NORTH Yorkshire County Council’s children and young people’s service is well-designed to protect children, according to inspectors.

In a report published on the authority’s arrangements for the protection of children, Ofsted praised North Yorkshire for rising to the challenge of new higher national expectations.

Inspectors said that during their wide-ranging review of services, they found not a single case where they felt a child was unsafe.

North Yorkshire is one of the first authorities to be inspected under the tougher regime, one of only nine so far to have been checked.

Out of those nine, four have been judged inadequate and five, including North Yorkshire, as meeting the standards adequately.

Coun Tony Hall, said: “The inspection report confirms that we get our priorities right, that we know our strengths and weaknesses well, and we’re always pushing ourselves to the next stage.”

“Most of all, it tells us that we prevent harm and we keep children safe, the most important things we do.”