After you request a referral for SENDAISS or key worker support you would usually get a pack sent to you. These packs would contain personalised letters, data protection information and information about support services.
WESAIL has developed a resource pack for schools and colleges to use to raise awareness of the service amongst children and young people. This is particularly so that children and young people with SEND know what the service does and how it can help them. The pack contains lots of information that can be shared with children and young people, including:
Assembly PowerPoint presentations about the service
Group session plans, and resources, on Wellbeing related topics that children and young people with SEND have told us are important for them to learn about. They are:
Confidence and self esteem
Anxiety and stress
Managing angry feelings
The resource pack also contains information from WESAIL’s young people’s advisory group, Kid Squad, regarding what they want from schools and how they want to be supported. Here are their reasons as to why you should use the pack in your school or college:
It will help children and young people with SEND to know that it is OK to need extra support, and that they are not alone.
It will help other children and young people to understand about the support that children and young people with SEND may need in school or college.
It will help children and young people to understand what’s going on for them.
It will help children and young people to understand about the different resources out there.
WESAIL might be able to help the children and young people that you work with.
It might give you some information that you don’t already know.
It might help you to get to know a child or young person better.
It will help you to care for the children and young people that you work with.
The pack can be accessed by clicking on this link:
Wakefield Early Support Advice Information Liaison (WESAIL) is available to parents and carers of a child or a young person, who has, or may have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25 years who are living within the Wakefield District.
This service is also available to young people themselves and those working with families.
Wakefield Early Support, Advice,Information and Liaison (WESAIL) provides a free, confidential and impartial service - which means we do not take sides and try to ensure everyone is given opporunities to express their views and feel listened to.
WESAIL provide information, advice, support and signposting according to need by either by telephone or where needed on an individual or targeted basis. We share details of events on the Local Offer, our facebook page and provide information through the Information Network.
WESAIL offers information covering a range of matters relating to Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) including education, health, social care, personalisation, personal budgets along with benefits and leisure.
The aim of the WESAIL service is to support children, young people, their parents, carers and families by providing information to navigate systems and processes so that they can play an active role in decision making about matters relating to their or their children's health, education, social care to support and empower them in meeting their child's needs and promoting self-advocacy.
Referrals for support can be made by telephone or directly to the service by either
Parents or Carers
Someone working with the family where the parent/carer or young person has given consent
WESAIL is also responsible for updating the Local Offer and engaging with children, young people, families and stakeholders in its ongoing development and review. The aim of the local Offer is to help people easily find information about the services, activities and supportavailable in the local area for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities and their families.
Read our WESAIL Annual Report 2020-2021 to find out about what we have been doing, the support we have offered and the progress we have made over the past year.
Please find below our new “Distance Learning workshops”.
These have been designed to be used flexibly - either independently; virtually such as in a team meeting or as a *face to face workshop (*where social distancing rulings can be met).
The pack includes: PowerPoint presentation Supportive documents Pre & post evaluation forms
NB: The pack is a distanced learning package in that all you need for it is within the attachments. You are not required to book or partake in anything additional.
We have devised it to aid services to work remotely and for those that need the flexibility to train staff as/when they can rather than at pre-determined dates set by us. We have not listed timings to them as individuals may choose to do in bite sized chunks
Professionals can train at their own pace: individually with a member of your team acting as “host” to use the PowerPoint for a virtual workshop so staff can partake in the group work that is shown on the slides
Or for those that are able, you might deliver it yourselves in a group setting face to face. The choice is yours!
Please be sure to complete and return the evaluation forms as detailed in order that we can continually improve our resources.
An Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
The standards were drawn up by a group of IASS managers, parents, Local Authority representatives and the chair of the IASP board, in consultation with the Department for Education. They are based on the law, the SEND Code of Practice and the IASS Quality Standards (which they now supercede). The consultation process received feedback from IAS Services, LA staff, third sector organisations, health services and parents.
We use the term ‘advocacy’ in these standards, and we are using a definition of advocacy which we think accurately describes the work and role of IASS.
An easy read version of the standards is available to download below.
SOS!SEN, included on the SEND Information and Advice Providers document available below, also has a number of handounts available to download free of charge. They offer a helpline service during term time and have several mini guides available to buy from there website.
If you live outside the Wakefield District, you can find details of the SENDIASS service in your area by visiting the Information, Advice and Support Services website.