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Wakefield Parent / Carer Forum (TEAM)


TEAM are the lead Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Parent Carer Forum for the Wakefield area representing your views and concerns with education, health and care services for your child or children with additional needs.

TEAM is made of parents and carers from the area who also have children with additional needs so they understand what issues or challenges families can sometimes face. They regularly host training, participation sessions and fun events for families. TEAM also make sure parents voices are heard when services make key decisions about what they do and offer to families across the Wakefield District.

TEAM is not a replacement for other groups - parents can be members of more than one parent/carer group. We are also not disability-specific so we aim to link with other groups across the area including those that may be. Members of TEAM try to attend sessions other groups hold from time and keep in touch via email about any issues coming up they may be able to raise on their behalf or help with.

TEAM are also members of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums which helps them with sharing good practices and ideas from other local areas too. This makes sure the Wakefield area is represented about national topics and changes in government policy that may affect our families.

What we have been involved in

TEAM have worked hard to develop relationships with the local authority, health and social care, helping to provide parent voice at a strategic level and voice concerns on behalf of families. Some of the things we have been involved in include:

  • organising the first Market Place event for services in Wakefield to come together under one roof giving families the opportunity to meet them face to face. In 2016 we worked in partnership with Wakefield Council, WESAIL and Oakfield Park High School, to include Post 16 services, and make this bigger as Local Offer Live.
  • co-producing the Wakefield People’s Charter with the local authority to help embed a good working practice between parents and services and working towards consulting with schools and health services to embed the Charter as a mark of good practice. 
  • organising the annual Parent/Carer’s Conference. Barrister Steve Broach, recognised advocate of disability and children’s rights as well as co-author of Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook, has previously attended and given a parent friendly guide to the law and discuss how changes from the Children and Families Act 2014 work.
  • representing views of parents on the SEND Transformation Board and different working groups set up to bring in SEND Reforms in the Wakefield area.
  • participating in the first Local Area Joint SEND Inspection for Wakefield in June 2017.
  • participating in the update and design of autism assessment pathways working in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group and local health services to do that.
  • hosting Parent/Carer Listening Events each term each with a focus on health, education or transitions and more.
  • helping to signpost parents to where they can access help and support.
  • delivering A Day in My Shoes sessions to practitioners working with families to help them better understand issues we may face from a parent/carer perspective.

It’s not all business though, we also host social events for families too to help reduce social isolation and give you a chance to meet other families like yours, sharing experiences and tips. Some of our past events have included:

  • Halloween parties at The Hut
  • Ski, snowboarding and tobogganing sessions at Snozone
  • A day out at the Wonkey Donkey Sanctuary
  • Coffee mornings

Many of the events we host are free to attend, some more carry a small charge depending on funding available.

What do we have coming up?

Dates for your diary for activities and events coming up are:

TEAM Steering Group Meetings

  • Future dates TBC

All sessions for the Steering Group will be held in Barnardo's Conference Room at Castleford Civic Centre. Please press the buzzer for Barnardo's when you arrive and someone will come down to let you in the building. 

Coffee and Cake sessions

  • Future dates TBC

Free Tea or Coffee and Cake will be provided. Come along to meet and chat with parents and carers of children and young people with special needs and disabilities. Contact for further information.

Family Fun Events

  • Future dates TBC 

To book your place please contact Jackie Parkin, Parent Participation Co-ordinator (Wakefield/Barnsley), on 07590 487736 or email

Parent/Carer Conference 

  • Future date TBC

Parent/Carer Engagement Events 

  • Education, Health and Care Plan Assessment and Review Process - Thursday 13 February 2020, 10am to 12:30pm at Brook House Working Men's Club, 221 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF1 5NU 

Parent and carers are invited to ask questions, share views about the Education, Health and Care Assessment, Plan and Review Process. At the engagement event there will be representatives from the Local Authority and Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group. The event will be conducted in small group discussions giving everyone the chance to speak and be heard. Light refreshments will be available.

To book your place now, please click on this link

  • Occupational Therapy - Tuesday 10 March 2020, 12:30pm to 2:30pm at Brook House Working Men's Club, 221 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF1 5NU 

The team have had excellent feedback from families for their “That Makes Sense” education sessions and would like this to be their first port of call for children who are referred with Sensory concerns. They have also heard feedback around parent questionnaires they ask to be completed and also challenges with getting referred to the service. These are things the team would value your input on how to improve.

The sensory service has seen a dramatic increase in referrals over the past 12 months – which is putting incredible strain on the system and necessitates a review of the pathway. The team want any changes made to be in line with family’s needs, and they do not want to risk reducing the quality of the service.

The team have ideas on how to address families concerns, whilst easing access to the occupational therapy service. They would really appreciate families input into these proposed changes. They would especially appreciate if you are a family who have a child with sensory difficulties, whether seen by the Children's Occupational Therapy Team or not, as your lived experience is vital for them to learn from.

The event will be staffed by occupational therapists involved in sensory assessment and there will be tables for specific conversation to take place around the sensory pathway. One table will be specifically discussing “That Makes Sense” presentation so they would really appreciate people who have attended “That Makes Sense” sessions to comment on the proposed changes.

To book your place now, please click on this link

You can also find out about our events and useful information we share on our Facebook and twitter pages. See the How to contact us section for more details.

How can I get involved?

We are always keen to hear from parents and carers who might want to get involved with our work and to help shape services and support for children and young people with additional needs and their families. Membership of TEAM is free and available to parents and carers of disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 years, living within the Wakefield District. You can take part in shaping services in lots of different ways including:

        • Completing questionnaires when you are asked to share your voice.
        • Attending consultation events.
        • Taking part in courses or information sessions that have an impact on children and young people with SEND and their families.
        • Attending meetings with the local authority and/or health services or Ofsted to represent parents and carers views and raise concerns.
        • Taking part in focus groups about particular topics.
        • Helping share information with other families where they may be affected by a change to a service or support available.
        • Representing TEAM at events held for families with children and young people with SEND.
        • Using your creative skills to help us produce materials to publicise what we do and what plans we have.
        • Helping us keep up to date with our social media and website.

You can find out more about specific things you can get involved in by downloading the flyer below.

Wakefield Parent / Carer Forum (TEAM) Flyer - December 2018

How to contact us

You can get in touch with us through our social media on Facebook, @Teamwakefieldparentforum. You can also email us at

Useful Documents and Links

You Said We Did - EHCP February 2020

Click on the link below to find out about TEAM.

TEAM attended the event on 4 April 2019 about How the NHS Long Term Plan can support better outcomes for Unpaid Carers.

For anyone who was not able to attend, there is a copy of the presentation used on the day available to download below.

How the NHS Long Term Plan can support better outcomes for Unpaid Carers - Presentation 4 April 2019

TEAM along with the local NHS hosted a Healthy Wakefield Fun Event on 22 August 2019 at Wakefield Trinity. The aim of the event was to help families find out about the range of health services available to them.

KIDS have compiled an evaluation report on feedback from attendees at the event on behalf of TEAM. You can read this by clicking on the link below.

Healthy Wakefield Fun Event - Evaluation Report

Parent / Carer Survey 2019 Report

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.

The results of the survey have now been summarised in a short report. They will be used in our discussions with Wakefield Council to help improve services.  You can download a copy of the survey below:

Wakefield Parent Carer Survey 2019 Report

Last reviewed: 10/02/2020