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.
Calling all parents and carers – this is your child/young person’s chance to have their voices heard about the new SEND Strategy for Wakefield!
Wakefield Council is working on their SEND Strategy for 2020-2024. The strategy is focused on improving services and outcomes for children, young people and adults with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) aged 0-25 in Wakefield.
There are 7 priorities in the strategy and Wakefield Council wants to know which ones are important to your child/young person, or if they have any other concerns. Fill in our quick survey with your child/young person by Friday 9th October 2020 to make sure that they get to have their say! The survey is written in child/young person friendly language. Just follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7PRHKZ7
If you have missed a consultation, all the summary information can be downloaded here.
During 2018 the Council wanted to look at what short breaks will look like across the Wakefield District in 2020/21.
What is a Short Break?
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
As you recall a series of engagement events occurred between November 2018 and July 2019 to find out what children and young people, their parents and carers and the people who work with them thought about the Short Breaks Services.
We have designed the Short Breaks Offer based on feedback received throughout the engagement events, as well as the budget available.
What did people feedback?
Summaries of the feedback previously received from consultation about short breaks can be found below.
You can also read a copy of the Final Short Breaks Enagagment Report by clicking on the link below.
What are the plans going forward?
We would like to invite you to look at the Short Breaks Offer we are proposing to make available to children and young people across the Wakefield District from September 2020.
You can read about details of the proposed Short Breaks Offer in the document to download below. It also includes some frequently asked questions. This will be updated if we are asked more questions during the consultation process.
A number of consultation opportunities will be available to you to have your say from 11 November 2019 until 10 January 2020.
We will be holding a FREE face to face event on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at The Glasshoughton Centre, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, WF10 4PF. The day will be split into two sessions; morning and afternoon. You will get the chance to meet providers delivering services across the district, attend a short workshop about the new Short Breaks Offer followed by the opportunity to have your say.
Full details of the event and how to book are included in the document below.
If you cannot attend the event, you can fill in our online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ShortBreaksFinalConsultation.
Alternatively, you can download a paper copy of the questionnaire to complete below.
If you prefer you can call the SEND Development Team on 01924 302410 to tell us what you think. You can also email us at SEND@wakefield.gov.uk or write to us at SEND Development Team, County Hall, Room 230, Bond Street, Wakefield, WF1 2QW.
This is our last planned consultation about this model but remember all services are reviewed and looked at regularly.
After the consultation we will look at all the feedback received and review the Short Breaks Offer. We will take the final model to Elected Members (Cabinet) in March 2020 to ask for their approval to start to deliver the new Short Breaks Offer in September 2020.
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.
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
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.
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 updated 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
For children and young people with SEND. Particularly those with EHC Plans.
Parent/Carer Survey 2019
To help us to plan activities, engagement events and to assist us in representing the voice of SEND parents and carers, KIDS, on behalf of TEAM, conducted a survey.
This survey was for parents / carers in Wakefield who have children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our aim was to see how well Wakefield Council and Health Services identify children and young people with SEND, how well they meet those needs and how effectively they improve outcomes for those children and young people.
What are the plans going forward?
The results of the survey are currently being reviewed and summarised in a short report. They will be used in our discussions with Wakefield Council to help improve services. The survey findings will also be made available to parent / carers on the local offer.
Last reviewed: 24/10/2019