Children and young people
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 almost 600,000 of which 138,000 are aged 0 to 19 and almost 85,000 are of school age. Of this 85,000 the vast majority is white British, with only 2.7 % being of black and minority ethnic origin. About 3% 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% of their children do not speak English as their first language. Over 440 children in the County are 'looked after' and 370 have a Child Protection Plan.
The population predictions for children and young people in North Yorkshire predict a 7% decrease in the 15-19 population from 2009 to 2015 and a 5% increase in the 0-4 population over the same period.
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 2011 - 14. For more information about this plan and the partnership work that is being carried out to improve the experience and outcomes for children and young people please use this link.
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