Who are we for
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.
The contract is currently held by Family Action. Find out more by visiting www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/wesail/.
What do we do
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 opportunities to express their views and feel listened to.
WESAIL provide information, advice, support and signposting according to need either by telephone or where needed on an individual or targeted basis. We share details of events on the Local Offer, and 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 WESAIL service aims 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
- Young People
- 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 Local Offer aims to help people easily find information about the services, activities and support available 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.
Read, download and print our WESAIL 2023 leaflet to find out more.
When are we available
You can contact us directly Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm by telephone or email.
Please note we do not offer appointments at our stated office address.
If you have used our service we would really like to know your thoughts! Please help us by filling in our WESAIL Initial Enquiry survey.
You can tell us what we are doing well. You can also tell us what else we can do to improve. This is called feedback and it will really help our service. Thank you!