Category Archives: Children

Work to rebuild a fire-damaged Calderdale school is now complete, with a new and improved building ready to welcome pupils. On 1 February 2022, an arson attack at Ash Green Community Primary in Mixenden, near Halifax caused a huge fire, destroying four classrooms and other areas in the upper site of the school. The damage… read more … about Fantastic new learning facility rises from the ashes>>

Staff and pupils celebrate the opening of Ash Green School's new building

The school summer holidays are just around the corner and young people in Calderdale can take part in exciting activities, enjoy nutritious meals and meet new friends in a safe environment, as part of the Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme. Calderdale Council, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, has been working with local providers… read more … about Experience a Healthy Holiday this summer>>

Young person enjoying a painting activity as part of the Healthy Holidays programme

A week-long programme of events will highlight that safeguarding vulnerable children and adults is everyone’s business. Calderdale Safeguarding Partnership is joining partnerships across West Yorkshire to host activities and events as part of Safeguarding Week (Monday 24- Friday 28 June), an annual campaign to raise awareness of the support available to protect vulnerable children and… read more … about Events programme highlights that safeguarding is everyone’s business>>

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Events are taking place across Calderdale this national Refugee Week(external link) (17-23 June 2024), with organisations coming together as part of the Year of Culture, to celebrate kindness and inclusion. Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events, Refugee Week celebrates the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking asylum. This… read more … about Celebrating kindness and inclusion this Refugee Week>>

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Local playgrounds are an important part of family life for many people – from having a family trip out or spending time with friends, to exercising or watching wildlife. Now Calderdale Council is giving people the chance to shape improvements to play areas across the borough. People who visit Calderdale’s play areas – whether that’s… read more … about Have your say to shape local play>>

Children and young people who are supported by Calderdale Council feel safe and genuinely cared for, and have opportunities to thrive, become independent and achieve their ambitions. This is just some of the praise Ofsted gave the Council in its inspection of Children and Young People’s Services in February 2024. Inspectors rated the Council ‘good’… read more … about Children in Calderdale are safe and cared for, says Ofsted report>>

Members of the Council's children and young people's service with Cabinet Member Cllr Adam Wilkinson and the Chief Executive, Robin Tuddenham

Calderdale families will soon have access to more services close to home to help give babies, children and young people the best start in life. Calderdale Council is continuing the rollout of Family Hubs across the borough. The Central Halifax Family Hub network launched at Jubilee in September 2023. The remaining networks will launch throughout… read more … about Supporting families at the heart of the community>>

Calderdale Council is proposing updates to its policy on free travel between home and school for eligible children and young people. The Council offers free home to school transport as part of its legal duty and its priority to reduce inequalities, supporting families who need it most. Some children and young people need extra help… read more … about Help with home to school transport>>

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Options to increase capacity for specialist education provision in Calderdale are being discussed at the meeting of Calderdale’s Cabinet on Monday 11 March 2024. The shortage of specialist school placements is a national issue and one which is reflected locally. The number of children in Calderdale requiring an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) has… read more … about Increasing support for children with special education>>

Cllr Adam Wilkinson