Adults and Children's Services

Director: Stuart Smith


Service areas

For the structure of the departments, please see: PDFAdult and children's service structure [PDF 71KB] .

Adults and Children's Services has four areas:


    Adults, Health and Social Care

    We strive to ensure that individuals and their families and carers get the personal support, advice and information they need so that:

    • older people
    • people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments
    • people with learning disabilities
    • people with mental health problems

    can take as much control as they want over their lives.

    We work in close partnership with the NHS, other government and voluntary agencies. Together we help adults to get personal care, support and the information that they need. We help people to have more choice, independence, dignity and confidence.


    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.

    • Strategic planning for schools capital
    • Asset management and support including the health and safety function for schools
    • Planning and commissioning school places
    • Responsibility for admissions and the management of admissions appeals
    • Strategic planning and management of home-school transport service
    • Support for individual schools on strategic budget management
    • Strategic planning management an oversight of the allocation, monitoring and management of the dedicated schools grant.
    • Co-ordination of the schools forum
    • Directorate strategic finance and liaison with corporate finance
    • Life Long learning.

    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

    Service Manager - Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

    Service Manager - Strategic Commissioning (secondment)

    Operations Manager - Contracts and Procurement

    Commissioning and Planning Manager

    Position vacant

    Business Support Manager

    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:

    • Early Intervention
    • Children's Assessment
    • Locality teams
    • Looked after children
    • Family Support
    • Youth Service and Voice
    • Young Offenders
    • School Links.

    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

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

    Service Manager - Children Looked After

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

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

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

    Principal Social Worker

    Position vacant

    Case Management Officer


    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

    Service Manager - Business Support

    Head of Virtual School, Children Looked After and Vulnerable Children

    Service Manager - Early Years, Childcare and Learning

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