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Consultations

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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

A series of engagement events occurred between November 2018 and February 2019 to help shape what short breaks will look like across the Wakefield District in 2020/21.

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

During these events we gatherered the views and thoughts of children and young people, their parents and carers and the people who work with them. 

We have taken all the feedback into consideration and used it to produce a suggested future plan for short breaks. This has been designed around a service that Wakefield Council needs to deliver to meet its legal duties. We have included a number of extra options based on what people have told us what they need and want future services to look like and include.

We now want to know which of these extra options are most important to you and your family, as there is not enough funding to have all of the options.  There are many ways you can be involved these include:

  1. Drop in sessions across the Wakefield District - for details of all these sessions please read Drop In Sessions Information Sheet and Locations
  2. Family fun event - for more details and to book places please read the Family Fun Event Information Sheet and Booking Form.
  3. Speaking to us as we visit groups
  4. Questionnaires
  5. Telephone us
  6. Email us
  7. Write to us

Future Short Breaks Delivery Model

If you are unable to attend the drop in sessions the future plan is available by clicking on the link below to provide feedback:

Short Breaks Engagement - Draft Delivery Model

Short Breaks Engagement - Parent Carer Feedback Form

You can send feedback to SEND@wakefield.gov.uk or post to SEND Development Team, Count Hall, Wakefield, WF1 2QW.

The suggested future plan will be updated from all the feedback received. There will be a further opportunity for children and young people, parent and carers and providers to review the proposed final Short Breaks model during the Autumn/Winter 2019. We will write to you again towards the end of summer with details of final consultation opportunities.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your time and feedback you have already provided, and hope you can continue to work with us to help shape the future of short breaks across the Wakefield District.

You can download the full letter issued to families about this stage of consultation below as well as an easy read version of the information.

Letter to Parents and Carers about Short Breaks Engagement - May 2019

Short Breaks Engagement - Easy Read Version - May 2019

Summaries of the feedback previously received from consultation about short breaks so far can be found below. 

For more information, you can contact the SEND Development Team by email at SEND@wakefield.gov.uk or telephone 01924 302410.

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 SEND@wakefield.gov.uk.


You can read the latest copy of You Said We Did for 2018 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: 17/06/2019