Safeguarding Week 22 – 28 June : VSI Newsflash announcement

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


Each day of Safeguarding Week 2020 focuses on different subjects/themes. Tuesday’s focus: Domestic Abuse and impact on children; Peer on peer abuse; Stalking, Controlling and Coercive Behaviour; Reducing Parental Conflict.

There is a dedicated Safeguarding Week 2020 webpage on the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership/Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board’s website ( where you can find resources and events for each day’s themes and subjects. Please note, these materials will only be available on the CSAB/CSCP website for a week (22nd to 28th June). Please make sure you make full use of them whilst they are available.

The rest of the week’s topics:

  • Wednesday – ACE’s; Transitions
  • Thursday – Online Safety; Scams and Exploitation
  • Friday – Promoting Resilience; Promoting Emotional Health and Well-being

You can also view Monday’s themes: ‘Safeguarding is Everyone Responsibility; Kindness’ and other resources.



If you would like to provide information for inclusion in the VSI e-updates, please e-mail Jake Farrar:

Safer Streets Around Schools progress update

This week Neighbourhood community wardens, Jonny and Zameer have been at St. Mary’s Primary and Holy Trinity Primary schools in Halifax providing the blocking off of the road on Swires Road and traffic management around both schools at the start and end of the school day.
This was in keeping with Calderdale Council’s plan to provide a safer and healthier environment around schools to encourage more young people to be active by walking and cycling to school and having a traffic free and safe environment to do so.

The wardens worked alongside staff from both schools ensuring social distancing was observed safely and engaged with parents and carers.

Motorists observed the road signs respectfully and there was some very positive comments from staff, parents and members of the public regarding how successful the temporary road closures at the start and end of the school day have been to assist with social distancing and providing a safe environment for the children.

Safer streets around schools

Posted on 10/06/2020 by Calderdale Council


Streets around Calderdale schools are set to become safer, healthier and more pleasant for everyone.

Calderdale Council is working with schools to encourage more active ways for children and young people to get to and from school, such as walking and cycling.

From Monday 15 June, roads outside 14 Calderdale schools will be closed to cars and other motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. No vehicles will be allowed on certain streets at these times for up to six weeks, as the Council is using its powers to transform the streets into temporary pedestrian and cycle zones. There will be controlled access for residents’ vehicles, deliveries, emergency and utility vehicles.

The new restrictions are part of the national School Streets(external link) community-based approach, aiming to reduce car usage and air pollution, promote walking and cycling and boost road safety, health and wellbeing.

This supports the Council’s ongoing work to tackle the climate emergency, improve air quality and become the most active borough in the North by 2024 through the Active Calderdale movement.

Introducing traffic restrictions around schools at busy drop-off and pick-up times has been a long-standing plan for the Council, and was successfully trialled at Field Lane Primary School in Rastrick to support Clean Air Day in June 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward the rollout as part of the recovery and rebuilding to ensure a safe future for everyone, including safe education, safe transport and safe spaces.

Everyone, including those travelling to and from school, is urged to keep a safe two-metre distance from other people, to protect each other and help reduce the spread of the virus.

Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said:

“We are determined to give Calderdale’s children and young people the best possible start in life. A key part of this is to protect them from dangerous air pollution and help families to make healthy and sustainable travel choices. Recently we have enjoyed the many benefits of fewer vehicles on our roads. The School Streets scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and create a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for everyone.


“As the coronavirus will be with us for some time, building a safe future remains paramount. Our School Streets will support social distancing rules, safe spaces, safe transport and a safe education.”

Parents, carers and nearby residents and businesses are being contacted directly about the new restrictions. There will be signs in place on site and school staff will be there to provide information, engage with people and ensure compliance with the rules, taking social distancing into account.

The effectiveness of School Streets will be monitored and the feedback will inform future rollout decisions.

These are the 14 schools where the new restrictions will apply as of Monday 15 June, from Monday to Friday on the following roads and at the following times:

  • Abbey Park Academy, Illingworth – Keighley Close, 8.15am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Beech Hill School, Halifax – Mount Pleasant Avenue, 8.20am – 9.05am and 2.40pm – 3.25pm
  • Bradshaw Primary School, Halifax – Ingham Lane, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick – Burnsall Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.40pm
  • Northowram Primary School, Northowram – Baxter Lane, 8.30am – 9.15am and 3pm – 3.45pm
  • Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge – Holme Street, 8am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • St Augustine’s CE (VA) J and I School, Halifax – driveway closed 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Chad’s CE Primary Academy, Brighouse – Finkil Street, 8.15am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax – Portland Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm
  • St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Academy, Todmorden – Wellington Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Illingworth – Furness Place, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.15pm
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax – Swires Road, 8.45am – 9.30am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • Wainstalls School, Halifax – Wainstalls Road, 8.30am – 9.10am and 3pm – 3.40pm
  • Withinfields Primary School, Southowram – Withinfields, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Improving air quality, protecting the borough’s distinctive environment and making it more resilient is fundamental to the Vision2024 for Calderdale.

For more information about School Streets, visit link) To find out more about Active Calderdale, head to and follow @ActiveCdale on Twitter


TimeOut – Listening line for 10 – 19 year olds from Open Minds

Open Minds have a listening line for children and young people between 10 – 19 years, offering support and advice.

The number is 01422 345 154

The line is open on Wednesdays between 1pm – 4pm.


You can save me – NSPCC encourages you to be vigilant around child abuse

During lockdown, some children and young people may be being abused and exploited at home.

These children need your help! As a neighbour or key worker visiting homes for any reason, you may be the only person able to spot abuse and report it.

Read the full PDF here

NHS still open for business

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact


Course Application form
Download Zoom here

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