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DS Angie Carey

A dedicated officer who has been on the frontline of child and adult safeguarding for twenty-five years, achieving notable convictions on behalf of vulnerable people.

For twenty-five years, Angie Carey has championed the safeguarding of vulnerable people in North Yorkshire, and has played a major role in making it the priority that it is today.

She has a distinguished track record which includes working as a Hostage Crisis Negotiator, helping to develop a protocol for rapid response in the event of a child death, creating a domestic abuse forum to encourage agencies to work together to tackle this important issue – not to mention frontline involvement in serious crimes and many difficult and sensitive  sexual abuse investigations.

However her nomination for this year’s Public Choice Award is for her most recent work to safeguard both adults and children in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas.  A great advocate of “joined-up” working, Angie has been instrumental in creating the relationships between the police and others that really help to keep people safe.  As she says, “multi-agency working may not sound glamorous, but it is the best – the only – way that you can safeguard people who are at risk.  Everyone – police, education, the health service, social care and voluntary agencies – has a  little piece of the jigsaw.  By meeting, sharing information about people at risk, and working out different ways in which we can all help, it can make a huge difference to people’s lives when they need us the most.”

Whilst child safeguarding often hits the headlines, Angie is proud of the work she has done to safeguard adults at risk – a world she describes as hidden and unreported.  Through her efforts in the Vulnerability Assessment Team she has helped to protect, and achieve justice for, people who have been ill-treated or neglected within the home environment or in care and nursing homes, who have been taken advantage of financially, and who have been subject to sexual and domestic abuse.  Often the people she helps experience mental health difficulties or drug and alcohol problems, making her role incredibly challenging.

Now in her final year of service before retirement, Angie has created a strong legacy of partnership working, putting the police at the heart of decisions that can mean the difference between hope and misery for vulnerable people.  She says, “I’m incredibly proud to have been nominated for my work in safeguarding.  I would like to be remembered as someone who stood up for children and vulnerable adults.  Someone who saw the world through their eyes, and who helped to make their world safer.”

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