If you are worried or have any concerns about a child please contact us as soon as possible.
- Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST)
(office hours only)
- 01422 393336
- By post:
For enquiries out of office hours
Please contact the Emergency Duty team, see: Emergency support (social care) .
You can also contact teams for help and support if:
- you need help with your child's behaviour;
- your child is having problems at school;
- you need some support as you are going through a difficult time;
- you need help following the arrival of a new baby;
- you have had a family crisis that you cannot cope with.
If you are working with children
The Early Intervention support teams can help you if you are working with children and have some concerns. They offer advice and training and bring agency partners together. This ensures children receive the right support, as early as possible. There is also a useful resource site for people working with children in Calderdale. It is for those supporting Early Intervention and the single assessment process.
To find out more about how this can help your work, contact the Early Intervention teams.
Are you a professional and concerned a child is being neglected, abused or not cared for properly? This leaflet can help you take the next step: Signatures of Risk leaflet [PDF file 180KB]|
Children's Social Care work with other agencies, such as the NHS and the police. This is to protect children from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They work in partnership with parents ensuring services / support is available for children in need and their families / carers.
A guide for all professionals working with children and young people has been produced. It is to help when a child or young person goes missing. It includes the possible reasons, contacts, and the process to follow, see: What to do when a child goes missing|.
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a major child protection issue. It involves people under 18 being encouraged, or forced, into a sexual relationship or situation by an adult.
This leaflet (available in four languages) will help both young people and all professionals who support them. It has contact details of various organisations if CSE is a concern.
- What is CSE? English version [PDF file 922KB]|
- What is CSE? Czech version [PDF file 397KB]|
- What is CSE? Polish version [PDF file 395KB]|
- What is CSE? Urdu version [PDF file 1155KB]|
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre| (CEOP), works UK-wide and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse.
The strategic and operational structure for CSE arrangements in Calderdale
Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board
The Child Protection and Review Team keeps the Child Protection Register on behalf of the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board| . For more information about the register or safeguarding and child protection in general, please visit the web site.
For a directory for professionals in schools, children's centres, school nurses, GPs and other agencies. It is aimed at those working with children and young people in Calderdale, between 5 and 19 years old:
ChildLine is the free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call: 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
Childnet International works with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)|
For the Child Protection line, phone: 0808 800 5000.