Over 1000 taxi drivers and private hire licence holders in Calderdale are now able to spot and report signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Drivers attended Professional Standards Training which was introduced in May 2015 – new four-hour sessions covering the key areas of responsibility for licensed drivers.
The drivers are now clued up on protecting children from CSE; recognising and reporting domestic abuse; disability and access for all; keeping safe and reporting incidents; maintaining a safe vehicle and being an ambassador for Calderdale. The training is compulsory for all drivers who hold a licence in Calderdale. They must complete the course every three years to keep their licence. New applicants need to do the training before receiving their licence.
I learned a lot from the training. It was really helpful in raising awareness of how to protect children. If I see anything of concern I know how to report it.
Calderdale Council have rejected proposals by Brighouse Councillor Scott Benton, who put forward a motion calling on schools to encourage children to sing the national anthem every day.
An imam from West Yorkshire has told ITV Calendar he supports the singing of God Save the Queen at school assemblies - adding that it doesn't contravene any religious beliefs.
Professor Syed Shah from Al Jamia Al Zahra in Halifax believes Muslims in Britain should be proud as citizens and uphold traditional British values.
Professor Shah added that singing the national anthem would bring communities together and help remove barriers.
I am in favour of this. Our prophet said that wherever you live, always pray for your rulers. If they are just rulers then you must pray for them that God blesses them with good health and gives them divine strength to do good things.
A motion relating to anthem in schools which has been put forward by a councillor from Brighouse is to be discussed by Calderdale Council.
A councillor from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, who has put forward a motion calling for every school to sing God Save The Queen in assemblies has told ITV Calendar he wants the nation to 'unite behind one flag'.
Brighouse Councillor Scott Benton who represents the Conservatives also wants to encourage all of primary and secondary schools to fly the Union flag in school grounds.
The proposal will be discussed at a Calderdale Council meeting tonight.
The Assistant Head at Parkinson Lane Primary School in Halifax says being patriotic isn't just about singing the national anthem.
Paramjit Khangura was speaking to ITV Calendar on the day Calderdale Council discusses a motion calling for children to sing the national anthem in school assemblies.
Parkinson Lane, which has pupils from a range of backgrounds proudly displays the Union Jack among flags of other countries.
The children believe that 'the world is full of different countries' and don't think singing God Save the Queen every morning would make them any more patriotic.
A councillor in West Yorkshire wants children to sing the national anthem at school assemblies.
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A councillor from Calderdale has put forward a motion calling for every school to fly the Union flag and sing God Save The Queen in school assemblies.
Brighouse Councillor Scott Benton who represents the Conservatives says he would like to encourage all of primary and secondary schools to fly the Union Flag in school grounds and include the National Anthem as part of school assemblies.
The motion will be discussed at the Halifax Town Hall tonight.
There are calls for fresh investigations into alleged child sex abuse at care homes in Calderdale, dating back more than thirty years. Victims and supporters staged a protest today outside the council's offices in Halifax to demand justice over cases which they claim were not fully looked into at the time, despite some successful prosecutions. They say vulnerable children are still not being protected. Sally Simpson reports.
Councillors will discuss plans to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's early pregnancy unit today.
Mums-to-be who need scans and treatment may have to travel to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax in the future after a report which said the service in Huddersfield is "under-utilised."
Calderdale Council have approved proposals to freeze council tax for a second year running.
They hope by doing so the council will qualify for additional grant funding from the Government.
The proposed budget also includes an additional £700,000 to boost tourism in the district and create new jobs in the tourism and business sector.