Safeguarding children and adults

Updated on 20 July 2017

Safeguarding children and adults

Everyone has the right to live a life free from harm and abuse. Safeguarding is about protecting individuals – adults or children – who may be in some way at risk of abuse or neglect from others. It can take many forms – people can be financially abused, sexually abused or physically abused among others.

Safeguarding is a shared responsibility, requiring effective joint working between agencies and professionals of different roles and expertise and we are committed to work with key partners to improve the safety of children and their families and to safeguard vulnerable adults.

Through partnership working we are can identify risks, share information and collaborate to reduce the risk of harm to vulnerable people.

The four CCGs in North Yorkshire have an integrated adults and children's safeguarding team that is shared across NHS Vale of York, Scarborough and Ryedale, Harrogate and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCGs.

Making a child protection referral

  • Clearly document concerns and collate any family information known to you.
  • If you are unsure how to proceed, seek advice from one of the following: line manager, Children’s Social Care Team; or duty Paediatrician at local hospital.
  • If child protection referral is required, contact Children’s Social Care on the numbers above. Give all details/information regarding your concerns and confirm that you are making a child protection referral.
  • Follow verbal referral up in writing within 48 hours. Retain a copy of your referral for your reference. (Referral forms available on LSCB websites)
  • Wherever possible, share your intent to refer with parents/carers of child (exceptions outlined in Child Protection Procedures).
  • Always follow Child Protection Procedures.  If you believe that a child is at risk of immediate harm, call the Police/ Children’s Social Care as an emergency.

Further information and child protection procedures can be found on the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board website and the City of York Safeguarding Children Board websites at and

Useful publications

Click on the links to download

NHS England Safeguarding newsletter - published June 2017

Contacts for safeguarding children advice


Role / specialism

Phone number

Jacqui Hourigan

Nurse Consultant for Safeguarding in Primary Care

07920 266 404

Karen Hedgley

Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children

07946 337 290

Elaine Wyllie

Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children

07917 800 793

Dr Natalie Lyth

Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children

01845 521 681

Out of hours 

Contact the local Social Care Emergency Duty Team or the on call Paediatrician at your local hospital


Child protection referrals - Children’s Social Care

North Yorkshire Contact Centre  

0845 034 9410

York – Front Door

01904 551 900

Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team


North Yorkshire and York

0845 034 9417

Police vulnerable persons units:


Contact all local units via the central control room:


Find out more about local safeguarding work

City of York Council safeguarding information

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Mental Capacity Act

Our safeguarding children and adults team

Safeguarding children - making a referral

Safeguarding children – who to contact

Slavery and human trafficking statement

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