CNET Brexit Event 3rd December 2018 Feedback

Feedback from Jayne Leech, Delivery Manager:

Last week I attended a discussion at CNET in Bradford about the likely implications of Brexit to our Sector.

In Calderdale we have received less European funding than some of our other West Yorkshire counterparts, so it feels like it may not be as much of a worry for us than neighbouring local authorities.  Obviously the last couple of days have seen us all in unprecedented circumstances, so things might all change again.  However, this was the most up to date information as of last week.

The discussion was led by an organisation called Brexit Civil Society Alliance, they are UK wide and their mission statement is: To bring together civil society organisations from all parts of the UK to make sure our voices are heard in the Brexit process.  Further events are planned for York and Humberside in the New Year.  Lower down this email is their bulletin which you can subscribe to for free.

More information can be found on their website

At the event was also a group called In Limbo this is to support the 3 million individuals who have made the UK their home – they are in limbo because if the UK leaves the European Union their immigration status is likely to change and they may have to reapply for leave to remain or have their status questioned, regardless of how long they have lived in the UK, whether they are married, have children or operate a business.


The implication to all employers if individuals leave the UK could severely impact on service delivery. The Royal College of Nursing have said they are 40,000 applications down for nurse training.


The government have pledged to replace any `lost’ European funding with what is called a Shared Prosperity fund.  This will be channelled through our local LEP (Local Economic Partnership) for Calderdale that is the Leeds City region.  The LEP has a focus on Business and Skills and is made up of Business Leaders and the Leaders of local councils.  So for Calderdale it is Councillor Tim Swift.  The amount allocated or the process for allocation is not known.


Talks are taking place with all the leaders of local authorities, elected member leads and the LEPS across Yorkshire and the Humber to quickly explore the devolution position – all central government finances/resources allocated to the region who then elect a Mayor and have control of all future spends and plans.

Calderdale Council Brexit Strategy Plan – there is a plan.  However, at the recent Chief Officers Forum meeting Councillor Daniel Sutherland, portfolio holder for Economy & Regeneration advised that this was full of red budget `guestimates’.  Sian Rogers, Policy & Projects Manager, lead for Voluntary and Community Sector CMBC and an Alliance partner also has some links with her policy development role in Leeds City region LEP.

Key Dates after this week 21 January 2019 when the final Brexit plan has to be submitted and accepted by the European Parliament.

National Contingency Planning

`Blue Light Services’ NHS, Police, Fire and Ambulance all have in depth contingency plans – the Armed Forces are on standby to support

Medicines the NHS are stockpiling some medicines that are manufactured and supplied from sources in Europe e.g. Insulin

Feedback from C&YP Safeguarding Board 19th July 2017

  • Appointment of a new independent chair – Nick Frost takes over from Richard Burrows – July was Richard’s his last meeting
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Safeguarding Boards secretariat have merged so far improved service for Adults, business as usual for Children’s
  • Joint Targeted Area Review (JTAI) Preparation is taking place in Calderdale is required to undertake a JTAI around the theme of Neglect.  Multi agency inspectors come to authorities and track cases talking to all agencies involved.   Inspectors are from Ofsted, (CQC) Care Quality Commission, HMIP, HMIC
  • Section 11 audits – *A big thank you* goes out to the 9 groups (in addition to those groups who have to complete an assessment as part of their contract arrangements) who completed the audit this year.  General feedback; it is an in depth process which does take some time but is a very useful tool which reassures adequate processes and reassurances are in place.  Discussions are taking place to see if the process can be simplified and whether a yearly reassessment can be easily achieved.
  • Safeguarding Week takes place w/c 9 October – more details to follow
  • Representation – Jayne & Angela Everson – Children & Young People’s Board                                  Steve Blackman – Adults

Calderdale Community Safety Forum 1st December 2016 Notes

Calderdale Community Safety Forum

Thursday 1 December 2016 – 2.00 – 3.30pm, Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close, Halifax, HX1 5TW



Zoe Aspinall, Together Housing

Lorraine Roe, Compass Bridge

Zoe Wilkinson, Victim Support

John Simpson, West Yorkshire Police

Asad Qureshi, Himmat Project

Jacob Hill, Offploy CIC

Jayne Leech, North Bank Forum (NBF)


1.    Introductions & welcome

Jayne Leech (JL) opened the meeting and attendees introduced themselves.  They gave a brief overview of the service their organisation offers.


