This story was published 21 September 2017

Free courses designed to show people the simple steps they can take to make sure they, and young people they look after, stay safe online are being offered by us during this year’s Safeguarding Week.

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The North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service is running free ‘Simply e-safety’ courses during Safeguarding Week from 9-13 October 2017. The free two-hour sessions will be held at locations across the county and are primarily aimed at teaching parents and carers how to keep young people safe online, but anyone concerned about internet safety can go along.

“Internet safety is something we should all be aware of,” said County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children's Services. “It’s easy for any of us to type in a word by mistake and end up looking at something we shouldn’t, but for parents and carers with young people who are online every day, it can be especially worrying.

“The internet can be a wonderful tool for communication and learning, but young people are particularly at risk when using it, which is why the North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills service is putting on courses about how to stay safe online.”

There will be morning, afternoon and evening sessions in Selby, Northallerton, Richmondshire, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate and Skipton. For details and to book, go to, call 01609 780780 or email

The courses are part of the work being done to support Safeguarding Week across North Yorkshire. This year’s theme is “Safeguarding is everybody’s business” and its aim is to raise awareness of the different forms abuse can take across all age groups – children, young people and adults. It is also a chance to look at complex issues like protecting young people from abuse online.

The event is being supported by the four safeguarding boards that look after children, young people and adults in North Yorkshire and York and their partner organisations, including the Office of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Community Safety Partnerships.

Anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be the subject of abuse should report it:

North YorkshireChildren:

City of York: contact adult social care, tel: 01904 555111; out of hours tel: 01609 780780


If you think that a child or young person is being abused or neglected, call the Children's Front Door on 01904 551900 or email

For more information about types and signs of abuse, you can go to: