What does it mean? – B


This page is part of our handy list of definitions and explanations of some of the terms that you might have come across but didn’t know what they meant. If you think we’ve missed something, let us know, and we’ll look at added it to the list. 

These are the entries for B. You can see other entries by clicking the letters below.


Best Interest

This means doing what is best for you to keep you safe, happy and healthy. Your views are important but sometimes you might disagree with your social worker about what is in your best interest. However, they should always explain to you the reasons why they disagree with you. Your social worker should always be working towards your best interests, and they are very important to the court when they are making decisions about you.


This a mental illness where a person’s mood goes from feeling very low to very high. Many people feel ‘up and down’ but people who are diagnosed Bipolar suffer extreme changes in mood which can last for several weeks, days or hours and they may feel out of sorts often.

The Rethink website has lots of help, information and support, or talk to your PA if you think you have mental health problems. A list of local mental health and wellbeing services is available here.


A budget is a sum of money that is controlled by a person, or a group of people and is set aside to spend on particular things. Devon County Council has lots of different budgets and all the money comes from tax payers so it’s important that it is spent carefully and that the Council knows what has been spent.