Internet Safety

Here you will find links to a growing number of educational resources aimed at young people and professionals to help promote the safe, lawful and constructive learning of cyber skills.

We live in a connected world that will only get bigger through the advance of new technologies such as the internet of things and artificial intelligence. For those that have a deep interest in understanding the detail of what happens behind the scenes or where vulnerabilities are there could be a bright future ahead for them in a cyber-related role.

Education and awareness of the Computer Misuse Act and permissions is a key element of staying on the right side of the law and being able to progress into such highly prized and sought after cyber roles.

Knowledge also of where to apply such skills and learning in safe environments is also key to prevent disruption and criminal activity on the world wide web.

We hope that these resources are of great benefit and encourage safe, structured and lawful learning and kindly thank those who have designed these resources and publishing them for their use.

Services & Support

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Grief and Loss:

A new support and advice service is being launched to help people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through grief and loss.
The practical and emotional support and advice service will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.
Full details on the new service can be found here:

Open to people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, the service will be the first point of contact for anyone suffering any form of grief and loss, or those worried about losing someone, whether this relates to a family member, friend or member of their community. It is also available to those feeling impacted by the deaths of public figures and/or the volume of deaths across the country.

Services for Children and Young People:

First Point of Contact (for children and young people aged up to 18 years or 25 if they have SEND plus an EHCP)

Run by Northpoint Wellbeing, a member of the Calderdale Open Minds Partnership (the new name for Calderdale CAMHS) – this is the entry point for children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services in Calderdale, including referrals to the Open Minds Partnership and wider services in Calderdale which include (but are not limited to)

  • ChatHealth – secure and confidential text messaging service for young people – run by Locala School Nursing Team, commissioned by CMBC Public Health) for all school-aged children and their families; call back within 24 hours. Text: 07480 635297 for the young people’s service. Text: 07507 332157 for the parents and carers service.
  • Noah’s Ark Centre – although closed to new face to face referrals they are running a call back service for parents/carers and school staff, providing confidential support, advice and signposting, Monday – Fridays, from 10am to 4pm.
  • Healthy Minds – run a TimeOut web site – for daily activities during the pandemic, a blog and other advice for 10-19 year olds to feel good and stay well. They also have a Time Out listening line for young people aged 10 – 19 years who might be struggling with lockdown, missing friends, worried about school, or just want to talk to someone open every Wednesday from 1-4pm 01422 345154
  • SWYPFT out of hours emergency/crisis support – call 01924 316 830.

Open Minds (for children and young people aged up to 18 years)

This website provides advice, information, support and signposting on local and national emotional health and wellbeing services that help children and young people who are going through a difficult time.

Calderdale’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service Directory for Families

This service directory has been written by parents and professionals working together. It brings together information about services that can support children, young people and families with emotional health and wellbeing. The directory is from September 2018, and we are checking that the information in it is still current (leaving aside special arrangements for coronavirus)

Kooth (for children and young people aged 11 to 25 years)

Kooth is a free, safe anonymous online counselling and support service for children and young people aged 11 to 25. Young people can access Kooth’s counselling service, self-help resources, peer to peer forums and interesting articles written by young people for young people. If a child or young person needs to talk to someone confidentially about what’s bothering them, they can contact Kooth. Website

Services for Adults:

Also see Kooth above

Mental Health Helpline

This confidential helpline offers support and guidance to anyone aged 16+ registered with a GP practice in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Leeds and Barnsley 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 183 0558. As well as information and advice, trained telephone advisors can help people.

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

When we feel like we can’t cope, feel anxious, low or have problems sleeping, going out of the house. Sometimes this can start to affect our everyday lives and prevent us from doing the things we normally do. There are two providers providing IAPT services in Calderdale, the options are:

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is there for everyone in Calderdale.   Whether or not someone has a mental health diagnosis, or has been involved with other mental health services (NHS, for example), Healthy Minds offers a range of services to help them find what works for them to improve and maintain their emotional health and wellbeing. Visit the website –  or call 01422 345154.


Safespace (run by Healthy Minds) offers emotional support for people in distress. It is open every evening from 6pm with the latest available appointment at 10pm. Call 01422 345154 or contact by Facebook (Safespace Calderdale) or email

WomenCentre Calderdale and Kirklees (women only)

WomenCentre’s wide-ranging services include emotional and practical support on issues such as debt, benefits, mental or physical health, domestic violence, counselling, training and development and much more. Website, phone 01422 386500.

Andys Man Club (men only)

Provides free drop-ins (currently undertaken online) aimed at helping men open up about their mental health problems and reducing stigma. Find ‘Andys Man Club Calderdale’ on Facebook.

Other Support:

Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected

This is a short-term peer support and information service run by the Society 4 Neurodiversity for people in Calderdale with neurodivergent conditions including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Tourette’s as well as people with learning disabilities. An official diagnosis is not needed to access this service. The service provides

  • information on staying safe and well during the Coronavirus crisis
  • help finding local support services
  • regular phone contact

It operates 7 days a week 09:00-23:00 and ends on Sunday 12th July. Website, e-mail, phone 07441 399833.

Overgate Hospice, ‘Hear for You’

COVID-19 support line, provides telephone advice and support for health and social care professionals providing a frontline service in response to COVID-19, relatives and friends of patients being cared for in any health and social care setting in relation to COVID-19, bereaved relatives and friends.  Telephone number 01422 387172; the line is open between 10am and 6pm seven days a week.


This app is a guide for new dads, developed with the NHS. New dads will feel excited, but may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving them the knowledge and practical skills that they need.  The resource will support dads and their partners to give their baby the best possible start in life. It can be downloaded free by anyone with a Calderdale postcode on the App store or Google Play. It can also be obtained as a 38 page wipe-clean hard copy for £10 – details at

West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service (WYHSBS) is a postvention service, providing practical and emotional support to people who have been affected by a suicide bereavement. Website, phone 0113 3055800, e-mail

Brunswick Centre (counselling service)

The Brunswick Centre provides counselling for people living with or affected by HIV, around issues such as living with HIV, relationship problems, sexuality, and bereavement. Website, phone 01422 341764.

Calderdale Mental Health Carer Support  (Making Space)

This service supports people caring for someone with mental ill health in their caring role and helps give them balance in their life. Website,

phone 07815 493439 / 07813 342856 / 07815 493442

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees

Age UK provides a number of different services for older people, including information, advice and befriending.  Website, phone 01422 252 040.

Silvercloud online mental health support

Access to Silvercloud is available for any adult who might find it helpful. It includes a newly developed ‘Space from Covid 19’ module which has been designed by experts to help people dealing with difficult emotions brought on by coronavirus. This includes some advice on how to talk to children about coronavirus related anxieties. There are also modules on sleep, stress, and resilience for adults. Input the code ‘north’ when prompted. The site is secure, anonymous and confidential. No referral is required.

The Employee Assistance Programme

A 24 hour confidential helpline and on-line portal, for all paid Health and Social Care staff and people working in the volunteering hubs across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.  It provides confidential, friendly, non-judgmental support on stress, anxiety, low mood, finances, relationships and legal support, provided by experienced therapists and advisors. Free 24 hour Helpline: 0800 028 0199.

Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity.

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