How to access Help and Support

To make sure we provide the appropriate advice and assistance we need to assess children and young people's individual needs.

An assessment is offered to those children and young people with disabilities who are described as 'Children in Need' under The Children Act 1989.  Specialist teams work with disabled children and young people who have a learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment, complex health needs and life limiting or life threatening conditions, and their families and carers.

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If you would like an assessment of need please contact 0300 1234 101

Before the assessment takes place, we will talk to you about who needs to be involved and ask your permission to contact them. A member of our team will meet with you and your family to discuss your needs. Any information will be kept confidential, unless there are concerns about your safety or the safety of others.

During the assessment we will discuss your child's developmental needs, for example their health, education, what they are good at and enjoy, their care needs and information about their wider family, community and their environment. It may also be necessary to observe a child in their school or respite setting. This will provide us with an understanding of their needs on a day to day basis.

Before the assessment is completed we will meet again and you will be asked for your views which can then be recorded in the assessment. Once completed you will receive a copy. If you are not in agreement with the assessment please feel free to discuss your concerns.

Assessments are offered to all children and young people who meet our criteria, regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religion and beliefs

The threshold and eligibility guidance that is used in Cornwall can be read here: Safeguarding Children Board Threshold Tool.