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Personal Budgets for 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)

What is a personal budget?

Personal budgets are designed to give children, young people and their families choice, control, flexibility and independence.

Personal budgets are resources that may come from education or social care which families can use to support their disabled child or young person’s assessed needs.

The NHS is also making Personal Health Budgets available to anyone assessed as eligible for Children’s Continuing Care.

A personal budget can be used to access services from the statutory and independent or voluntary sector providers, mixing and matching what is available from organisations to best meet your child or young person’s needs.

You can download and read more in our Guide to personal budgets and personal budget Statements.

Who can have a personal budget?

To be eligible to receive a personal budget, children and young people must be assessed as requiring social care or have special educational needs.

They must also be involved in the Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process, and they must be resident in Cornwall.

What can a personal budget be used for?

A personal budget can be used for any provision or service that has been identified as a need in the child or young person’s care plan.

Following an assessment, a person of your own choosing can work alongside your child, young person and their family to develop a Person Centred Support Plan. Alternatively, you may choose to write a Support Plan yourself. Or you may prefer to work with a Support Brokerage organisation. We have a list of approved providers you can choose from.

The Person-Centred Support Plan sets out how you want to be supported and how you would like the personal budget to be used. Family and friends may be involved in this decision making if that would be of help.

Allocation of a personal budget will not affect any benefits that your child, young person or family is receiving as it is not classed as additional income.

Who to contact

01872 322083 (Education)
07919 692274 (Health)
01872 327483 (Social Care)
Personal Budgets for Children and Young People Cornwall Council page

Where to go

Children and Family Services
Personalisation Support Team
39 Penwinnick Road
St Austell
PL25 5DR

Time / date details

Time of day

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

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

How we make our service inclusive

  • Ensuring staff training is kept up to date
  • Being flexible where possible to fit in with family circumstances
  • Using translators where required
  • Signposting to outside impartial support
  • Liaising with other support services
Staff SEND experience

Workers have significant experience of supporting children with a wide range of additional and complex needs

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

Workers have significant experience of supporting schools and colleges

Support at key transition points

Our service supports children, young people and their families at key transition points

Other local or national support

Contact a Family:

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

Contact the person you are concerned about and try to resolve the differences directly

Contact the line manager of the person if you wish to make a complaint

Contact Yvette Yates, manager of the Disabled Children and Therapy Service

Follow the Cornwall Council complaints and compliments process

Last updated: 09/12/2021

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