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Safeguarding for children
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) 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 to promote the upbringing of such children by their families. In addition, the County Council is obliged to ensure that children in need of protection in its area are protected from significant harm.
The Children and Young People's Service takes a lead responsibility in child protection investigations although referrals can come from all sorts of people such as the police, health, schools or the voluntary sector. We work closely with all of these agencies to make children and young people are safe.
We believe that all children have an absolute and equal right to a childhood free from abuse, neglect or exploitation and that parents or carers have a right to be informed about any concern about their child's welfare or any action taken to safeguard and promote their child's welfare, providing this does not compromise the child's safety.
This section of our website
You may be visiting this site just for general information. However, if you or anyone you know who is under 19 is being abused or neglected, please contact us or the Police on the numbers shown below.
In an emergency, always ring 999
Child protection - frequently asked questions
Child protection conference - frequently asked questions