Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults at risk
North Yorkshire County Council deals with any concerns for the welfare of children and vulnerable adults in the Ryedale area, however, we all have a role to play in protecting children and young people. Anything you notice can help a child at risk.
If you or the person you are concerned about is not in immediate danger, you should ring North Yorkshire County Council’s customer services centre on 01609 780780 (24 hour).
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If you or the person you are concerned about is in danger you should ring North Yorkshire Police on 101. If immediate action is required, you should ring the emergency services on 999.
What we do
We take safeguarding very seriously.
- We have a duty to safeguard vulnerable adults and children and we train our staff in specific safeguarding training. We also work to the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures.
- We hold quarterly meetings to review and comply to the Safeguarding policy, arrange training and monitor referrals. Safeguarding Working Group meetings are chaired by the Head of Customer Services and Communities and members of the group include the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Safer Ryedale, district councillors and representatives from various council departments.
- We are a reporting agency and report any safeguarding concerns to North Yorkshire County Council who review the facts and respond as appropriate.
- We work in partnership with other agencies to safeguard children through the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board.
- We work in partnership to safeguard vulnerable adults through the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by North Yorkshire Police and other police services across the county. The Herbert Protocol encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about a person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing.
Vital information about the person such as medication, description, photograph, significant places in the person’s life and their daily routine is recorded on a form.
The form should then be stored safely – either in electronic format on a computer or a printed version. It may need to be located quickly, at any time of day or night, by the person who needs the information to begin the initial searches.