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All about Wiki websites and how they help families and young people with SEND...

What is a wiki website?

Wiki websites help young people and their families to show their interests and hopes for the future to others that are involved with the family. They are able to hold important and helpful information on a young person that helpfully explains any practical support and communication support they need.

They can be used to create person-centred plans using pictures, words, video and sound to capture a person’s “voice”, wishes, needs and strengths.  

Wikis are bespoke accessible, simple, secure, visual easy to build websites that can be about an individual person or a service.

Wiki’s are secure, individual websites that can hold information in one place and can be accessed from anywhere that has internet connection. The website has an ‘owner’ - usually the Young Person and or family - who can invite professionals to see some or all of the information on the Wiki website. This helps young people and their families to choose and manage what to share on the Wiki and who to share it with.

Watch this video that explains more…


What is a Wiki? RIX Animation from Rix Research and Media on Vimeo.

Families or Young People themselves can use their Wiki as a multi- media advocacy tool to record and share real life examples that help tell the young persons “story”

Wikis help families or young people have more influence over the Education Health and Care Planning process and make sure that the things that are important to them are explained as they would want them to be to others e.g. school staff or support services.

A Wiki website can offer genuine collaboration between parents, teachers and professionals. 

Wiki example / Pathfinder case study

In some of the Education, Health and Care Plan ‘Pathfinders’ boroughs parents were supported to develop individual Wiki websites specifically for their daughter/son.

These Wiki websites make sure: 

  • information is provided in a visual way that is more appropriate for some children and young people who process information differently
  • enables families to use this to support the "tell it once" approach
  • that person centred approaches are embedded
  • can lead to agreed information being shared and accessed in one place

Shane’s Wiki...

Who to contact if you are interested in having a Wiki...

Applying for a wiki for the first time...

If you are a parent/carer or a professional and would like more information on how to get a Wiki please contact  RIX Research & Media

e-mail: rixadmin@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 7561

Information for people who have a wiki through the pilot project 2015 - 2018...

In 2015 Hackney Learning Trust secured a successful bid for to set up individual Wiki websites for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).

We initially had two years of free RIX Wikis provided by the Hackney Learning Trust for any child or young person with SEND in Hackney. Our research partners on this project, and the providers of the Wikis, RIX Research & Media then extended the provision of free Wikis in Hackney for an extra year at their own expense.

Over 700 children and young people have benefitted from this great project.

Hackney Learning Trust’s funding for the initial pilot projects has now finished, and we are entering a new phase for RIX Wikis in the Borough. This will mean that, unless you choose and take active measures to continue, the individual Wikis provided by the Project will no longer be hosted and supplied by RIX after the end of August 2018.

This will mean that, unless you choose and take active measures to continue, the individual Wikis provided by the Project will no longer be hosted and supplied by RIX after the end of August 2018. 

What to do now

Option 1:

If you don’t want to continue your wiki, and you don’t want it saved, do nothing. Your wiki will be deleted.

Option 2:

If you don’t want to continue your wiki(s), but would like it saved, please contact RIX Research & Media by September 30th 2018.

e-mail: rixadmin@uel.ac.uk 

Phone: 020 8223 7561

Option 3:

If you do want to continue with your wiki, and would like to arrange to pay for this, please contact  RIX Research & Media by September 30th 2018.

e-mail: rixadmin@uel.ac.uk 

Phone: 020 8223 7561

Information has been sent to schools and families. This includes details of ongoing costs and price reduction for those who took part in the initial project. 

Find out more: Important update for Hackney RIX Wiki user July 2018

Get Wiki’d- Growing up with a Disability in Hackney

A group of young people from Hackney with a disability have created this wiki website to share their knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by young people with others in the community. 

Click on the image below to access the Wiki'D page

Wiki’d wiki front page

This was created with young people during a multidisciplinary project run by the children's NHS teams in Hackney.

Inclusion and Specialist Support Team wiki

Educational Psychology Service wiki

Education Health and Care Planning Team wiki

Other useful information…

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