Relationships Matter

Research shows that inter-parental relationship conflict, whether between couples who are living together or separated, if frequent, intense and poorly resolved can have an adverse effect on their child’s emotional, social and cognitive development.

The safety and welfare of children – also known as safeguarding – is everyone’s business. You could be a parent, relative, neighbour, friend, childminder, or you may work for any organisation which has contact with children and young people such as teacher or doctor.

Safeguarding means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults. It also means protecting children from physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. Most children generally enjoy a happy childhood experiences within their own family. 

Parenting Support

Useful information and guidance about support services for parents in Calderdale:

Early Intervention Services

The idea of early intervention is simple: by working together with children, parents and families we can prevent issues occurring, or provide better support when they do.

Calderdale’s Early Intervention Strategy is a vision and an approach that will continue to be developed by feedback from Children and Young People and Families. The aim for Calderdale is that children, young people and families tell us that the help they got was at the right time, it was good and made a positive difference.

Calderdale’s Early Intervention Strategy (EIS) has been developed to deliver a co-ordinated approach to multi-agency locality working. The priority is to deliver intervention, which is early and focused for children, young people (aged 0 to 19) and their families who have been identified as requiring some support from a specialist service to address unmet needs.

For contact details follow this link:

Women’s Centre Counselling

The Counselling Service provides free one-to-one therapeutic work for women, with women.

Follow the link for further details:


Domestic Abuse Support

What is domestic abuse? Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can include but is not limited to the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.

What help is available?

  • Free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
  • Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
  • Dedicated male and female support workers

Follow the link for local support in Calderdale:

Further national guidance:

Early Relationships for New or Expectant Parents

AIKO is a local community interest company dedicated to promoting positive parent-infant relationships and the social, emotional and mental well-being of babies and children from conception to 4 years old in the Calderdale & South Kirklees localities

Link for guidance and support to expectant or new parents:

Open Minds support for young people (aged 16-25 years)

Support is available for 16-25 years old whether concerned as a young parent or because parents are in conflict.

Information and links to other websites and resources to support emotional health and wellbeing are on this page:

Open Minds support for Early Years (0-5 years)

This service is aimed at families with young children and includes information and links to services in Calderdale which help parents and families.

For parents, carers or family members needing more advice or a service for young children in Calderdale this page contains more information:


Conflict where alcohol or drugs are a concern

Recovery Steps in Calderdale work together to bring a holistic approach to helping individuals, and their friends and families, who suffer the consequences of alcohol and/or drug misuse to change their lives around, free from the need or desire to use any mind altering substance.

Conflict where mental wellbeing is a concern

Calderdale Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) helps people to get quick and easy access to the best type of therapy for their individual needs. Many people experience problems with their psychological (mental) wellbeing at some point in their lives.

IAPT can help the person to gain a new understanding of their difficulties and develop new ways of coping. It can also help them to make changes in their life and address current problems.

Follow the link for further information:

Relationship counselling (Some services may charge)

RELATE help all sorts of people in all sorts of situations. They can support people whether they are in a new relationship, in a long-term relationship, or not in a relationship at all.

For local Relate service see the links below.

Halifax area:

Brighouse area:

Hebden Bridge area: