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Key Information

What is safeguarding? 

Creating a safe and welcoming environment, where everyone is respected and valued, is at the heart of safeguarding. It’s about making sure your organisation is run in a way that actively prevents harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect. It’s also about being ready to respond safely and well if there is a problem. Everyone in the organisation has a role to play in safeguarding. It should become part of your day to day activities.

Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a duty to safeguard volunteers, staff members, participants and donors.

Free services available in the East Riding

The Charity Commission expect every charity to make safeguarding a priority. With this in mind the Smile East Riding Community Hive (Hive)is working with Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to offer all VCSE groups in the East Riding a range of FREE services to help navigate through the requirements needed. Support includes:

  • Reviewing your current safeguarding policy
  • Give advice and feedback on specific safeguarding challenges
  • Working with you to develop organisational policy and procedures to ensure compliance with all legislation and statutory guidance
  • Staff and volunteer training options including face-to-face training, eLearning and written guidance. Our adult safeguarding training offer includes three levels of face-to-face training
  • Support the development of safe environments for children and vulnerable adults
  • Regular updates from us on topical issues and new national and local guidance
  • Opportunities to network around key local safeguarding issues

If you'd like to find out more about these services please email or speak to the Hive team by calling 01482 590270 | Email

East Riding Safeguarding contacts  

Reporting Concerns

It’s important that all people responsible for Safeguarding children, young people and adults within their voluntary sector group or organisation, are aware of who to contact in case of making a referral or any other matter relating to keeping vulnerable children, young people adults safe. 

A wide range of information, including useful contacts, is available via the following websites, therefore all Voluntary Sector Safeguarding Officers/Leads should familiarise themselves with their local Safeguarding partnerships/boards/ by visiting the websites and keeping copies of useful information to hand.

The ERY Safeguarding Teams provide information and advice to the general public and health and social care professionals about abuse of vulnerable adults. It also provides a central team which receives referrals about suspected abuse and coordinates any investigation

East Riding of Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership – website: Children’s Safeguarding Hub Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm Friday 9am-4.30pm Tel: (01482) 395500Out of Office Hours Tel: (01482) 393939

East Riding of Yorkshire Safeguarding Adult Team - website: If you think you have been abused and want to report it yourself, these are the numbers of people you can talk to: 

East Riding Safeguarding Adults Team Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm Friday 9am-4.30pm. Tel: (01482) 396940 

Emergency Duty Team (Out of Office Hours) Tel: (01377) 241273 

Humberside Police Tel: 101 

Emergency Services Tel: 999


Sources of information you may find useful to read through including links to all national government advice and guidance.

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