Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Working together to make things better (co-production)

Our commitment to better co-production 

BCP Council and NHS Dorset are committed to working in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and the relevant agencies to radically improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). 

OfstedOfstedOfsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It inspects services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. It also inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people.’s 2021 inspection of SEND provision rightly highlighted that we have not worked together with families to co-produce services in the way that we should. Parents and carers have also explained to us the importance of engaging with a far wider range of families, who better represent the range of special educational needs and disabilities across BCP, and the different challenges that families face.  

Our Written Statement of Action sets out the steps we will take to improve co-production practice at a strategic and operational level.

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As the lead statutory bodies, BCP Council and NHS Dorset take full accountability for delivering the SEND improvement plan, but parents, carers, children and young people will remain at the centre of the work as we implement changes.  

It is vital that we shape future services around the experiences of the people we are here to support. If you would like to share your views and experiences, please see the information below on how you can get involved.  

Co-production charters

BCP Council and NHS Dorset have worked with parents, carers, young people and children to produce co-production charters to explain how we will work together to make SEND better. We will continue to work together, to agree how the charters might be reviewed and updated:

A note of thanks 

We could not have prepared the SEND improvement plan without so many parents and carers giving up their time to work with us and share their experiences. Thank you to everyone, including the following groups (listed alphabetically): 

  • Dorset Children’s Foundation 
  • Dorset Doors Open 
  • Parent Carer Foundation 
  • Parent Carers Together (our strategic partner) 
  • SENturions 
  • Slades Farm Group 
  • SWAN (Syndromes Without A Name) UK 
How you can get involved

If you would like to share your views and ideas in the future, to help us improve SEND services, we would love to hear from you.

You can contact us via or by contacting one of the parent/carer groups mentioned above:

Dorset Children's Foundation -

Parent Carer Foundation -

Parent Carers Together


To stay up-to-date with what's happening in the SEND transformation programme and the improvements we are making, you can also sign up to our weekly family information newsletter. To subscribe, please click here, enter your details and tick the Family Information option.

Co-production of the Local Offer website

BCP Council is working in partnership with families and relevant local organisations to improve the SEND Local Offer website (this website).

Ofsted’s 2021 inspection of SEND provision rightly highlighted that we need to improve the way we co-produce SEND services and support. Our Written Statement of Action sets out how we will do that.

We are developing and agreeing arrangements across our partners for updating and maintaining the Local Offer, and will be establishing an editorial board that includes families and other partners. The board will help us ensure the right information is published in the best format on the Local Offer in the future.

We recently worked with parent carer representatives, NHS Dorset and Dorset Council to develop the health section of the BCP Council and Dorset Council Local Offer websites.

We are also working with parents and carers to develop and improve the social care section of the website. A parent/carer survey was carried out in April 2021 - read the results here. If you want to be involved in this piece of work please contact Parent Carers Together or email


If you would like to share your views on the Local Offer website or get involved in the work to develop and improve the website, please email us at or call 01202 093131. Alternatively, you can complete the feedback form to tell us what you think of our current site and how we could make it better.

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