Children in care

The Children In Care (CIC) Health Team provides health support for all children and young people that are placed in the care of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP Council) and Dorset Council.

Our aim is to help children and young people with their physical and emotional health needs and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Initial health assessment

When a child or young person comes into care, we are notified, along with University Hospitals Dorset, by the child’s social worker. 

University Hospitals Dorset will arrange an initial health assessment (IHA) with one of the community paediatricians in Dr Lachlan’s team who hold clinics in Poole and Dorchester. The child or young person will be accompanied to this assessment by their carer.

When the doctor has completed the assessment they  will draw up an initial health plan for the child or young person. This will inform the health and social care team of any identified health needs and a treatment plan.

The health recommendations from this will be sent to the carer and the young person if applicable.

Every child in care has a CiC nurse.

You can contact the team on 01305 361127 or at

The continuing role of the team and review health assessments 

Review health assessments (RHAs) are carried out regularly once a child or young person has had their IHA. If the child is aged under five, we will arrange for the named health visitor to complete an RHA every six months.

All other children or young people will receive an annual RHA by one of the nurses in our team. This can be a home visit, timed after school hours to meet the child and their carer to assess and  identify any health needs and agree a plan to follow up as appropriate. It can also be in a clinic or by virtual means.  We can refer to allied health professionals and teams such as; Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Paediatric Care, Substance Use Services, School Health Team or GP services.

The CIC Health Team also provides training to multi-agency team members and health workshops for Children In Care.

Meet the team

Clare Billings is the named nurse and service lead for CiC Dorset.  She is a registered nurse and school nurse.

BCP team

Emily Garner, team lead, is a Specialist Nurse for CiC and is a registered nurse and school nurse.

Abi Clark, care leavers nurse

Ahmed Abdulrahman, emotional health and wellbeing practitioner

April Johnson,  specialist CiC nurse

Michelle Widdicombe, specialist CiC nurse

Jade Anderson, specialist CiC nurse

Becky Webb, specialist CiC nurse

Alice Jewitt, specialist CiC nurse

Lizzie Clarke, specialist CiC nurse (additional bank work)

Dorset team

Hayley Matthews, team lead, is a specialist nurse for CiC and is a registered nurse

Abi Clark, care leavers nurse

Carrie Briggs, emotional health and wellbeing practitioner for CiC

Carla McGrath specialist CiC nurse

Tiff Whiteford specialist CiC nurse

Felicity Ash, team nurse

Tash Collins specialist CiC nurse

Our locations

Bournemouth Chirstchurch and Poole Children In Care Health Team


14a Commercial Road


Dorset  BH14 0JW



Dorset Children In Care Health Team

Forston Clinic

Herrison Road

Charlton Down


Dorset  DT2 9TB


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