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North Yorkshire County Council has a general duty under the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need and, so far as is consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families. In addition, we are obliged to ensure that children in need of protection in North Yorkshire are protected from significant harm.
All children have a right to be well looked after and protected from harm. North Yorkshire County Council's children and young people's service investigate all cases when people are worried that a child may be at risk of being harmed or is not being looked after properly.
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Worried about a child?
If you are worried about a child or a young person under the age of 19, you should contact the children and young people's service through the customer services centre. If your concern is outside of normal office hours, you should contact the emergency duty team.
In an emergency, always ring 999
All calls about concerns you may have for a child are taken seriously. Calls can be taken in confidence.
For more details about the service provided by the emergency duty team, see the social care - out of hours support page.
Safeguarding - general information
The safeguarding - general information page provides details about organisations who can offer support to children, young people and families on a wide range of safeguarding issues, such as child protection; domestic violence; health; and risk taking behaviours.