North Yorks - Keeping people safe

DS Tracey Williams

DS Tracey Williams, North Yorkshire Police

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North Yorkshire - DS Tracey Williams

North Yorkshire police officer DS Tracey Williams has been nominated for her work keeping people safe.

Working in the Vulnerability Assessment Team, where she and the team identify and check safeguarding concerns and share information, DS Williams looked at how working arrangements between agencies could be improved, so that information was shared in a timely manner to address risk and protect children. As part of this she developed sustainable working protocols, processes and – critically - improved relationships between partners.

DS Williams’ tenacity and passion was instrumental in the success of the project, which required her to show strong organisational capability, while influencing others and negotiating a change. The success of her work was noted in a recent OFSTED inspection of children’s social care in York, where the inspectors made specific reference to DS Williams and the significant benefits of her work between North Yorkshire Police and social care.

Her work has led to countless cases where risk has been identified at an earlier stage, instigated early preventative intervention and, where appropriate, she has been able to challenge decision making.

A social care manager who has worked with DS Williams said she had been “instrumental in building excellent working relationships between the police and children’s services.”

DS Williams said: “I am clearly delighted to have been nominated for an Award.  Some people might shy away from the type of work I do, because I am dealing with people who can be challenging and chaotic, and who engage in risky behavior.

“I also have to make quick decisions on immediate safeguarding of children and vulnerable persons –but I love it.  I find it is really rewarding and get a lot of satisfaction from helping others, so to be nominated for an award for just doing my job is a lovely surprise.

“We're all here to protect the vulnerable, and I get to do that every day.  I'll never lose the passion for it.”

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