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How to refer a family to Home-Start West Dorset

If you are a health visitor, GP or professional in the social care and child care sector:

You should:

  • Discuss Home-Start West Dorset with the family - they MUST agree to receive support.
  • Establish that the family has at least one child under five - this is key to Home-Start West Dorset support.
  • Contact Home-Start West Dorset to discuss and check availability
  • Complete a referral form, which indicates the family's needs, and post or email to the office.

Home-Start West Dorset will:

  • Set up an initial visit with the family to discuss their needs and tell them all about Home-Start West Dorset.
  • Carefully match the skills and experiences of a volunteer to the needs of the family.
  • Introduce the volunteer to the family (this may take time and if a suitable match can not be made then you will be informed).
  • Let you know when Home-Start West Dorset support starts and ends.
  • Keep you informed, within confidentiality guidelines, about progress.

Download a referral form