New Calderdale Opens Minds website for children & young people

Calderdale Open Minds Website for Children and Young People

Calderdale’s multi- agency  emotional health and wellbeing taskforce are delighted to announce that a new website for children and young people is now available. The website is intended to provide advice, information, support and signposting to young people about emotional health and wellbeing and has been developed after extensive input and consultation with young people, as well as a range of professionals.

For more information please contact

Safeguarding Week 2017 – 9 to 15 October – Get involved!

Safeguarding Week 9th to 15th October 2017

This year we are pleased to be holding Safeguarding Week at the same time as our colleagues across West Yorkshire. safeguarding-week

Working with partners in Adult and Children Services, we are able to bring you a variety of events throughout the week starting with a launch event at the Shay Stadium on Monday 9th October.

Please see the Safeguarding Week Booklet 2017 for details of events, contacts, times, locations and booking arrangements.

Last minute changes to the programme will be reflected below.

Free Modern Day Slavery & Human Trafficking training for anyone working in Calderdale


There is no typical victim of slavery – victims can be men, women and children of all ages and cut across the population. But it is normally more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable, minority or socially excluded groups Modern slavery has been getting increasingly more attention both from the mainstream media and the government, which culminated with passing the Modern Slavery Act in 2015.

Types of modern day slavery include:


Human Trafficking could be taking place in Calderdale and you could help to tackle it.We have commissioned Hope For Justice to run free training sessions for people working in Calderdale, typically those who work on the frontline and with the public.

Reminder About the Anti-Social Use of Fireworks in Halifax

Halifax Central Initiative with Police and partners in Halifax are reminding communities about the anti-social use of fireworks.

Fireworks are traditionally used to celebrate all manner of festivals throughout the year, but can also be abused by people using them in an anti-social way such as setting them off outside of designated times.

Fireworks can be released at any time throughout the year, however must not be used between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

Exceptions include Bonfire Night (when fireworks can be released until midnight) and New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year (when they can be released until 1am).

It is also an offence to throw or set off fireworks in any highway, street, public space or within 50 feet of the centre of a road.

Sergeant Anna Hall, of the Halifax Neighborhood Policing Team, said: “Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate all kinds of celebrations including anniversaries and weddings and we know many people enjoy seeing them. Many people often don’t realise the wider impact of their fireworks on their neighbours or the wider community and we are just reminding people of their obligation to abide by the law.

“The majority of people use fireworks responsibly and within the limitations of the law, and we want to inform and educate people so that they can be enjoyed during celebrations without disrupting those not involved.

“We don’t want to be kill-joys, we just want everyone to enjoy their celebrations with some sensitivity and awareness for others.

“We are working closely with all our partners to not only remind people of their obligations, but also to visit licensed retailers to check their practices when selling and distributing fireworks.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said: “Many people enjoy watching fireworks, but it’s important to remember that there are restrictions on the times they can be set off and rules about where they can be used.

“These rules are in place to ensure that the use of fireworks is enjoyable and doesn’t disrupt the local community. Even if you’re using fireworks before the 11pm curfew, it’s sensible to let neighbours know you’ll be setting off fireworks, especially if they have young children or pets.

“The noise from fireworks can be upsetting and the Council’s Environmental Health team can get involved if this becomes a problem.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “As we frequently remind the public, fireworks can be lethal if used without care.

“We support our partners in asking for people to use fireworks responsibly, and would add a plea to use them safely and in accordance with the Firework code.”

Anyone with any information about inappropriate or anti-social use of fireworks can contact the local neighborhood policing team via 101.