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Parents and Carers

What is SENDiass and what do we do?

  • SENDiass stands for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) information, advice and support service (IASS)

  • We provide advice, support & case work on a range of legalities under SEND code of practice

  • We follow the minimum standards for IASS

  • Provide advice to settings on reasonable adjustments

  • We are separate to the council

  • IASS Minimum Standards - Easy Read Version

Life can be challenging as a parent/carer and you might wish to meet or talk to other people in a similar situation.

Wakefield Parent Carer Forum (WPCF) is an independent parent carer forum who work with families of children with special educational needs and/or disability, aged 0-25 years old, living in the Wakefield area.

Download our WPCF leaflet

This is the local authority’s team that advises on exclusions from school.

Their Exclusion Helpline is 01924 307319 or email: Please ring them for impartial advice on anything to do with your child’s exclusion.

Wakefield Inclusion and SEND Support Service (WISENDSS) provide a team of Inclusion teachers with individual areas of specialisms.

They are committed to offering support and training at an individual or whole school level in the areas of Autism (ASD) ,Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Learning Support.

Please see their leaflet for further information


The Special Educational Needs Assessment & Review Team (AKA SENART)  has a number of functions including:

  • To implement and monitor statutory processes in regards to children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) via Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) across the 0 – 25 age range
  • To support schools in the implementation of statutory processes in relation to Special Educational Needs
  • To support the aims of the wider Inclusion service in regards to ensuring access to appropriate education provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs
  • Creating Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in partnership with others working with the child or young person across education, health and care (EHC)
  • SEN Casework Officers use information and advice from the child or young person, their parents and the practitioners and agencies working with them to undertake an EHC assessment and, in most cases, to write an EHC plan. They work towards creating SMART outcomes that enable the child or young person to make progress and, later on, to become well prepared for adulthood.
  • Act as the Local Authority Representative in Mediation, Dispute Resolution and SEND Tribunal appeals brought by parents or young people

You can contact them via phone or email:

01924 302465

Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Team

Normanton Town Hall

High Street



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  • Early Help Wakefield has lots of information on what is available in Wakefield.

  • Hungry Little Minds is a Government site that gives ideas and support for children under 5

  • Contact provides a section specifically for getting support in the Early Years


  • The National Autistic Society provides information on the use of Visual supports to aid communication


  • ICAN can provide ideas on developing speech, language and communication.



  • Ambitious About Autism gives lots of tips, ideas and support for children with or who may be showing indicators of Autism.



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Sensory stay and play groups

The sensory stay and play sessions are targeted at children aged 0-5 years who have an identified social or communication need. 

Referrals to the groups are completed by the Health Visitor or Nursery Nurses within the Wakefield 0-19 children’s services and families are invited to attend. 

You can find out more in our Health Visitor Sensory Group leaflet.



  • 50 Things To Do helps parent/carers develop their home learning environment, suggesting a wide range of low-cost and no-cost local activities. The 50 Things approach improves early language and literacy, motor skills and resilience. As a result children thrive cognitively, physically and emotionally, and will be more ready for primary school.
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Wakefield Families Together are a group of people and services who are working together to make it easier for you to find and access the support you need, at the earliest opportunity.

The Team Around Early Years (TAEY) brings together professionals from Wakefield Families Together who can support with worries and concerns around child’s development, speech language and communication, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and behaviour.

Team around Early Years (TAEY)

Families working with the TAEY team have access to support from:

  • Childcare providers (nurseries, pre-schools, childminders)
  • Early Years Children First Coordinator
  • Area Early Years Special Educational Need Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Health Visitors

To find out more about the TAEY visit the webpage here.

  • Bookstart gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources and activities, and much more
  • Adaptations service

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Wakefield Families Together are a group of people and services who are working together to make it easier for you to find and access the support you need, at the earliest opportunity.

The Team Around the School (TAS) brings together professionals from Wakefield Families Together who can support with concerns on behaviour, school attendance, or emotional health and wellbeing.

Families working with the TAS team have access to support from:

  • Schools Lead
  • Education Improvement Teacher (Secondary Schools)
  • Inclusion & SEND Advisory Teacher (Primary Schools)
  • Children First Coordinator and Children First Link Worker
  • Future in Mind partnership
    • Primary Intervention Practitioners (CAMHS)
    • Kooth
    • Community Navigators (Young Lives)
  • 0 – 19 Health Service (including School Nursing)

To find out more about the TAS visit the webpage here.


A reasonable adjustment is a positive step that an Early Years , education setting or place of work carries out to be inclusive for individuals with a disability or SEN and to "prevent them being put at substantial disadvantage" (Equality Act 2010).

Examples of Reasonable adjustments:

Early Years

  • Using visual timetables of the daily routine
  • Creating photos within the learning environment & picture booklets e.g. washing hands; flushing the toilet
  • Providing soft , easy grip cutlery for a child with Cerebral Palsy


  • A child with anxiety having a teddy comforter or fidget toy with them when required in class
  • Creating a sanctuary or release room for children with behavioural difficulties
  • Using a variety of competitive elements in PE classes that don’t include racing on foot (e.g. wiggling like a worm; rolling a ball sat down)


  • Having a reasonable adjustments section in dress code policy
  • Providing extra time to complete exams or a test for a child with Dyslexia
  • Creating a relaxing, private space for a child with Cystic Fibrosis to have physiotherapy


  • Giving more than one locker across the site for an individual with muscular dystrophy
  • Create “Easy read” versions of assignments and policies
  • Provide quieter spaces for eating as well as a canteen


  • Adjusting a timetable for a learner undergoing chemotherapy
  • Providing a hearing loop in recreation room
  • Creating “Welcome” videos of the campus showing accessibility

Work place

  • Providing a scribe or dictaphone for a staff member with arthritis
  • Having chat facility available as part of conference calls for those who may have dysfluency
  • A manager being aware of staff members preferences over hand shaking when meeting new customers

This is a newsletter article that the Local Offer produced on Reasonable Adjustments that you may find useful.

