As part of the Wakefield Local Offer, a newsletter with information about services, events, key information and things to do is issued to families with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities registered on the Wakefield Information Network.
From 1st April 2018, the role of producing the newsletter is part of Barnardo’s WESAIL responsibilities with articles and information being provided from services and provisions across the Wakefield district.
Stories and ideas from parents/carers and young people are also welcomed and you can send them to Barnardo’s WESAIL by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Barnardo’s WESAIL at Barnardo's Wakefield Services, Room 249, Castleford Civic Centre, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, WF10 4JH.
You can read the latest copy of the newsletter for Spring 2018 here.
It features a great story from Thomas Radding’s, local swim star who regularly represents Great Britain as part of the Downs Syndrome national team as well as the Post-16 Team, National Apprenticeship Week, Parent Participation News, latest about the Joint SEND Inspection, Young People Voice, Increase in Max Card age limit, World Autism Day and Things to do.
To get a copy of the newsletter before it gets added to the website, please see the section How to get my copy below.
If you missed out on the back issues of the newsletter or would like to read a copy one of the articles again, all the issues are available to download below.
Features Joint SEND Inspection, Things to do, Parent Participation News, You said.. We did..., Shaping Local Services, Family Fund and Anti Bullying Week.
Features Summer Play schemes, Money Savers, Parent Participation News, Things to do and Tips to survive the summer holidays.
Features Local Offer Live feedback, Things to do, TEAM Wakefield Parent Carer Forum, Support for Parents and Carers, Having your say about the Peer Challenge and how services and people working with children and young people with SEND can respond in more helpful ways.
Features the Future In Mind, Local Offer Review feedback, the Inspirations and Aspirations of young people and Learning to Fingerspell.
Features information about Joint Inspections of Local Area SEND Provision, Special Needs Clothing at M&S, Holiday Tips for children and young people with autism, Holiday Learning Fun and Information and Advice Sessions for parents and carers.
Features Personalisation, Local Offer website, Activities and things to do, Early Help Hubs and SEND Children’s Centres and WANDS, the Council’s Network for Disabled Staff.
Features Seaside in the City, Designated Keyworker at KIDS WESAIL, YoungSibs service, Independent Supporter service at KIDS WESAIL, Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) Survey, Barnardo’s CAPS and Information and Advice Sessions for parents and carers.
If you sign up to the Wakefield Information Network (IN), you get a copy of the newsletter before it appears on the website along with advance details of planned events.
The IN is also the Disabled Children’s Register which the council has a statutory duty to have and keep up to date. The register is voluntary for families to join but helps inform decisions about new and existing services across the Wakefield district.
Practitioners who work with families with children and young people with additional needs can also sign up to the IN to receive an email copy of the newsletter.
To find out more about the IN and how to apply, please click here.
Last reviewed: 13/03/2018