Directorates and service areas

Children and Young People's Services

There are three service areas within Children and Young People's Services:

The structure chart shows the sections within each service area: Children and Young People's structure chart [PDF file 62KB]|PDF file.

The infographic shows some of the work done by Children and Young People's directorate:  Children and Young People: infographics [PDF file 148KB]|PDF file

Commissioning and Partnership

This service area provides a range of support services under Business Improvement and Commissioning and Partnership. The area of business improvement provides a range of front-line and support services to customers including parents, children, young people and schools.

Commissioning and Partnership Services are responsible for co-ordinating and administering the Children and Young People’s Partnership Executive and the Children and Young People’s Commissioning Group including responsibility for the partnership children and young people’s plan and commissioning plan.

This service is responsible for a wide range of commissioning including voluntary and community sector contracts, short break service for disabled children, and the commissioning of placements for looked after children and children with special educational needs. 

This area also has responsibility for the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board and the Independent Reviewing Officers providing reviews for looked after children and the child protection conferencing service.

This area is responsible for managing the involvement and participation of children and young people.

Head of Service Judith Wyllie

Service Manager - Strategic Commissioning for Children, Young People and Families Julie Killey

Service Manager - Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Laura Knights

Service Manager - Complex Needs Linda Parrish

Service Manager - Commissioning & Partnerships Lisa Handley

Early Intervention and Safeguarding

Early Intervention and Safeguarding is responsible for assessing and meeting the needs of children in need, looked after children and care leavers, and children subject to a Child Protection Plan. A range of family support services is provided:

The service can provide support to families and more specialist help when it is needed to enable children to be brought up and cared for within their own families.

Head of Service Julie Jenkins

Service Manager - Locality Teams Sean Walsh

Service Manager - Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST), Children's Assessment Team (CAT), Child Sexual Exploitation Team (CSE), Emergency Duty Team (EDT) Jamiila Sims

Service Manager - Children Looked After Anne Tully

Service Manager - Early Intervention (North and East Halifax), Youth Service and Voice Carol Stone

Service Manager - Early Intervention (Upper Valley) and Youth Offending Jeff Rafter

Service Manager - Early Intervention (Lower Valley) and School Links Parveen Akhtar

Service Manager - Early Intervention (Central Halifax) and Family Support Steve Woodhead

Principle Social Worker Bernadette Johansen


Learning is responsible for monitoring, supporting and challenging schools to improve attainment and the quality of provision for children and young people aged 3 to 19. There are over 18,500 primary and 15,500 secondary pupils being educated in Calderdale schools. The service also has the responsibility to intervene in schools when necessary. The service carefully targets resources provided towards those schools needing the most support to secure improvement in teaching and learning and the attainment and achievement of pupils. Learning Services are also responsible for the Music Service.

Head of Service Jackie Nellis

Senior School Effectiveness Officer Janet Gabanski

Service Manager - Business Support Mark Woolley

Head of Virtual School, Children Looked After and Vulnerable Children Sue Steven

Service Manager - Early Years, Childcare and Learning Michelle Attmere

Last Updated: 05/08/2016