The Council for Disabled Children offers a free eLearning course helping you to get the best outcomes from an Education Health & Care Plan. 

This web page provides information on reasonable adjustments in further and higher education:

You can find out about disability discrimination here:

IPSEA~What is disability discrimination?

Citizens advice~Disability discrimination in schools

Who are DIAL Wakefield –Disability Information & Advice Line?

  • We provide a free, comprehensive, confidential, independent advice and information service to disabled people, their carers, families, friends and other professionals.
  • We help people to make informed choices and take control of their well-being.
  • Our service is provided by people who have personal experience of disability and/or caring roles. They have the skills and expert knowledge to advise on a range of disability issues.

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You can find out more on the DIAL website

  • Information on Disability Living Allowance is available on this Government webpage
  • Tips on completing the DLA form are available  on the Contact website

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You can find more Nationwide support websites

Please also see our Professionals section 

  • Just for Kids Law can help with support and advice regarding exclusions. The website contains accessible information, support, advice and guidance regarding the process and practice of school exclusions and how to challenge them.

  • ACE Education provides information, advice and support on a range of topics including exclusions, attendance and disability discrimination. 

  • SEN SOS offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

  • Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.



  • Collis Mediation Ltd is a service that can provide information and support regarding SEND Mediation. 


  • Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have created a number of free factsheets & template letters to help families relating to SEND law and rights
  • Cerebra is the national charity helping children with brain conditions and their families discover a better life together



  • The Downs Syndrome Association provides information, support and advice on any question or concern you have related to Down’s syndrome.  They have specialist advisers who can provide you with information and support on issues such as health, social care, benefits and education for people with Down’s syndrome


  • The Options Autism Clinical Team have created a series of help sheets offering advice and guidance for parents and carers who look after children, young people and adults with autism. 


  •  If you are concerned about your child stammering (also known as Dysfluency) you can find support below

Stammering ~ Support for parent/carers

CAMHS - Child and adolescent mental health service

In Wakefield you can seek support and guidance via the SPA-Single point of access line operating Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wakefield CAMHS SPA team: 01977 735865

Turning Point is a Wakefield service providing support for anyone aged over 16 years old experiencing mental health concerns including stress, anxiety or low mood

Place 2 be aims to support children's mental health. They provide support in settings & you can also find information on how you can support your children's mental health

Mind provides help and support for your own mental health or for supporting someone else


Relationship Matters is a support page for people who parent either together or separately and find it challenging

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. They provide a point of contact for patients, their families and their carers.

Every Mind Matters is an NHS initiative and the website provides a range of support on wellbeing, mental health & how to get support.

The NHS also provides these Mental wellbeing audio guides

Anxiety UK can help those who may be experiencing Anxiety, stress and Anxiety based depression

Rethink provides support for those impacted by mental illness and those that support them.

This link on the Anna Freud website gives support on self care for parents & carers     

The Better Lives, Healthy futures website is provided by the NHS and can help with a wide range of topics relating to health, wellbeing and parenting

You can find out more on our Children & Young People's page

There is a wide range of support on information relating to SEND on the Wakefield Local offer. Find out more information on our Local Offer page.

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Due to the global pandemic we are currently unable to offer face to face workshops but are working on more virtual packages at present which we will make available in due course.

Please see distance Learning packages drop down menu

Please find below our new “Distance Learning workshops”. These have been designed to be used flexibly - either independently; virtually such as with friends or as a *face to face catch-up such as a coffee morning with others (*where social distancing rulings can be met). The pack includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation *Please use slideshow mode to enable all functions*
  • Supportive documents
  • Pre & post evaluation forms

You may wish to view our Easy Read guide to using PowerPoint

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 individuals to work remotely and for those that need the flexibility to learn 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

Individuals can train at their own pace:

  • on their own
  • with a friend or family member  acting as “host” to use the PowerPoint for a virtual catch-up & learning session so you 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.

Happy work-shopping! 

An Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

The PowerPoint

Supporting documents

Pre & Post Evaluation Forms

The Home Learning Environment for Early Years & beyond ~Play, Communication & independence

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Guiding choices



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Pre & Post Evaluations

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We have added our current terms of reference for the Steering Board for you to view.

Looking for a new challenge?

Wakefield SENDIASS  Steering board are increasing their membership!

Would you like to be part of a group to help shape and change the offer for children/young people with SEND and those around them in Wakefield?


Do you have ideas for what you would like to see?

Then this may be the opportunity for you!

Meetings for the SENDIASS steering group are held 3-4 times per year in office hours either face to face at Castleford Civic Centre or virtually using Zoom.

Keen to increase your skills of chairing a group?

We are also accepting applications for role of chair which changes each year. This is the chance to provide support and challenge to the service as well as leading the group.

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To find out more please see the documents below 

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All requests and/or applications should be sent as per instructions in the above documents.

Please note Wakefield SENDIASS is part of the Barnardo’s WESAIL contractWESAIL Logo

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