Support for families with disabled children
There are a range of services available for children with disabilities, their families or carers. All services are listed on the Local Offer website. More detail about the Local Offer website is available below.
Some services are available to all children and young people within the Wakefield District and some require an assessment of need:
The Local Offer
The Local Offer in Wakefield is for children and young adults, aged 0-25 years, with additional needs and their families. It also aimed at practitioners who work with them providing support or assistance.
The Local Offer is available as a website which you can search using different filters to find information you may need. The website includes details about things like personal budgets, short breaks and things to do as well as information about Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), support groups in the area and more.
You can visit Wakefield’s Local Offer here:
Information, support and advice
Information Network (IN)
The IN is a register of families with children and young people, aged 0-25 years, with additional needs and the practitioners who work with them. It is also used as the Disabled Children’s Register in the Wakefield area.
The Disabled Children’s Register is something every Council must have and keep up to date under the Children’s Act 1989. It is free to join but you can choose if you would like to be included.
The IN helps us with understanding what services and support may be needed in the local area. It is also used to give anonymous information about disabled children in Wakefield district when it is asked for.
You can find out more about the IN and how you can tell us what information you would like to receive and from whom here:
Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison (WESAIL)
If you are a parent/carer of a child with additional needs, or a professional working with the family, you can contact WESAIL if you are not able to use the Local Offer website, or cannot find what you are looking for.
WESAIL is provided by Barnardo’s and includes the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS). The role of a SENDIASS service is to provide access to free, accurate and impartial information, advice and support about matters relating to special educational needs and or disability. This includes issues related to health, education and social care.
The WESAIL service can also offer targeted short term support along with workshops and training for parents and carers of children with additional needs.
TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) is the lead parent/carer forum for the Wakefield local area, and is funded by the Department for Education.
TEAM give parents and carers a voice and make their views count towards the improvement of services for children and their families. TEAM aims to make sure that parent/carer views are listened to in any future planning and developments.
TEAM provides social opportunities for families to take part in and meet other people. TEAM also host listening events with key services from education, health and social care sharing any concerns and information about what is happening in Wakefield, our region and nationally for families with children and young people with additional needs.
Social Care Direct
Telephone: 0345 8 503 503
Mini Com: 01924 303 450 (Type talk calls welcome)
Telephone: 01924 304 152, available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Post: Barnardo’s Wakefield, Castleford Civic Centre, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, WF10 4JH
Telephone: 07880 203670