Skip to main content

Cornwall Council - Occupational Therapy Service (Children and Young People)
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

COVID19 Update for parents and carers regarding ongoing occupational therapy work

Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus we have had to make some changes to the way that your Occupational Therapist works with you and your child. 

Your Occupational Therapist will ring you before a visit to ask if you would like to go ahead with it. Please let them know if your child or someone in the family is showing symptoms.

If your child, someone in your family, your Occupational Therapist or a member of their family have any of these symptoms the visit will be postponed.

If you do not want visits at the moment your Occupational Therapist will note this and we will keep in touch with you on a regular basis.  As much as possible, we will continue to work remotely for you and your child. This might be via phone calls, Skype or something similar.  Due to staffing, you may be contacted or seen by a different Occupational Therapist from the team.

We will operate a priority system for working with you and your children, for example a high priority would be where provision of moving and handling equipment in a high risk situation is necessary.

The Occupational Therapy Service for children and young people is part of Cornwall’s Social Care, Disabled Children & Therapy Service. We provide an equipment and adaptation service to disabled children and young people in their own homes. 

The Occupational Therapy service is available for any disabled child or young person resident in Cornwall aged 0 - 18 years who has a permanent and substantial learning or physical disability and a need to improve their access, independence, and activities of daily living.

We usually assess children and young people who have:

  • A physical disability
  • A learning disability
  • A chronic life-limiting or life-threatening condition
  • Sensory impairment or loss
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Other complex needs

 To make sure that disabled children and young people have the right support we will assess individual need and jointly agree the services that need to be put in place.

 What services do we offer?

Services include the arrangement of loan equipment, moving and handling advice for children and carers, arrangement of minor and major adaptations.

The Occupational Therapist can arrange to loan the equipment that your child needs at home via the Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Service.

Major adaptations are funded via the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).  For some children and young people, the occupational therapist makes a recommendation to the Home Solutions Team, Cornwall Council, who provide a service for the adaptations process and decide about the eligibility for the DFG.

For advice on eligibility for Disabled Facilities Grants to adapt a home for someone with a disability please see: 

What area do we cover?

The service is available throughout Cornwall. Our Occupational Therapists work as a county-wide service and are based within the three area teams of the Disabled Children’s & Therapy Service: West, Mid and East. 

How can someone start using the service?

Anyone can make a referral for the Occupational Therapy Service if they want an assessment for a disabled child or young person. You can call or make a written referral directly to the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) for Children on 0300 123 1116, based at County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.

There can be a high demand for the service so we prioritise referrals according to urgency of need and risk of potential harm. If the Occupational Therapy service is not appropriate to help you we aim to offer other ideas and signpost you to more suitable help.

Who to contact

0300 1234 101

Other details


Age ranges
From 0 years to 17 years 11 months
Referral required
Referral details

If you feel that help from a Paediatric Occupational Therapist would benefit your family please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116

Inclusion details

How we make our service inclusive

We are able to visit children and families in their home or in their school to assess their need for adaptions or aids to assist them in accessing their environment

Staff SEND experience

Our staff are trained professionals and are skilled at working with children and young people with SEND

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

We work closely with schools to provide advice, support, equipment and adaptions to enable children and young people to access their school setting

Support at key transition points

We work closely with schools to provide advice, support, equipment and adaptions to enable children and young people to access their school setting

Other local or national support


Disabled Facilities Grants: 



Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

Cornwall Council aims to provide good services that are easy for our customers to access.  Our Customer Promise explains the service you can expect from us.

Cornwall Council has a formal complaints procedure. 

Last updated: 02/03/2020

Back to top
Powered by Open Objects ©