||My child has a disability but I don't know what help is available. How can I find out?
There are various ways in which you can find out what services are available. The following are useful starting points:-
1. The Children with Complex Care Needs Team has an advice line. Social workers are available to answer general queries relating to disabled children.
Available: Monday, Thursday & Friday 2pm – 4pm on 01924 379015
2. Social Care Direct deals with all new requests for Social Care Services within the Wakefield District.
Available: Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm; Saturday 8am to 12noon
Tel: 0845 8 503 503
Fax 01924 303455
3. To find out about education services for children/young people with special needs the Parent Partnership have produced an information pack for parents and carers entitled ’Working Together with Special Educational Needs’
To get your copy: Tel: 01924 303662 or
4. Contact A Family, a national charity provides help and advice for families caring for children with any disability or special need. They aim to link families together and encourage mutual support between parents.
Helpline available 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday 0808 808 3555
||I have recently found out that my child has a disability. It would really help if I could talk to other parents. How can I get in touch?
There are a number of local support groups. These include:
Downs Syndrome Support Group This is a local group that offers mutual support, advice and information to parents who have children with Downs Syndrome and other special needs. Tel: 07952 31470
DirectKidz Aware (formerly Special Abilities) Self help and support group for parents/carers of children with special needs.
West Yorkshire ADHD Support Group, West Yorkshire, ADHD support group meets the first Tuesday of every month, in the Blue Room, Postgraduates Medical Centre, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield. Mrs Brenda Maw. Tel: 01924 863212 West Yorks ADHD Support Group 40 Meadowfields DriveCrofton,Wakefield, West Yorks WF4 1JE
Wakefield Support Group for Autism
Provides help, advice and information on any aspect of autism. Andrea Ryecroft Tel: 01924 260657 Group Email: email@example.com@wsga.co.uk
Or contact Wakefield and District Carers Association Advice, information and support for Carers. 25 King Street Wakefield WF1 2SR Tel: 01924 305544 Fax: 01924 305348 For a full list of local support groups Ring the Advice Line: 01924 302118 Monday, Thursday Friday 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
||My child has a statement of special educational need. What will happen when my child leaves school?
When your child is in year 9, the annual review must also result in the drawing up of a transition plan. This is a document that will set out what needs to happen to enable your child to move on successfully to adult life. This plan will be drawn up with help from Social Services and the Connexions Service.
For more information about transition and other educational issues, telephone Parent Partnership Service on 01924 303662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask for a copy of their information pack.
||My child has a disability but I’m not sure what benefits are available.
The main benefit claimed by disabled children is Disability Living Allowance. Payments can amount to up to £100 a week. There are different rates of payment dependent on the degree of the disability. These are based on two ‘components’ - care (can be claimed from 3 months) and mobility (can be claimed from 3 years)
Most young people with a learning difficulty will qualify for this benefit in one form or another depending on the severity of their condition. Claims should be made as soon as possible since payments cannot generally be backdated. Because amounts can differ quite significantly, it is wise to seek advice before claiming.
It is also worth being aware:
- as a carer you may be entitled to benefits in your own right.
- as your child approaches his/her sixteenth birthday, their benefit entitlement may change and it is important to get advice at this time.
It is always best to seek advice regarding benefits as:
- The benefit system is complex and often changes considerably each April
- Everyone’s circumstances are different.
||Where can I get advice about benefits?
For local, free advice, contact:
Disabled Information Advice Line (DIAL)
Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm
Tel: 01977 723933 or 723934 (Please telephone to make an appointment)
Fax: 01977 668662
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Tel: 08701 212044 (advice)
Fax: 01924 200837
Tel: 01924 383200 (appointments)
Tel: 0870 1212044
Tel: 0870 1212044
Fax: 01977 795098
or look at their website www.adviceguide.org.uk
||One of my children has a disability. I could do with some time to spend with my other children who often ‘lose out’. Also I never get any time to myself. Can I get some help?
