Leaving care - Information and support for our young people leaving care

Your service

Prospects Services, Calderdale's Pathway team, works with young people from Calderdale aged 16 and over who are looked after. Also those that have left care up to the age of 21. We continue to work with young people up to age 25, if they are in further or higher education.

Our corporate parent and grandparent pledge to you: Care Leavers pledge .

What does corporate parenting and grand parenting mean for Calderdale’s children and young people? A message from Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council: Robin’s message .

If you are leaving care we will provide different services, information and support including advice to help you make the right choices and decisions through your transition to adulthood. A Pathway Advisor will work with you to write a pathway plan, which will look at things like accommodation, budgeting, health and education, training and employment.

Your service is based at Customer First, 19 Horton Street, Halifax HX1 1QE

You can call us on Telephone 01422 394099 and find us on Facebook: Calderdale Pathway Service

Your upcoming events

21st December 2017 – the Pathways big Christmas Dinner. Please contact Kayla for more details or to book your place by emailKayla.Hughes@calderdale.gov.ukor telephone 01422 394099.

Your guide to leaving care

Take a look at your guide to leaving carePathway Leaving Care Information leafletthat includes information about:

Prospects Services have also developed a mobile phone app for you called ‘Wotify Calderdale’. This has been designed with young people leaving care to help answer the questions that young people need answers to as they move towards independence.

The App has almost 100 “Wotify” questions for example “Wotify I need to get a job?” to “Wotify get evicted?” and covers everything from housing, work, health to transport, money and relationships, giving short answers to “Wotify” questions and then linking you to useful sites for more information. You can also submit your own “Wotify” questions to be added to the range. The app is free simply search the Apple Store, Google Play or Windows store for “Wotify Calderdale”

Have your say

Upwards n Onwards (UnO), is a group created by our young people for our young people. It is there to enable you to ‘have your say’ about the services we provide. The purpose is to help make the right changes, meet other young people and have a space to relax. The group meets once every two weeks on Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm at Youth Works, in the Orange Box .

For more information contact: Claire Haymonds, Pathways Leaving Care Service, Development and improvement Co-Ordinator by phone: 01422 394099 or email: claire.haymonds@calderdale.gov.uk


Transition means change. We know this can be a very difficult time for our young people. In Calderdale lots of different services have been working together to make it better and easier for you. An important part of this is writing and agreeing the ‘Transition Protocol’ for Calderdale that is agreed by Councillors and Senior Managers of the services that support you. Here is your guide ‘Transition from a Young Person to an Adult’Transition from a Young Person to an Adult

Positive choices - providing support during pregnancy and early years

Contact details for the Positive Choices Team:

Email: positivechoices@calderdale.gov.uk

Telephone: 01422 392622 or 01422 392681

Website: Positive Choices

Important changes for young people leaving care

Keep on Caring – Supporting Young People from Care to Independence. The strategy sets out the government’s plans and ambitions to improve the way in which support is provided to young people leaving care and encompass legislative changes and innovation. Care Leaver strategy

We recently met with our young people and other professionals about Keep on Caring in Calderdale. Our full report is coming soon!

Other useful contacts and links

Last Updated: 21/08/2017