The latest annual reports of the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) and Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board for 2020/2021 have been presented to Cabinet at their meeting today.
BSCP and the Safeguarding Adults Board are multi-agency boards with an independent chair. Both Boards make sure partner organisations are effective in keeping children and adults safe.
Both reports outline the progress and achievements in the previous year. They also cover key actions and objectives to be implemented as part of their business planning.
Among the highlights of the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership annual report are:
- BSCP partners kept vulnerable children safe from harm during the pandemic. They made sure they were, and are, seen regularly by professionals.
- Good promotion of safe sleep messages and ICON to raise awareness of the risks of sudden death and harm to infants. ICON stands for Infant crying is normal, Comforting methods can help, It's OK to walk away, Never, ever shake a baby.
- Co-production with young people forums in Barnsley. The SEND Youth Forum worked on the Anti-Bullying Strategy and developed a new commitment to tackle pupil bullying and harassment. The Barnsley Schools Alliance signed up to the commitment.
- A full multi-agency training programme has continued throughout 2020/21.
Among the Safeguarding Adults Board annual report highlights are:
- The recruitment of a part-time multi-agency trainer who provides safeguarding training to staff and volunteers who work with vulnerable adults.
- A greater understanding of the common causes of self-neglect and hoarding. There’s now a hoarding support group that is identifying people in need of support.
- Continued effective work of the Board during the pandemic, working hard to support adults in need.
Both reports also reported on Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020. The week delivered training for professionals and volunteers, and featured a campaign to the public.