A number of short break services are available to disabled children and their families.
Connect is a family placement service, offering short breaks in a family setting for disabled children from 0-18 years.
The Home Based Break Service offers short breaks for disabled children/young people aged 0 – 18 years in their own community:-
- Home Support Service: takes place within the child/ young person’s home.
- Leisure Link: provides over 8s with access to sport and leisure activities
- Special Time: a sitting service to allow parents/carers leisure time of their own
Rainbow House is a short stay unit for children with learning disabilities and some kind of challenging behaviour.
Rose Garth is a short stay unit for children with learning disabilities and complex health care needs.
Wasdale Children’s Resource Centreis a short stay unit for disabled children/young people.
Access to all these services is via a referral from a social worker or other professional.
After a social work assessment, all applications for a short break are heard at The Short Breaks Panel. Families are invited to attend the panel so that the most useful service can be identified.
||How can I get aids or adaptations for my home?
These are available from the Adaptations Assessment Team. Referral is via professionals or you can ring them directly. Services are available to Wakefield District Housing Tenants as well as Home Owners and private tenants.
Adaptations Assessment Team
Wakefield, WF1 1DF
Tel: 01924 304550
Fax: 01924 304544
||How can I get the specialist equipment that my child needs?
All specialist equipment has to be ordered from the Integrated Community Equipment Sercvice (ICES) by a paediatric occupational therapist (OT) after an assessment. If you feel that your child could benefit from using an item of specialist equipment, but you are not in contact with an OT then please ring Social Care Direct on 01924 303456
||My sister has a disability and I help care for her. Who can I talk to about this?
Wakefield and District Young Carers offers services for children and young people up to 18 whose lives are affected by some caring responsibility for a family member with a chronic illness or disability. Services include befriending, counselling, group support, advice, advocacy, outings and holiday programmes.
Wakefield and District Young Carers
8-10 Westmoreland Street
Wakefield WF1 1PJ
Tel: 01924 304110/2
Wakefield and District Carers Association
Advice, information and support for carers. An advocacy service and home visits are now available.
25 King Street
Wakefield WF1 2SR
Tel: 01924 305544
Fax: 01924 305348
or contact: Social Care Direct : 01924 303456
||What are Direct Payments?
Direct payments are cash payments given to people to buy there own care as an alternative to care being arranged and provided by Social Services. They are available after an assessment of need. They are available to all people aged 16 years and over and to people who have parental responsibility for disabled children
Direct payments could provide you with a ‘short break’ or support for your child and family at home in a way that you might find more useful.
If you would like to find out more about Direct Payments then:
- Look on the Wakefield Website under Direct Payments
- Contact Social Care Direct on 01924 303456
- Talk to your social worker
- Ring the Children with Disabilities Team Advice Line: 01924 302118
Monday to Friday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
||What holiday activities or out of school clubs are available to my child?
DISPORT (Federation of Disability Sports Organisations) offers a variety of sports based activities and clubs.
Tel: 01924 279302
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Various schemes available. Open to everyone.
Co-ordinator – Mike Wood Tel: 01226 392317
Phoenix Club, Batley Road – Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm
For information about this Club and others starting in Hemsworth and Castleford Contact Carol White Tel: 01977 611527
Riding for the Disabled
Wakefield Tel: 01924 241341
Ackworth Tel: 01977 795450 or 01977 610637
Want to know about the Council’s sports and leisure facilities?
Tel: 01924 302378
Wakefield Autism Leisure Club
Monday and Wednesday evenings at Thornes Park
Contact Mrs Claire Stephenson Tel: 01924 820233
Wakefield Museums and Arts
To join the free mailing list of activities and workshops, write to:
Museums and Arts
Wakefield, WF1 1BR
Tel: 01924 305902
where there is a focus on children/young people with special needs.
The Saturday Club
Cross Keys Youth Centre, Stanley
Tel: 01924 303125
The Open Door
Green Leas School, Green Lane, Pontefract
Tel: 01977 722824