Children and Young People

We are the City of York Safeguarding Children Board (CYSCB) and our main goal is to make sure that you have a safe and happy upbringing.

  • Safeguarding is the word we use when we want to prevent children and young people from being hurt.
  • The Safeguarding Children Board looks at what needs to happen to keep children and young people safe.

Click here to view the Young People's Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children. This guide might be useful for you if you have some questions about help you think you or somebody you are worried about should be getting.

The Children and Young People's Plan explains how York aims to help children and young people living in the city achieve their dreams.


Information you may find useful:

Websites you may find useful:

  • YorZone: resources and information about growing up in York.
  • NSPCC: guidance about the different forms of child abuse.
  • ChildLine: talk to somebody in confidence about your problems.
  • Young Minds: worried about mental health and well being?  
  • Thinkuknow: staying safe and protected online.
  • FGM is Everybody's Business: young people fighting against FGM.
  • STEM4: information and support if you're worried about eating disorders, depression, self harm and addiction. Download Stem4's new self-harm help app here.
  • Yorkshire Mesmac: support for LGBT youth.
  • IDAS: concerned about domestic abuse in your family?  

Help with current issues:


Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation:
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation is NEVER ok. The 'Its Not OK' campaign. For support or if you’re concerned that a child has been sexually abused please contact the NSPCC 24 hour helpline Tel: 0808 800 5000 or email: If a child is at immediate risk of harm call 999.


Speak Up and have your say

Speak Up is York's Children's Rights and Advocacy Service and is here to help you understand your rights, and to provide you with help and support on anything and everything to do with being in care. Speak Up like to know your opinion on Children's Services, on being in care and on what you'd like to happen in your life.

The people at Speak Up are called advocates and they are there to speak on your behalf and help resolve any problems or issues you have. Advocates are confidential, and won't talk to your social worker, foster carers or any other workers without asking your permission (unless you are putting yourself or someone else in danger).

Speak Up


Advocates can help you:

  • find the right words to make sure you're listened to.
  • express your views and get them heard.
  • get information about what you want to know.
  • work out what your options are.
  • sort things out with the adults in your life.
  • complain about a service or the way you have been treated.
  • and many many more...

Advocates are there to represent you and only do what you ask. They'll stop anytime you say you don't want their help anymore.


Other ways to have your say

Take a look at YorZone to find out about lots of different ways that you can have your voice heard.