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Children and Young People

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Welcome to our Children and Young People's Page

This page is  for children and young people. If you are a parent/carer or professional seeking support on behalf of a child or young person you may wish to look at the other pages too.

The leaflet tells you about The Wakefield Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

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The internet can be really helpful but should be used in a safe way. These sites might be helpful to learn how you can do this:

Internet Matters

Think You Know

Technology or tech might mean a mobile phone, a laptop , tablet, computer or piece of equipment.

This Poster shows you ways to help you use tech  to read, write and keep in touch with other people. 

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Keeping healthy and well can be difficult – especially for your mental wellbeing. These places may help:

Kooth  is an online counselling service for young people aged 11-19 to access. The service is free and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Mix is a website and support phone numbers for lots of different things that are important when you are aged under 25

Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything.
You can call Childline on 0800 1111

Papyrus can help if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide.

The Anna Freud website has a page to help you make choices about your mental health & wellbeing

A three-year programme to support young people with additional needs to build confidence, provide motivation and make plans for the future. Are you between age 16 and 25? Unsure what you will do after the COVID-19 pandemic?  Time to Talk Next Steps is free support for young people in England in this age group with additional needs. It is for young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future. You may be in school or in college or have finished all education and be unsure how to move forward.


Our menu further down this page has more support

Reasonable Adjustments

All people with disabilities, no matter how old they are, are protected from discrimination by a law called the Equality Act. This includes making sure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ are made so that people with disabilities can fully take part in things such as education and employment. For children with disabilities, schools must make reasonable adjustments to make sure that they are not discriminated against. This could include providing extra support and aids (like specialist teachers or equipment).

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If you think your school, college or the place where you work has not made changes and “reasonable adjustments” to support you we can help you to tell them you are not happy. Contact us at 

Here is a short video about asking for reasonable adjustments at hospital

You can find out more here



You might find it helpful to look at the Wakefield Local Offer to find out more about:

  • Things to do
  • Schools and colleges
  • Preparing for adulthood

You can also find out more on our Wakefield Local Offer page.

This leaflet tells you how we use anything you tell us about yourself.

The Wakefield Families Together website can help you find out more about the services and support available for you as a young person, as well as local groups and activities across the district.

Find out more at

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WF-I-Can is an online resource for children and young people in Wakefield to find information, advice, and self-help tips. Find out more by visiting the website at

Anna Harrison is an Inclusion Worker, she makes sure that everyone can have a say about our service. You can find about more about Anna and how to contact her by downloading this document.

Our factsheets tell you how to find the right help and support for lots of different things to do with your life. You can find them on our Factsheets page.

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Do you want to tell us about your wishes and feelings?

This may be if we are helping you or if you are waiting for help.

You do this by clicking on the form

All about me~Wishes & Feelings

Once you have filled it in, please email it to

If you would like help to fill it in, please find and click the “Leave a message” button and fill it in.

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Someone will then phone or email you

Advocates are people who help you work out what you want to say and how to say it. When decisions are being made about your future, an Advocate can make sure you are involved and listened to.

If Wakefield is your Local Authority and you are a child in care, have a Child Protection Plan or an Education Health and Care Plan you should be able to have an Advocate.

You can look at this leaflet to find out more information including how to get in touch with them. They also have a leaflet that tells you about Advocacy and Independent Visitors.

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You can also visit their Facebook page.

FLARE is a group of twelve 13-25 year-olds with SEND from around the country who advise, challenge and support the government on things that are important and affect disabled children and young people .

FLARE participants write blogs on issues that matter to them. You may like to look on the link to find out more


The Council for Disabled Children helps young people with additional needs or a disability to get help and support.

The Information, Advice & Support Services Network for SEND has advice and information about support services.

Citizens Advice can help tell you with your rights. Your rights are things that in law you should be able to have or that other people are not allowed to do

Young sibs give information and tips for young people who have a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition  

WFYOUTH (Wakefield Youth Work Team) run groups and activities for  young people. You can use the website to find out about  Youth Voice, to help make services better for children and young people


The WESAIL (Wakefield Early Support Advice Information & Liaison) service is there to help children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). To do this we need to:

  • Make sure that children and young people know about us
  • Make sure that we’re doing what children and young people need us to do to help them, and in ways that they work for them

Kid Squad is a group of fabulous young people with SEND who have agreed to help us with this!

The group meet every 2 months on Zoom with our Inclusion Worker, Anna Harrison.

At the meetings, there is a chance to chat with each other and have fun as well as to work on a project to help WESAIL or another service.

If you want to know more you can email Anna at or call her on 07738 119591.

Do you want to learn something new? Then try our online learning!

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You can do the sessions on your own or with other people.  You can do them at your own speed too - you might want to do them all in one go, or over a few days. It’s up to you!

The sessions are on PowerPoint. So, before you get started you might want to have a look at this Easy Read guide to using PowerPoint.

To start a session, look at the bottom of this page, choose a topic and click on the words The PowerPoint. Then, put PowerPoint in Slideshow mode (the Easy Read guide above tells you how) and you’re ready to start!High 5 Women

You might want to have a pen/pencil and some paper with you to write or draw your ideas when you do some of the activities.

When you have finished a session, there is an information sheet that you can look at to remind you what you have learnt.

Happy learning!

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Anxiety & Stress for Children and Young People

The PowerPoint

The handout-for after the session



Confidence & Self Esteem for Children and Young People

The PowerPoint

The handout -for after the session

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