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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Child Development Centre

Our service offers a multi-professional approach to the assessment and treatment of pre-school children with a variety of developmental needs within Poole, Bournemouth and parts of Dorset. We aim to offer a family focused service that provides a safe and child friendly environment. We work with parents to plan and deliver care, which will enable their children to fulfil their potential.

We also host school aged clinics for children with possible neurodevelopmental conditions.

Further information about referring children to the Child Development Centre (CDC) can be found here.

Child Development Centre - Our Philosophy

The team at the Child Development Centre will:-

  • Provide a safe, child friendly environment in which they will undertake expert team assessments and therapy for children whose needs cannot be met in the community.
  • Work with parents to plan and deliver therapeutic intervention which will enable their children to fulfil their potential.
  • Acknowledge families' individual circumstances, share and provide relevent information and allow informed choice.
  • Ensure that children are treated with tact and understanding and that their dignity and privacy is respected at all times, with every possible steps taken to minimise emotional and physical distress.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies so that children have equal access to opportunities and experiences in their community.

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