We have created this page on the Local Offer to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.
We will also add any relevant updates from specific services as they become available.
For the latest information and guidance form the government see below you can also sign up here to be alerted to the latest updates –
For general information from Wakfield Council regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow this link:
We are gathering the feelings, experiences, thoughts and reflections of family members living with a relative who is shielding or following the same guidelines during Covid-19 lockdown and post lockdown. We want to make sure your views really do matter and your experiences are included in decision making and the mainstream. This work is supported by NHS England. Information below -
Government Announcement – Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
Parents & Carers
We realise after watching the Prime Minister’s recent announcements parents and carers will have lots of questions about the detail of what will happen next.
We know there will be questions about which children can now attend school if parents return to work, and what a wider return to school might school look like on 1 June. Details published below provide information to schools about how to prepare which should address a number of questions.
We know that many parents have questions around attendance and fines once schools begin to enter the phased aspect of re-opening. The Government has confirmed that parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools and colleges will not be held to account for attendance levels. Schools and colleges should continue to inform social workers where children with a social worker do not attend.
Letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families -
📌 Do you have a child between the ages of 0-19?
📣 If so there are a few changes that have been made to the 0-19 service which includes..
⭐The family nurse partnership program
⭐School ages (5-19) immunisations
❗Does not include any contact provided by your midwife
These changes are due to the C-19 pandemic and are inline with government recommendations see below for details -
Other useful updates -
In order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 many SEND support services are suspending face-to-face meetings and are instead asking people to phone or e-mail instead. We are doing this in Wakefield so going forward please use the email or phone line for WESAIL – WESAIL@barnardos.org.uk or 07961 897036 – if no one answer your call we suggest sending an email rather than leaving a voice message. You can also find lots of useful information, ideas and resources on our facebook page WESAIL Facebook
You can also find information and support on facebook at Wakefield Parent Carer Forum
Local Support -
Wakefield CAMHS has recently increased and expanded the offer of crisis support to children, young people and families.
The team now operate seven days a week delivering services between 9 am -8.00 p.m. every day. The REACH team will continue to operate between the hours of 9 am and 8.00 pm, seven days a week.
The team can be contacted through Single Point of Access (SPA) Wakefield on 01977 735865.
Community Hubs -
Community Hubs have been established to provide residents of Wakefield with the help they may need during COVID 19 and social isolation guidance.
The Community Hub offers guidance in relation to how to access help at this time, including help to access food parcels, and signposting to other relevant services
They have volunteers, a range of support to help vulnerable people and are working with the Council to support communities during this crisis.
Hubs can be contacted directly or support can be coordinated through the Council’s contact center on 0345 8 506 506 and selecting option 3.
Support for children and young people
The below site provides children and young people with information and places of support during and after the lockdown eases. Moving forward there will be a one to one chat option for children and young people to access which will assist them to access activities in the Wakefield District
Children and young people with SEND
Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources and that you may find useful for discussing coronavirus with children and young people with SEND.
National Autistic Society have guidance and a helpline for parents and young people.
Mencap have an easy read guide to explain the Coronavirus.
Place2Be have a guide to help parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing.
Young Minds have a blog post about talking to your child about Coronavirus and tips to support family wellbeing.
Carers UK have guidance for carers.
Covibook is an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under. It encourages children to explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.
Amaze have an information pack for parents.
Minister Ford's open letter to the SEND sector PDF.
Supporting Children and Families through unexpected times - COVID-19
Booklet from Education Psychology Advice for parents booklet.docx
Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources and you may find useful for those with complex needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are various sources of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found at this link here.
Also take a look at this FAQ for Disabled Children: FAQs - Covid-19 - Disabled Children Issue PDF.
Structure and routines
Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources and that you may find useful for structure and form daily routines.
Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources and you may find useful for Learning.
Children and young people with autism
Below are is some adivce and some Coronavirus support packs for parents with children and young people with autism.
Talking about coronavirus
Sensory and physical
Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources that you may find useful for sensory and phyiscal needs.
Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources that you may find useful for anxiety.