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Safeguarding children

If you suspect a child may be a victim of abuse or neglect contact the Safeguarding Children Team as soon as possible. For Out of Hours help contact the local Social Care Emergency Duty Team or the on-call Paediatrician at your local hospital.

Children’s Social Care – East Riding of Yorkshire

01482 396 559

Out of hours 01382 241 273

Children’s social care North Yorkshire                                                           

01609 780780

Children’s social care York

01904 551900

Out of hours Emergency Duty Team (North Yorkshire and York)

01609 780780

Police Vulnerable Persons Unit                        


Making a child protection referral

Follow these important step


Clearly document concerns and collate any family information that you aware of.


If you are unsure how to proceed, seek advice from your line manager, Children’s Social Care Team or the Duty Paediatrician at the local hospital.


If a child protection referral is required contact the Children’s Social Care Team to provide them with the details and information.

Confirm that you are making a child protection referral.


Follow up the verbal referral in writing, within 48 hours. Retain a copy of your referral for your reference.


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 a child is at risk of immediate harm call the police or the Children’s Social Care.


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

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