This referral pack has been designed to provide information and advice to professionals from health, education and social care, who have concerns about the development and behaviour of children and young people under their care and are thinking about a referral to paediatric services.
It contains practical advice and referral forms and should be used in conjunction with the Development and Behaviour Pathway developed locally by clinicians, professionals, parents and carers and the voluntary sector.
There are some minor differences in how services are delivered by health trusts across Dorset, but referral criteria and pathways have been produced jointly, with stakeholder involvement from the outset.
There is a strong commitment to improve outcomes for children, young people and families from all agencies across education, health and social care.
Referral forms for schools and pre-schools are attached to this article along with more detailed guidance.