The essentials

There's lots of helpful information on this website but this essentials section covers the things that anyone working with children, young people and families in York should be aware of.

What is YorOK? - YorOK is the name of York's Children's Trust arrangements. Children’s Trusts are local partnerships that bring together all partners and organisations responsible for providing services for children, young people and families, together—focussing on a shared commitment to improving children’s lives. The aim of a Children’s Trust is to ensure that all children have the support they need to ensure they are healthy, stay safe, enjoy life and achieve well at school and beyond, make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well being.
What is the YorOK Workforce? - The YorOK Workforce includes everyone who works with and for children, young people and families, both paid and unpaid, all of whom have a role to play in supporting better outcomes. So if you work with children, young people and families, you are in the YorOK Workforce!
Concerned about a child If you have a concern that a child is vulnerable or at risk of significant harm, please contact the Children's Front Door:

Phone: 01904 551900
Email: childrensfrontdoor@york.gov.uk
Post: The Children's Advice and Assessment Service, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

YorOK Workforce Self Assessment

Test your knowledge and understanding as a member of the YorOK workforce.

YorOK newsletter

The YorOK newsletter is a must read for anyone working with children, young people and families. It keeps you up to date with the most important news and training throughout the year. It's completly free and comes straight to your inbox. Sign up today!

Online Training

There are a range of online training courses available to you for free. You should make sure to do the child protection basic awareness, disability equality training and carers online training. See the Workforce Development Unit training pages to find out more.

Dream Again - York's Children and Young People's Plan

Dream Again, The Children and Young People's Plan (2013 - 16) sets the direction for everyone working to improve outcomes for people working with children and young people.

Early Help Strategy

The Early Help Strategy outlines our ambition for early help services for children and families, and the principles that guide us. It explains the strategic framework within which the services have been designed, and how we organise them. It describes the delivery of those services, and the priorities for developing them further over the years 2014-2016.

Integrated Working

Integrated Working aims to support practitioners working together to improve outcomes for children and young people. It involves the use of common tools, processes and language (such as Common or Early Help Assessment, Information Sharing, YorOK Child Index/eTrak, Lead Practitioner).

Voice of the child

If you provide a service and want to get people involved then this section is for you; good practice, ideas, resources, using social networking sites and more!

Family Information Service

01904 554444

fis@york.gov.uk