Local support groups for children, young people, parents and carers

Halton SEND Carers Forum (HSCF)

Halton SEND Carers Forum Tel: 07784240160 & 07784240161


Halton Youth Cabinet (HYC)

Halton Youth Cabinet (HYC) supported by VIBE, is open to anyone in Halton aged 11-18 who wants to work with local decision-makers to ensure young people’s voices are heard

Children in Care Council (CICC)

Children in Care Council provides an opportunity for you to work together to promote your views, values and opinions and is a way for you to be involved in the planning and decision making processes on matters that affect your life

ADDvanced Solutions Community Network Groups

Have concerns about your child’s behaviour or progress at school? ADDvanced Solutions Community Network Groups offer support to help you learn, understand and meet the needs of your child and family

Sports , Groups and Places to Go

Halton’s MAX Card Scheme

The Max Card is a discount card for families of disabled children that can be used at various leisure and holiday activities across Britain. The scheme is designed to help families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more.

Halton has registered with this national scheme in the hope that some activities may be more affordable for families.

Please see the website for further details My Max Card

September 2021 update

Unfortunately due to reasons beyond our control Halton Borough Council are unable to distribute MAX CARDS at this time.  As soon as we receive an update from My Max Card and we are able to distribute the cards again we will update the Local Offer and send information out in the DCS Newsletter.

We apologise for the inconvenience.  For more details, please see Halton’s Max Card Scheme flyer – updated September 2021

Groups Activities
LATEST Serial Culture Zine (Magazine) produced by young people in Halton
Cultivate Youth Forum
We are delighted to announce the launch of Cultivate Youth Forum

The youth forum will be a subgroup of Cultivate, The Halton Cultural Education Partnership. One of the key pieces of work is to support Halton Borough as it becomes the Liverpool City Region Borough Of Culture in 2021.

What is the Cultivate Youth Forum?
The youth forum will help to support the design and delivery of cultural activities in the Halton Borough; it is anticipated that this youth forum will help to develop and deliver a cultural summer programme in 2021 as part of the Borough of Culture programme.

Who can get involved?
We are looking to recruit 12 young people aged 10-15 to come together weekly throughout December & January. Recruitment will be until the end of November. We hope for this to be in person, but we have a digital back up plan. We have funding to reimburse some travel expenses.

What will participants of this project be involved in?
Those who wish to engage with the Cultivate Youth Forum will be involved in increasing engagement with cultural activities within Halton, and helping to develop projects that introduce art and culture to young people, such as a cultural summer programme. The youth forum will aim to provide the space to explore and open opportunities for young people to participate in and promote a multitude of cultural activities across Halton and in particular, to promote the positive personal benefits of participating in such activities, such as improved health and wellbeing and inspiring creativity to name a few.

Sessions will be youth-led, and will focus around exploring the idea of culture and how it is represented across Halton, as well as working to design and develop ways of engaging young people with culture in the borough.

How can a young person get involved in the Cultivate Youth Forum?

  • More details in this briefing Cultivate Youth Forum Briefing for Organisations we can visit your children and young people to discuss this (either digitally or in person)
  • If you need any further information then please contact Hannah (h.mcmullan@youthfocusnw.org.uk) or alternatively text 07395 793 108.
  • To find out more about the Cultivate work, please click here and the project Instagram is @cultivatehalton
September 2021 update on Halton Borough Council’s Youth Service
Halton Borough Council in partnership with Halton Youth Cabinet, recently launched a new look youth service in 2021. The following support and services are now available:

  • To support some of the more vulnerable young people, Halton Borough Council’s Early Help and Intervention team are providing a dedicated Youth Support and Treatment to young people in a holistic family way. For any young person needing 1-1 support for substance misuse any other risk taking behaviour please contact iCART: The team can be contacted during the hours of 9am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday, call 0151 907 8305. If you have an urgent (safeguarding) concern outside these hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0345 0500148.
  • The Council and Vibe continue support the Halton Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament by ensuring they can still continue to meet and represent their members and the young people of Halton.
  • Support for other key groups that young people have advised the Council are important to them including LGBTQI is being provide by Loose at the Studio in Widnes.
  • With support from the NW Region Duke of Edinburgh Awards team and through our registered local schools and settings this important programme continues to be available in Halton.
  • Finally as we know that there is a huge amount of good innovative work with young people happening within our local communities, we have been offering the opportunity for local organisations to apply for a small grant between £5,000 and £10,000 over the last 12 months.
Disability Record Registration
All Local Authorities are required by the Children Act 1989 to hold a record of disabled children and young people. The record is a list of children and young people in Halton (0-25 years) who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and who receive, or may one day need to use the services from health, social services, education or the third sector (voluntary organisations).

Registering your child on the Halton Children’s Disability Record helps us identify and plan for the needs of children and young people with disabilities, their parents and carers. Registration is voluntary and is not linked to or a requirement of receiving social care services, which are assessed separately.

For more information please see the policy for details Record of Children with Disabilities Policy

How to register?

To register your child, please complete the Halton Children’s Disability Record  – Registration Form

Please email your Registration Form to admin-organisation&provision@halton.gov.uk


AccessAble (the new name for DisabledGo)
AccessAble for Runcorn and Widnes –  provide access guides to raise awareness of venues/public spaces that are locally accessible e.g. shops, restaurants, leisure centres, parks