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Back to Wakefield SENDIASS


*Please also see the "Parents and Carers" section and the "Useful links" section on the home page for more support including "Distance Learning Packages" *


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

  • We provide advice, support & case work on a manner 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
  • 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.

WESAIL Support Pyramid Diagram

The new Minimum Standards for Information Advice and Support Services (IASS, sometimes known as SENDIASS) were finalised in September 2018. These are part of the Information Advice and Support Programme (IASP) and will be the basis of future operational plans and linked funding in 2019/20.

The standards were drawn up by a group of IASS managers, parents, Local Authority representatives and the chair of the IASP board, in consultation with the Department for Education. They are based on the law, the SEND Code of Practice and the IASS Quality Standards (which they now supercede). An easy read version of the standards is available to download below.

IASS Minimum Standards - Easy Read Version

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 Government provides information on providing employees with reasonable adjustments

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

*Please also see the "Parents and Carers" section and you can find Nationwide links

Wakefield Educational Psychologist Service (EPS) have developed a guidance document for schools/settings and practitioners regarding Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) . If anyone has any questions about the materials, please get in touch as follows:

Professionals -please email or ring 01924 307403.

If you are a Parent/carer viewing this page, please speak to your child's school/setting or get in contact with the professional who is supporting your family.


The Council for Disabled Children provides information on support on wide range of topics.

One section is on delivering quality annual reviews 

They also have training relating to Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP)

The CDC have provided online training specifically for those providing health advice 

Coram Children's Legal Centre is a useful website promoting children's rights.

The Autism Education Trust have designed a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities. The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people. 

United Response is a charity that supports people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, at home and in the community.

The Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium is a partnership between Mott MacDonald, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), with Mott MacDonald as the lead contractor. The consortium will provide a range of services to support Local Authorities and their partners with implementation of the SEND Reforms

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) is a charitable membership organisation that supports all education practitioners by providing relevant Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL), resources, advice, information and much more to enable staff to meet the needs of all pupils including pupils with learning differences

Contact may be helpful for support as a professional & information on training available.

Equality Human Rights provides a range of information on disability as a protected characteristic including supporting service users and employees

The Children's Bowel & Bladder charity provide a guide for professionals on managing continence for children and young people in settings

The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists have developed a free e-learning course designed to support those working with children and young people with mental health needs. The tool aims to improve understanding of children and young people who have both mental health needs (or social emotional and mental health needs – SEMH) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership provides Top tips  intended to support colleagues from the frontline workforce who are new to working with a pupil with sensory impairment 

There are a number of national sites that you may wish to look at, which you can find on our useful links page.

We use signposting sheets for 3 key areas that you may need support with for ASD, ADHD & Anxiety. You can download these here and follow the support links on each document:

You might also find our factsheets useful.

You can find more support and information including support in the Early Years in our other sections such as the Parents and Carers page.

Please find below our new “Distance Learning workshops”. These have been designed to be used flexibly - either independently; virtually such as in a team meeting or as a *face to face workshop (*where social distancing rulings can be met). The pack includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • 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 services to work remotely and for those that need the flexibility to train staff 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

Professionals can train at their own pace:

  • individually
  • with a member of your team acting as “host” to use the PowerPoint for a virtual workshop so staff 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):

PowerPoint presentation

Pre & post evaluation forms

Zip file of supporting documents


To make it easier for children and families to find and access support, the Local Authority have joined up services and linked staff together from different areas to make up Wakefield Families Together.

So if there’s an issue or concern affecting a child, young person, or family member, there should only need to be one conversation and we can direct to the right support, or decide together on a plan to put in place to improve the situation.

To find out more about Wakefield Families Together and the people, places, and services on hand visit the website at

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

Members of the group help shape and change the offer for children/young people with SEND and those around them in Wakefield.


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.

The steering board professional membership recruitment has ended for 2021 however we are always keen to add new professional members . Please email us if you are interested in becoming a professional member.

We also change the chair each year. This is the chance to provide support and challenge to the service as well as leading the group.

Thinking male with glassesApplications for Chair are now closed. Please follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear about the opening of the application window in 2022.

In the meantime you can find out more please see the documents below 

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


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

If Wakefield is your Local Authority and you are working with a child in care, a child who has a Child Protection Plan or an Education Health and Care Plan they 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.

This is a Social Story for their service and they also have a One Page Profile

This is their referral pathway

You can also visit their Facebook page.


The NHS have produced a Guide for Education Settings that relates to Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Needs which have arisen from COVID-19.

Barnardo's BOLOH

Barnardo's have provided a helpline that you can direct families to:

Are you a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic child, young person, parent or carer, affected by the pandemic?

You can speak to us about your worries, problems and stresses, and we can provide emotional support, practical advice and connect you to other organisations who can provide further help.

Boloh - the Black and Asian family Covid-19 Helpline | BAME Helpline (

Barnardo's Education Community  provides access to online trauma informed resources with a focus on loss, grief and bereavement to support the children and young people across your settings.

It is important that you take care of yourself during these challenging times so we have included a section of resources to support staff wellbeing.

The Education Community team will be developing training to support the use of our resources across your settings and sign up to our communities of practice will enable you to connect with education staff nationwide and participate in themed discussions, sharing learning and best practice.

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