Written Statement of Action for Wakefield

Introduction to the Written Statement of Action for Wakefield

The local area of Wakefield was inspected by OFSTED and CQC from 12th to 16th of June 2017 to assess the effectiveness of the area in implementing the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) reforms, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014, and to be assured that the impact on outcomes is being achieved.


The Chief Inspector determined that NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are required to submit a Written Statement of Action (WSA) because of significant areas of weakness in the local area’s arrangements for completing specialist diagnostic assessments of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


The requirement to produce the WSA reflects significant concerns from the Inspection team and requires clear and direct action from NHS Wakefield CCG and our system partners, given the seriousness of this significant area of weakness, to make rapid and sustained improvement.


The  WSA for Wakefield, which was approved by regulators in December 2018, is Wakefield’s response to the concerns raised by the Inspection team in June 2017 and our actions to address this significant area of weakness.


Wakefield has also published the progress our District is making on completing the ASD WSA too, which can be found here. In September 2018, Wakefield system received a letter from Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families which can be found here.


In addition to this, the Wakefield system are working with partner agencies to engage with families, with ASD engagement events having taken place on 28th November 2018, 30th January 2019 and a further one is planned for the 27th March 2019, 12.30pm-2.30pm, at Brookhouse Working Mens Club Barnsley Road in Wakefield.


These events include Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Education and Inclusion service representatives from Wakefield Council, ASD pathway leads from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and local parent carer forum, KIDS, as well as other parent support groups such as KIDZAWARE.


Attendance at the events are open to the public, with feedback from families who attended the events published afterwards, as below:

  • November 2018 event notes can be found here
  • January 2019 event notes can be found here


In addition, the CCG captures what happened after this feedback was shared with partners and how that has impacted in changes to how ASD services are delivered locally. in a document called ‘You Said: We Did’ which will be published on this web page and on the Local Offer website.


Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service (WESAIL)

Is 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) and are aged 0-25 years and living within the Wakefield District


The service, jointly funded by Wakefield Council and NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, is also available to young people themselves and those working with families.


The service:


  • Provides a free, confidential and ‘impartial’ service – which means they do not take sides and try to ensure everyone is given opportunities to express their views and feel listened to
  • Offers 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
  • Provides 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
  • Is responsible for updating the Local Offer, engaging with children, young people, families and stakeholders in its ongoing development and review.



Find out more about WESAIL here.


In addition, WESAIL also offer a range of workshops for parents, which focus on topics such as sleep, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Download the 2019 workshop brochure here.


Parents can also visit the Wakefield Local Offer website for further information and access to other family activities and support.