2.    Apologies for absence

Angela Everson, Women Centre

Fran, Alpha House

Kate Auker, Barnardos

Darren Burton, Together Housing


3.    Notes of meeting 13 Sept 16

Accepted as an accurate record.


4.    Matters Arising

There were no matters arising that were not covered by the agenda.


5.    Main Agenda Item – Hate Crime  

Inspector John Simpson, Calderdale Neighbourhood Policing Support Team.

JS advised that there had been a slight blip in reported crime since Brexit (UK parliament decision to activate Article 50, leaving the European Union) on average there would be 10 to 15 reports a month which increased to 30, mainly due to someone posting anti sematic stickers in the town centre. Each sticker counted as one hate crime.  There are a number of safe places reporting centres details as per below;

Safe places scheme

In 2011 Calderdale Council and its partners launched the Safe Places Scheme to increase the safety and confidence of vulnerable people when they visit Halifax town centre.

The Safe Places scheme means that busy public places can offer support to vulnerable adults who may need help.

Buildings displaying the Safe Places poster include:

Halifax Bus Station
Central Library and Archive
Calderdale College.
These public places are demonstrating that they are a safe haven and can offer support if an individual is distressed, being harassed, bullied, or is feeling unwell.

For a full list of the Safe Places in Calderdale, see Safe place centres [PDF 187KB] .

Contact cards with the Safe Places logo have been issued to people with learning difficulties so that they can be carried when out and about in town. If they need to call into a Safe Place and need assistance, staff will help them, ring the number, and keep them safe until help arrives.


For further information on the safe places scheme:

Name: Community Safety and Resilience Team

Email address:

Telephone: 01422 288001

Postal address:

Community Safety and Resilience Team,  2nd Floor, Westgate House, Halifax


If groups would like support to encourage service users to report hate crime can offer advice.

Zoe Wilkinson, Victim Support advised they could support groups also and have a number of leaflets that have been translated into different languages that may be useful.

JL agreed to put her in touch with Vicky Ledwidge, St Augustine’s Centre.

JS provided some statistical information which will be circulated with these minutes.

Attendees were reminded that reporting can be done anonymously.


6.    Prevent

JL shared the below email with the group;

PREVENT is part of the UK’s Counter Terrorism strategy and aims to prevent people from supporting violent extremist.

PREVENT Calderdale would like to invite individuals who are interested in supporting vulnerable people and communities around PREVENT related issues to make contact with Sadia Hussain, PREVENT Coordinator to discuss skills that you can offer. This is an hourly paid role dependant on needs of the service. Full training will be provided.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like further information then please email Sadia Hussain, PREVENT Coordinator on

SADIA HUSSAIN, PREVENT Coordinator, Calderdale Council

2nd Floor Westgate House, Halifax, HX11PJ

TEL: 07702656834

It was agreed to invite Sadia to the next meeting.


7.    Road Safety

There had been a request by the newly formed multi agency Road Safety group for a representative to attend from this forum.  JL had advertised the role and it looked like Brian Mansfield from Elland and District Partnership Road Safety sub committee would be able to take this up.

The first meeting took place on Thu 24 November 2016 (which neither myself nor Brian could make) and the next meeting is 24 January 2017 14:00-16:00 at  Halifax Town Hall Meeting Room A


8.    Feedback /Representation

Friday 30 September, 7.30 pm, Valley of Sanctuary, Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax launched

Next open meeting to be held on Monday 5th December, 7.30pm, upstairs at the Golden Lion Todmorden.

Minutes of last meeting —>

Wednesday 21 September, 9.30 am Tackling Hate Crime and Extremist Ideology Conference Elsie Whiteley Centre

External Guest speakers;

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation – stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance

Founder; Sylvia Lancaster O.B.E.

Community Security Trust – Protecting our Jewish Community

Alex Webster, Northern Regional Security Coordinator

Tell MAMA Tackling Hate, Providing Hope – countering anti muslim prejudice through collective social action

Mahroof Hussain

Local speakers;

Mark Patterson, Chair of Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership

Together Housing

Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council

Robin Tuddenham, Director of Communities and Service Support Calderdale Council

Justine Lumb, West Yorkshire Police

Equalities Forum

Public meeting Wednesday 5 October 5.30 pm Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax

Main agenda item Public Health Speaker; Caron Walker, Consultant Public Health spoke about Health Inequalities.

Safeguarding Week 17 October

A busy programme of activities took place, which was well received.  Report on activity to be shared once available.

