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Safeguarding children

We have a duty by law to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need and to promote the upbringing of such children by their families.

We are also obliged to ensure that children in need of protection are protected from significant harm.

We take responsibility for child protection investigations, although referrals can come from all sorts of people, including the police, health bodies, schools or the voluntary sector. We work closely with all these agencies to make sure children and young people are safe.

Are you concerned about a child who is not in school?

We are keen for you to tell us if you are aware of any children who are neither in school nor receiving education at home, or children who appear to have gone missing. Some may be at risk of harm or be in unsafe situations. You can contact our customer service centre confidentially to tell us about children who are not in school. All concerns will be passed to the education social work service, which will contact the family concerned to make sure the children are safe.

If you are under 19

If you or anyone you know under 19 is being abused or neglected, contact us. In an emergency, always ring 999.

North Yorkshire children's trust board

The North Yorkshire children's trust board has been set up under the requirements of the Children Act 2004 and represents all the agencies working with children and young people across the county. The trust unites all partners providing services for children and young people at both a strategic and local level. The partners are working together to improve outcomes for children and young people across North Yorkshire.

You can find out more about the children's trust board here.

This page was last updated on 25 November 2013