Wakefield Early Support Advice Information Liaison Service (WeSail) including SENDIAS Service

Wakefield Council and NHS Wakefield have commissioned KIDS, the disabled children’s charity to deliver a service to support families living within the Wakefield district that are caring for a child or a young person with special educational needs and or disabilities aged 0 to 25 years old.

KIDS provide the Wakefield’s Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service (WeSail) which offers a one stop shop for advice, support and signposting.

WeSail includes Wakefield’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) this service used to be called the Parent Partnership Service. The role of a SENDIAS service is to provide access to free, accurate and impartial information, advice and support about matters relating to special educational needs and or disability including issues related to health, education, social care and around personalisation & personal budgets.

WeSail also manages the Information Network, this is for families of disabled children and provides the Local Authority with a register of disabled children in its area. Members of the Information Network receive the News and Views Newsletter quarterly and other relevant information.

The WeSail service can also offer targeted support from a team comprised of staff from other agencies, including Family Services, Connexions and NHS Wakefield. This multi agency team contribute to the advice and information offered by WeSail and can also offer specific short term support.

Download the full poster here

Download the information leaflet about this service here

How does the service work?

Commissioned by Wakefield Council and NHS Wakefield, the Wakefield’s Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service (WeSail) offers a one stop shop for advice, support and signposting including Wakefield’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support (SENDIAS) Service (formally known as the Parent Partnership Service).

The role of a SENDIAS service is to provide access to free, accurate and impartial information, advice and support about matters relating to special educational needs and or disability including issues related to health, education, social care and around personalisation and personal budgets.

WeSail also manages the Information Network, this is for families of disabled children and provides the Local Authority with a register of disabled children in its area. Members of the Information Network receive the News and Views Newsletter quarterly and other relevant information.

The WeSail service can also offer targeted support from a team comprised of staff from other agencies, including Family Services, Connexions and NHS Wakefield. This multi agency team contribute to the advice and information offered by WeSail and can also offer specific short term support.

The Designated Keyworker Service offers a single point of contact to families accessing more than one service or with multiple medical appointments. A Keyworker's main job is to work with other agencies (health, education, social care and the voluntary sector) to provide advice, information, emotional and practical support to families.

The WeSail service supports the Parent Carer Forum in Wakefield which is called TEAM. The role of the forum is to promote the voice of parents in participation with Local Authorities and Health in reviewing, planning and decision making processes.   

Click here to view the WeSail Leaflet

Click here to view the Wakefield Information Network Leaflet

Click here to download and fill out the Information Network application form

Click here to view our Keyworker Service Leaflet

Who can access the service?

The WeSail service is to support families and young people living within the Wakefield district that are caring for a child or a young person, aged 0 to 25 years old, with special educational needs or a disability .

The Designated Keyworker service can be offered at any stage, for example during pregnancy where a specific problem has been identified, at birth, pre- school or at any time up to the child’s 18th birthday. The service is also available to young people with disabilities from the age of 16 up to their 18th birthday which might be especially helpful during preparation for adulthood.

The WeSail service aims to support families and young people living within the Wakefield district that are caring for a child or a young person with special educational needs and or disabilities aged 0 to 25 years old. 

The WeSail service which offers a ‘one stop shop’ for advice, support and signposting.

The Designated Keyworker can be offered at any stage, for example during pregnancy where a specific problem has been identified, at birth, pre school or at any time up to the child’s 18th birthday. The service is also available to young people with disabilities from the age of 16 up to their 18th birthday which might be especially helpful during preparation for adulthood.


How much does it cost?The services are free for families and young people living within the Wakefield district.

When is it available?

Day Times
Monday 09.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 09.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00
Thursday 09.00 - 17.00
Friday 09.00 - 17.00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


How to access the service

Referrals for support through the SENDIASS or Designated Keyworker Service can be made by directly by parents to the service by a telephone call or can be made by someone working with the family where the parent or young person has given consent.

The Designated Keyworker service is available where a child has more complex needs which require support from two or more specialist agencies. 


Contact us

Telephone: 01924 379015

WeSail e-mail: wesail@kids.org.uk

SENDIASS e-mail: SENDIASSWakefield@kids.org.uk

Office
KIDS Wakefield, Office Suite 7, Bizspace Business Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7AZ

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