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On this page you can find current and previous consultations which are particularly relevant to families with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), practitioners or people are working with children and young people with SEND aged 0 to 25 years.

This means you can make comments or respond and your views will be taken into account when decisions are being made.

Current Consultations

Short Breaks

The Children's Commissioning Team at Wakefield Council are in the process of reviewing our current Short Breaks model and how this may look in future for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities within the district.

To help do this they recently asked Parents or Carers of children and young people who currently receive a short break to give their views. The short break may or may not have been council funded.

To clarify, a definition of a Short Break could be:-

  • Fun activities Children and Young People do in the community
  • Someone who comes to help Children and Young People access fun activities
  • Someone who helps Children and Young People in their home in the day time or during the night
  • Children and Young People sleeping over night away from home
  • Other help the family has in their home to give a break to parents / carers

The Council asked for views and comments on how parents or carers felt about their family's Short Break and what type of activities they would like available in the future.   

Parents and Carers could fill in a questionnaire or attend one of two face to face engagement sessions.

The feedback given will help shape what Short Breaks will look like in the Wakefield District in 2020/21.  Although this might seem a long way away, planning is under way.

Consultation with parents and carers ended on 8 February 2019 and is currently being reviewed and will be available to download from the website shortly.

You can read a summary of the feedback previously received from consultation children and young people about their short breaks below. 

For more information, you can contact the Children Commisioning Team by email at or telephone 01924 302378.

If you would like to take part in any consultations by NHS Wakefield CCG about services across the Wakefield area, please click here

If you would like to provide feedback on Health Services to Healthwatch and Young Healthwatch Wakefield then please click here. For more information about Healthwatch please click here.

Details of consultation exercises by other government departments will be shared on our Facebook page.

User feedback is very important to us and we value all your comments. We want Wakefield’s Local Offer to meet your needs and to do this we need your help.

Please continue to contact us and tell us about your experiences using the Local Offer website and our Offline Offer including support services available in Wakefield. 

You can give feedback from any page on this site, please click on the feedback button at the bottom of the page. You can also email us at

You can read the latest copy of You Said We Did from September 2017 to date here. The report covers issues like parental engagement, variations in the schools meeting SEND requirements, diagnosis need to access support and Local Offer website review plus more.

Previous Consultations

If you have missed a consultation, all the summary information can be downloaded here.

High Needs Review

In March 2017, the Government wrote to the Directors of Children’s Services at all local authorities to ask them to complete a review of High Needs provision in their area.


What does High Needs mean?

High Needs includes children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, children and young people attending Pupil Referral Units and those being educated out of the Wakefield District.


Did people have the chance to share their view?

Yes, in January and February 2018, Wakefield Council asked for the views of people who make use of High Needs provision. This included children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their families, and the organisations that support SEND. Links to copies of the engagement letters and questionnaires are at the bottom of this page.  We sent out almost 2000 letters and asked schools, academies and other partners to share the questionnaires and details about events.


What did people feedback?

Almost 370 responses were received as well as feedback from the parents, carers and practitioners who attended face to face events. A summary of the feedback received is available here

Every single comment received was read and collated.  Feedback was collated in two stages.  Stage 1 looked at all responses that related to buildings, what types of education provisions might be needed in the future and how many places might be needed.  This is called Capital work.


Stage 2 looked at all responses that related to how services are delivered, what was good and what might need to change in the future.


What are the plans going forward?

The Department for Education (DfE) provided the Council with a standard template for Capital Work to complete as part of their review.  You can see the completed version of this document here.


This plan shows that the building work the Council would like to explore will cost more than the funding the DfE is planning to provide. Because of this, the Council will have to do more detailed work with schools, parents, carers, children, young people, practitioners and the DfE in order to explore options and work to see what other funding for building (capital) work can be put aside.


After considering the feedback, and a wide range of other information, a second plan has also been produced.  This plan outlines what the Wakefield Local Area wants to do differently in the future to help improve outcomes for all children and young people with SEND (not just those with High Needs).  You can see a summary of this plan here.

Letter and Key Messages Shared

Key Messages and Engagement Dates


Questionnaires Used

For children and young people with SEND. Particularly those with EHC Plans.

Easy Read Version (with PECS) Other version

For children and young people who have been permanently excluded and are attending a PRU.

For parent carers of children and young people with SEND. Particularly those with EHC Plans.

For parent carers of children and young people who have been permanently excluded and are attending a PRU

For practitioners working with children and young people with SEND and/or their families.

Last reviewed: 15/11/2018