Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service (WESAIL)
Who we are
We are a service 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.
We are jointly funded by Wakefield Council and Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group
What we do
Provide 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.
Offer information, advice, support and signposting according to need. This is provided by telephone or where appropriate on an individual or targeted basis, along with group based support through events and workshops
Provide information, advice and support on a wide range of information relating to Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) including education, health, social care, along with signposting to other agencies who can help.
Responsible for updating the Local Offer, engaging with children, young people, families and stakeholders in its ongoing development and review.
Who can access the service?
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.
How much does it cost?
The services are free for families and young people living within the Wakefield district.
When is it available?
Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00 by phone or email – please note we do not hold meetings at our stated office. We will endeavor to get back to you within 72 hours of leaving a message.
How to access the service
Referrals for support can be made:
directly by parents to the service by telephone call or email.
by someone working with the family where the parent or young person has given consent.
On Eventbrite you can book your place onto one of our Parent Training Workshops. To find your nearest one, type in "wesail" into the search bar. Once you have registered, you'll receive a confirmation email, and a reminder closer to the date. Find out more via our workshop brochure.
We have produced several factsheets on a range of topics to support parents:
Barnardo’s respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data and being transparent about how we collect and use your data. We will comply with any data protection legislation currently in force. Here is our Privacy Notice.
We take it very seriously if you are not happy with the service we provide. We want you to tell us your concerns so we can put things right when we need to. If you need to complain, we have a Complaints Procedure.