Mon 21 November West Yorks Police & Crime Commissioner Annual Conference Wakefield

Aim of the event was to bring together a wide range of third sector representatives and service users to:

–       Enable a wider third sector audience to engage with the PCC

–       Receive a report about the work of the PCC’s Third Sector Advisory Group

–       Discuss the role of the sector in promoting the involvement of victims and offenders in the design and development of services.

–       Support the development of district based third sector networks.

A4 sheet released with newly refreshed priorities JL to circulate.

Feedback sheets from;

Community Safety Partnership Executive 30 Sept 16

Community Safety Partnership Performance & Delivery Group

19 October 2016

Community Safety Partnership Executive 25 November 16

JL to circulate


9.    Any other business

Mon 10 Oct 16

Refugee Crisis – Let’s get things clear – delivered by St Augustine’s Centre

Safer Communities Funds Award

Grant Round 10 to be confirmed

Bids open 12 Dec

Bids close 20 Jan 17

Fund Awards 30 Mar 17


10. Date of Next meetings 2017

Tues 7 March

Tues 12 September

Tues 12 December


Tues 13 March & Tues 12 June

PCC Third Sector Advisory Group Report Back November 2016

Community Safety Partnership Executive 25 November 2016

Main areas of discussion:

Performance (Derek Benn)

Current Performance

    – Community Safety Plan 2016/17 – Quarter 2 Updates

    – Performance indicators

Report from Performance & Delivery Group:
– PCC’s public perception survey update – to take place again in Jan 2017

  – Update on Evidence Based Initiatives


Prevent Plan Update (Andrew Pitts)

Discussion about content took place.  Consideration to be given about internal extremism could a Jo Cox type situation occur here?  Additional thoughts to be given about vulnerable Syrian families that have been resettled locally.


Domestic Abuse Report (Rachel Pickering)

Domestic Abuse repeat victim rate increasing, work ongoing to understand why.


Implications of Taylor Report, YOT Restructure and Next Steps (Jeff Rafter)

More might be know at the National Conference in December. Acknowledgement of the success and expertise within the local team.


Halifax Town Centre Week of Action (Derek Benn)

Continuation of Business Against Crime, rolling out to all 6 townships across the district.


Modern Slavery (Robin Tuddenham)

CSE, Forced labour and sex workers likely to be individuals in this area.


Publicity Items

CSE members photographed and video in support of the White Ribbon International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Day, in Halifax town hall.


Key learning:

  • Identified vulnerabilities around mental health
  • Likely that Reducing Crime and Reoffending will be a top priority in the refreshed plans.
  • All youth cases to be heard at Bradford Court
  • All sex offenders seen in Leeds
  • Coordinated approach being taken by WYPCC re; Appropriate Adults


Next steps –

  1. Were there any discussions or decisions which you feel you had particular impact or influence on?

None in particular stand out, but did feel I could contribute with the work wider partners are undertaking.

  1. Are you involved in any additional areas of work or meetings as a result of your attendance?

Fed back from WYPCC Conference – Following the conference a meeting is being arranged to explore further partnership working with Ed Chesters Chief Inspector, Safeguarding & Partnerships, Calderdale District.

  1. Have you any other comments or observations?

Highlighted the links between safeguarding vulnerable individuals and victims of crime e.g. Modern Slavery, Domestic Abuse.

Children and Young People’s Partnership July 2015

  • CYPEE: Children & Young People’s Partnership Executive
  • CMBC: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • C&YP: Children & Young People
  • CAMHS: Child Mental Health Service
  • WYPCC: West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner
  • SEND: Statement of Educational Need
  • CSCB: Calderdale Safeguarding Children’s Safeguarding

Performance Indicator Report: CMBC C&YP directorate – Improvement is being made in adoption journey and permanency of placement. The indicators are slightly confusing, they are going to be improved with narrative. Lead Officer – Judith Wyllie.

Troubled Families: CMBC C&YP Family Intervention Team – Early intervention being embedded within existing teams. Working alongside Children’s Social Care teams. Positive outcomes for families, more of a focus on families with drug & alcohol issue. Lifeline commissioned to support and Home-Start around intensive family support involving volunteers. Effort is being made to reduce children going into care. Lead Officer – Steve Woodhead.

Safeguarding School: CMBC C&YP Education – Training offered for safeguarding leads in school, network developed, training programme developed with CSCB offered out to school governors. Lead Officer: Rezina Kelly.

