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Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults at risk

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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.

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North Yorkshire County Council is the lead authority for the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults.

If you or the person you are concerned about is in danger you should ring the Police on 101 but if immediate action is required, you should ring the emergency services on 999. If you or the person you are concerned about is not in immediate danger, you should ring our North Yorkshire County Council customer services centre on 01609 780780 (24 hour).


We take safeguarding very seriously.

  • The Council has a duty to safeguard vulnerable adults and children. Council staff receive specific safeguarding training and work according to the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures
  • The Ryedale Safeguarding Panel meets quarterly to review this policy, arrange training, monitor referrals and ensure compliance with the Policy. Panel meetings are chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive and members of the panel include the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Safer Ryedale, district councillors and representatives from various council departments
  • The Council is a reporting agency and has a duty to report any safeguarding concerns to North Yorkshire County Council who review the facts and respond as appropriate
  • The council works in partnership with other agencies to safeguard children through the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board and vulnerable adults through the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board

The Council's Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy and Procedures is available in our Web Library.


The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by North Yorkshire Police and other police services across the county. It encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with Dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing.

The basis of the scheme is for vital information about the person such as medication, description, photograph, significant places in the person’s life and their daily routine, to be 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.

For more information, please visit North Yorkshire Police - the Herbert Protocol.



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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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