Adult and Children's Services

Director: Stuart Smith

Service areas

There are four service areas within Adult and Children's Services listed below. The structure chart shows the sections within each service area:

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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