Disabled C&YP: CMBC C&YP directorate – Pilot SEND Ofsted review took place, positive outcomes good practice being shared with other local authorities. Lead Officer – Judith Wyllie.

CAMHS: CMBC C&YP directorate – A report has gone to scrutiny to look at improving the service delivered to people around mental health as it is acknowledged there are long waiting lists and issues with accessing service and resources. Multi agency task force looking at pathways. Final report back to scrutiny Dec 15. Lead Officer – Judith Wyllie. Ofsted – Permanency strategic board set up to look at wider issues. Permanency peer review taking place in Sept. Small numbers of children. Emphasis still on the best outcome for the child. Single Integrated Plan (SIP) moved away from stand alone plan. Actions now added into existing service plans and targets. Report provided against improvement actions. Make A Difference reporting system developed, partners can access. Lead Officer – Judith Wyllie. Item for H&WB – Affect on families after the budget changes.

Domestic Child Sexual Exploitation Update: CMBC C&YP Commissioning – Domestic Abuse bulletin has been developed by the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Strategic Board to be circulated. Commissioning & Stakeholder event 22 July details to be shared. WYPCC regional perpetrator programme commencing soon. Ethnographic Research commission to be redrafted and circulated. Safehands are being recommissioned for a further year. Recruitment of a new member of staff. Rolling out a Parenting Course locally. Across West Yorkshire they are delivering a prevention programme of schools and professionals. Lead Officer – Julie Killey

Welfare Reform Partnership Event 16th July 2015

  • Councillor Steve Sweeney, Cabinet Member for Communities opened the event and welcomed all the delegates
  • Carole Knowles, Libraries, Museums and Arts Manager gave a talk about Library Digital Landscapes: inclusion and more. Libraries offer free, one hour training sessions to anyone wanting to get online for the first time, with the option to book another session as follow up. Most of the sessions are delivered by volunteers. Library staff have been trained as Digital Champions to assist people in with navigating online and information and when to refer them for further specialist support.
  • Q: How do Calderdale Libraries promote their services to people who wouldn’t think of going to the library to ask for advice? A: Job centres refer people to the library for free access to computers and help with getting online.
  • Q: Do Calderdale Libraries have any plans to increase the number of computers or tablets available? A: This matter is being explored. e-books and e-audio books are available through the Council website.
  • Vicky Ledwidge from the St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax talked about their work in supporting asylum seekers, refugees and EU migrants and shared some of the human stories behind the statistics. Vicky and other volunteers from the centre visit schools to talk about their work and welcome the opportunity to talk to other groups about what they do.
  • Q: Is there anything more Calderdale could be doing to combat prejudice? How will the new welfare reforms affect St Augustine’s clients? A: St Augustine’s staff are available to speak to frontline staff and keen to speak at more events. Welfare changes could make it more difficult for St Augustine’s clients to access jobs and money but St Augustine’s will continue to support them in preparing to access benefits and getting ready for work.
  • Q: Why don’t asylum seekers make a claim in the first safe country they reach? A: This can be difficult for people who are being trafficked to Europe and is a reason why some asylum claims for people in Calderdale are not successful.
  • Q: What kind of working relationship do you have with G4S? A: St Augustine’s has a good relationship with the local G4S officer, who refers clients to them for support.
  • Kerry Maynard from Calderdale Council Revenue and Benefits Team talked about issues emerging from the Summer Budget and what these changes might mean for people in Calderdale. She also gave an update on the impact of other welfare reforms and the support and signposting available for anyone locally struggling to cope.
  • Q: How much is Universal Credit? A: The amount people receive depends on their housing costs- it’s not a basic amount like Job Seekers Allowance, so it is hard to give a figure without a specific case example.
  • Q: Can you decide which of your two children you can include when welfare support is restricted? A: No, but it is a rolling benefit, so if an older child passes beyond the eligible age and you have a third, younger child who was previously not included, the support will roll on to the younger one so you can continue to claim for two.
  • Q:The latest information on Housing Benefit for young people under 21 indicates that they will no longer be eligible if they are not meeting certain obligations. What are these? What does Earn to Learn mean? A: Information on exactly how this will work is still limited but it looks as if young people will be expected to engage with training, education and activities to help them find work in order to be eligible for benefit- it is about conditionality, in the same way as the Claim Commitment for jobseekers expects them to agree to do certain things to be eligible for the money they receive.
  • Q: What is the Living Wage and how does this compare to the Calderdale Living Wage? A: The government Living Wage will start at £7.20 per hour. Calderdale Council Living Wage, brought in last year is £7.65 per hour, approved by the Centre of Economic Research, Oxford.
  • Alastair McGregor from Calderdale CAB shared some statistics on advice trends and how queries in Calderdale fit with national figures.
  • Sian Rogers thanked everyone for coming and invited delegates to look around at the stalls of information about partner organisations.
  • Close

