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Joint Safeguarding appointment underlines commitment to safeguarding

Michael Melvin Director of Safeguarding People
Michael Melvin, Director of Safeguarding People

Published Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Michael Melvin has been appointed as City of York Council’s new Director of Safeguarding People, heading up safeguarding for children and adults in the city.

The new post brings together the adults’ and children’s safeguarding functions at the council for the first time, reflecting the creation of the new ‘People Directorate’ earlier this year.

The new Director of Safeguarding People will work with the partner organisations in the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership and York Safeguarding Adults Board, to ensure robust measures are in place to keep people of all ages safe from harm in York.

Michael previously held the role of Assistant Director for Adult Services at City of York Council, having started his career in social work with children in residential care. He has also worked in public health, led services for young people with substance misuse issues and in partnership posts between the NHS and local authorities.

Michael said:

I want to make sure that York is a safe and welcoming place for all children and adults, particularly those who need support to have the best possible health and wellbeing throughout their life.

“Most of all, as I take up this new role I will be listening to people of all ages in York, to best understand how the council and its partners can make sure this can happen.”

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do in York and I’m delighted that the new Director of Safeguarding role recognises our commitment to working with partners to support residents of all ages.”

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care at City of York Council, said:

Michael brings with him a wealth of experience in both children’s and adult social care, working with partnership organisations to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. I look forward to continuing to work with him as he takes up his new post.”