The Children Act 2004 requires partner agencies to work together to improve the well being of children and young people in their local area.
North Yorkshire has a population of approximately 600,000 of which 132,000 are aged 0 to 19. The vast majority are white British, with only 2.7 per cent being of black and minority ethnic origin. About three per cent of school age children in North Yorkshire are the children of service personnel. This is relatively high and brings its own issues, such as the transitory nature of this group and, due to the large number of Commonwealth soldiers in the area, 20 per cent of their children do not speak English as their first language. Over 460 children in the County are 'looked after' and 377 have a Child Protection Plan.
These issues must be taken into account in any work carried out by partners to provide services for children and young people in the county, including safeguarding vulnerable children.
The above demographic information is taken from the partnership Children and Young People's Plan which contains more about how partnership work is being carried out to improve the experience and outcomes for children and young people.