Event presentations

Budget briefing

Children and Young People’s Partnership March 2015

Public Health: New staffing arrangements – Gill Farrington, Consultant of Public Health leaving authority, Caron Walker Consultant for Public Health taking over from her.

Mental Health Report: 81 week waiting time for referrals into specialist services – Discussion taking place between all providers SWFT/Lds Counselling. Issues raised by GP’s Schools CCG, H&WB (19 March) and Council Scrutiny – Meeting taking place in June with all providers. CAMHS Tier 3 – new assistant director interim service improvement – CCG & CMBC funded a new post to make improvements.

Early Years Strategy: Refresh of Strategy – CCG have provided additional funding for Speech & Language Therapy. 79% of eligible 2 year olds taking up places national average is 65% Target is 80% (4 children) Integrated review of Health & Education sharing info with a steering group including Jan McGhee.

Early Intervention Strategy: Positive comments were given by the Ofsted team around the EI panels. Ofsted definition of EI is Early Help at any point in a child’s life. Meetings held x 2 per month. Upper Valley: Alternate Thurs 9.30-11.30 Todmorden Community College. Lower Valley (details to follow). North Hfx: alternate Thurs Central: usually Mon’s pm at the Library. Some of the meetings are on Tues, contact Lauren for more info – encourage more referrals into EI panels rather than front door service. Dates of early intervention panels circulated to VCS.

Youth Strategy Group: Opportunity to bring together partners to discuss issues facing young people – Meeting to be held Thurs 26 March at Orangebox. JL to attend an feedback to wider VCS.

OFSTED Report: Ofsted visited Calderdale recently – Report is due out in the next couple of weeks. Generally very fair reflection of where the authority thought it is. JL to circulate Ofsted report to wider VCS.

Making Friends & Take Part in Activities: Description of how during the new contract 2015/16 SSC can support his priority. Themed C&YP Meetings, C&YP Consortia Development, Events, Development/support for reps, Improve Feedback mechanisms, Continue VCS Safeguarding Forum, Partnership Working with VAC – Health Vanguard Status. JL & Judith Whylie to meet up, JL to link-up with VAC.

Safeguarding Meeting 5th February 2015

  • Learning & Development Chair – Plea for Nominations for Chair(s) of two subgroups are being requested. After getting permission from the candidate pass details to Julia Caldwell
  • Communication Chair
  • Representation Change – If representatives are being changed, Richard asked if a formal message be sent to the board to agree the substitution. Action JL for SB?
  • Learning Framework – Item 3.5 – Any comments, does it make sense – system of charging for courses if delegates fail to attend. Question are the right type of courses being provided at flexible times and venues, what reasons are given for non attendance, what are the numbers, from which agency? Comments to Allison Waddell, Item 3.5 Attached
  • Learning and Improvement Overview Report April – December 2014 (Quarter 1, 2 and 3) – Item 3.1  Training Champion. Appendix 3 – VCS, Health Connections, Himmat and Women’s Centre counted separately. A request was made to add in e-learning. Steve is this you for VCS? Do we need to sit down with Allison to get an accurate figure?
  • Item 3.4 Serious Case Review – Read and digest. Attached
  • Item 4.8 Signature of Risks – To be circulated. Attached
  • Item 4.9 Early Intervention – To be circulated. Attached
  • Item 4.10 Missing Guide – To be circulated. Attached
  • Future Events – Safeguarding Conference  to coincide with Womens Day 9 March – To follow and then circulate, 18 March Schools Event – Electronic Health Needs Assessment – Will try to get an invite.
  • Item 3.6 Section 11 – In the report VCS have figures of 50% of non commissioned VCS completing the questionnaires. I challenged this figure as being high (but AW said she had agreed this with you.) Suggestion that this could be 30% this year, 50% year after. We have previously reported that 275 groups offer a service to C&YP. –  JL & SB to discuss the baseline figures.