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Get help for your family

How can I find help myself?

Our Family Information Service can help you with online information such as:

Find support on our Local Offer

Information, advice and services to support parents and families of children and young people with SEND.

How can I get help from elsewhere?

Sometimes you may feel you need a bit more help and support. Our Family Partnership Zones can help with this. 

Family Partnership Zones

There are 7 Family Partnership Zones across Dorset, which include our Children's Centres. They're made up of different professionals who work together in local communities to make sure you get the right help at the right time.

In some circumstances you may need more specialised services and your Family Partnership Zone team can help coordinate this. They will try to make sure there's a single professional that works with your family. This lead professional means you only have to tell your story once and you have one point of contact. 

Family Partnership Zones can:

  • bring together professionals to help your child, for example, by working with your health visitor, doctor or school teacher
  • provide one-to-one family work
  • suggest  parenting support courses that could help you and your family
  • offer help and advice for more complex needs, maybe you’re concerned about your child’s behaviour, or worried about their development or emotional or mental health
  • support young people and teenagers through  targeted youth work
  • link you to local groups that can support you, including activities at your local Children's Centre
  • help your child be ready for school
  • help you fill out any relevant forms and paperwork

If you think you might need help, contact your local zone:

Family Partnership Zone
;Zone nameEmailPhone
Chesil 01305 225750
West Dorset 01308 421714
Dorchester 01305 221348
Purbeck 01305 225729
Christchurch 01202 225724
East Dorset 01202 225710
North Dorset 01305 224310

Map of Family Partnership Zones

See a map of our zones:

Dorset Families Matter

Dorset Families Matter is a partnership programme. We set this programme up in 2012 to deliver the government's Troubled Families agenda. Through the programme we aim to support families who experience many complex challenges to help them improve their well-being.  This support comes from professionals already working with eligible families. 

Whole-family working is central to this. All the principles and ways of working that have been tested out by Dorset Families Matter have now been incorporated into the work of the Family Partnership Zones across Dorset. 

Professionals supporting families

Email if you're a professional supporting families to find more information.  

Chesil Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Name: Nicola Shoemark
Tel: 01305 225750
Full details for Chesil Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Christchurch Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Name: Steve Cox O'Rourke
Mob: 01202 225724
Full details for Christchurch Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

East Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Name: Tracey Connelly
Tel: 01202 225710
Full details for East Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

North Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Name: Ruth Forbes
Tel: 01305 224310
Full details for North Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Purbeck Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Name: Richard Watson
Tel: 01305 225729
Full details for Purbeck Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

West Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Name: Sharon Russell
Tel: 01308 421714
Full details for West Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

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