hours of 7.00am and 8.30am.

Internet Matters provides resources and advice on helping parents keep their children safe online.

Parent Info from CEOP and Parent zone offers expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.
Signalong is based on British Sign Language and is designed to help children & adults with communication difficulties, mostly associated with learning disabilities. All pupils and staff at Linwood are encouraged to use Signalong to support communication. – Trade Unions

Find out how much time Bournemouth Borough Council dedicate to union activity and what unions they are involved with.
Variety offers help with grants for wheelchairs and specialist equipment for children and young people up to the age of 18 years old. Individual families are welcome to apply. Application forms and guidelines can be found on their website.

Young Sibs is a website for siblings of kids with SEN. Their online service offers information and advice for brothers and sisters.

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