From September 2014 some of the laws and requirements for services supporting children and young people with SEND changed. One of the changes brought in by these reforms was every local area must have a Local Offer. If you want to find out more, see Chapter 4 in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.
The Local Offer sets out on in one place services and support available for children and young people, aged 0-25 years, with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) and their families from education, health and social care services.
It also includes appropriate charities, community and voluntary sector services where what they offer is specific to children and young people with additional needs or is able to meet their needs as well as those of other children and young people.
In the Wakefield area, a working group was set up to work out what the Local Offer website would look like and how it would be produced. This group was made up of Parents, the NHS, Wakefield Council, the Voluntary/Community Sector, Schools, Colleges, the Connexions Service and WESAIL and using the views of service users.
As part of making sure the Local Offer website still meets the needs of families across our area, we use feedback received through the website, engagement exercises, Listening events, You Said…. We Did…. etc. In November 2017 we asked people to tell us specifically what they thought about the website and how it worked. From this and previous feedback received, we improved the search and navigation on the website as well as some other minor changes.
If you know about a service or provider suitable for children and young people aged 0-25 years with SEND, or their families, not on the Wakefield Local Offer and you feel it should be, please send them this link Wakefield Local Offer Application Form and ask them to sign up. Every council’s Local Offer website is free for suitable services and providers to join and the more information we include about what the local area has to offer, the better the choice of services and support for families.
You can access the Local Offer websites for neighbouring local authorities here:
If you have problems finding information on the website or would like more help and support, you can contact the Wakefield Early Support, Advice and Information Liaison Service or WESAIL.
This service is provided on behalf of Wakefield Council by Barnardo’s and you can contact them directly by calling 01924 304152, email firstname.lastname@example.org or post at Barnardo's Wakefield Services, Room 249, Castleford Civic Centre, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, WF10 4JH.
You can find out more about WESAIL using the quick link on the Homepage or by typing WESAIL into the Search field at the top of any page.
Last reviewed: 26/10/2018