Category Archives: Children

Two prominent members of Calderdale Council have been recognised by the Queen in this year’s birthday honours list. The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, will become a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his contribution to local government and the regeneration of Halifax.  Stuart Smith, Calderdale’s Director… read more … about Double honours celebration for Calderdale>>

Calderdale Council is looking at the best way to support children looked after and care leavers. At the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 11 June, Members will discuss the revised Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy 2018-2021. This sets out how the Council intends to help its young people achieve their best…. read more … about Helping our young people achieve their best>>

Cllr Megan Swift

Calderdale Council’s ‘Sleep on it’ service is celebrating after receiving an outstanding rating from Ofsted. Sleep on it is a voluntary short stay service designed to support young people and their families who are worried about their relationships with each other breaking down. The service works with families who have been referred as part of… read more … about Short stay service receives top rating>>

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Every good parent wants the best for their children as they grow up and start making their own way in life, and every young person wants to be able to rely on this support.  For young people leaving the care of Calderdale Council, this is no different, and the Council has pledged to give more… read more … about Calderdale’s commitment to young people leaving care>>

Calderdale needs foster carers, and this Foster Care Fortnight the Council is stepping up its campaign to recruit more. Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network’s national campaign to raise awareness of fostering. In support of this, and the regional ‘You Can Foster’ campaign, members of Calderdale’s fostering team visited Brighouse Parkrun on Saturday 19 May… read more … about Fostering team in Parkrun takeover>>


Budding young writers in Calderdale have been taking part in a short story writing competition based on BBC Radio 2’s 500 words contest. Children from Calderdale schools have been writing their own short stories on any theme or subject, with entries split into two age categories, 5-9 and 10-13. Overall, over 80 entries were received… read more … about Young writers get creative with 500 words>>

Young bookworms in Calderdale have given the seal of approval to the new children’s library in Halifax, with book issue figures rocketing by 188% since the new library opened. The new Halifax Central Library and Archives opened to the public on Tuesday 5 September 2017. In the six months since opening, 28,111 children’s books have… read more … about Young readers show their love for new library>>

On Wednesday 7 March, professionals from over 35 different agencies joined together to celebrate the successes of Calderdale Council’s Positive Choices programme. It’s a year since the launch of Positive Choices, this innovative project was funded by the Department for Education after Calderdale won the funding through a competitive bidding process against 150 organisations in… read more … about A year of Positive Choices>>

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Plans to tackle poverty will be discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet at the next meeting on Monday 19 March 2018. The Cabinet will be asked to consider the impact of welfare reform and to approve the development of an anti-poverty action plan, which would have a particular focus on reducing child poverty in Calderdale. The… read more … about Taking action to end child poverty>>