Specialist services

Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service (CHIBS)

0845 0099221


CHIBS offers a unique, free, befriending service that provides
emotional support to bereaved children and young people over the
age of 5 living in the Calderdale area. Support for children and
young people usually takes place at their school. The service is free
and confidential


Branching Out (DISC)

01422 415550


Branching Out work with young people in Calderdale aged between 10 – 21 years who are using alcohol, drugs or solvents or tobacco at any level, or those who may be at risk of using substances.

Referrals can be taken over the phone. Confidential advice and
guidance if you’re unsure can also be given over the phone.
Please make sure you have the young person’s consent
before referral

Tel: 01422 510000

Staying Safe – Children & Young People’s Domestic Abuse Support

01422 323339


Children and Young People’s Domestic Abuse Support is open
to any child or young person who is affected by domestic abuse
between the ages of 5-18 years.

The service offers confidential befriending and support to children and their non-abusing parent or carer.

Professionals must refer via the Early Intervention Panels (E.I.P)
although informal discussions can take place with the team
regarding suitability of referrals. Parents can self refer if there
is no other agency supporting them. Self referrals are accepted
for 14 years and above.


Calderdale Young Carers Service

01422 261207


Calderdale Young Carers Service provides support for children and
young people aged 8–18 years who provide care for a family member living with a physical or mental health problem, learning difficulty, substance misuse or an enduring illness.

The service provides: Information and advice, group activities, social
events, short projects and individual work around their caring role
and issues that they face as children and young people who may be
impacted by their circumstances.

Children and young people will also have the opportunity to undertake a Young Carers Assessment which may lead to a personalised plan of support or a further family
assessment. Both self-referrals and referrals from professionals through the Early Intervention Panel are welcome.

Youth Offending Team

01422 368279


The Youth Offending Team work with children and young people
aged 10-17 years who have offended or at risk of being involved in
the Criminal Justice System. They aim to help prevent offending by
supporting young people, children, parents and carers.


IDENTITY – LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Support

07867 644696 or 07922 574185


Identity offer 1:1 confidential support and advice to young
people regarding sexuality and gender identity and a safe
space for young people to be themselves and make new
friends. We offer a range of activities, chosen by the young
people, from discussion groups and film nights to cooking
and pool.

Identity is a weekly LGBTQ+ youth group in Halifax for young people aged 12-18 and is part of the Barnardo’s Positive Identities Project in Calderdale.

Referral process: You can self-refer or have a professional or
family contact the service either by phone, text or email.