Next week, we will once again be joining partners across the region in supporting South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week (15-19 November).
Our Safeguarding Adults Board and Safeguarding Children's Partnership are working with our partners to host a wide range of free events and training covering four key themes:
- Mental health and wellbeing.
- Safety within the family and the home.
- Looking out for your community.
- What to do if you are worried about yourself or others.
There are lots of ways residents can get involved with this year's Safeguarding Awareness Week and find out how we can all help keep adults and children safe.
We will be hosting public information sessions throughout the week where you can get advice and hear about the organisations who can help keep us all safe. Come and join us at one of these drop-in sessions on:
- Monday 15 November at Barnsley Interchange, 10am to 3pm.
- Wednesday 17 November at Barnsley Market, 10am to 2pm.
- Friday 19 November at The Factory in Goldthorpe, 10am to 2pm.
There will also be a series of free digital safety sessions, designed to help residents spot online scams, fake websites and phishing emails. They will provide useful advice on how to keep yourself, your device and your personal data and secure while browsing.
Other public events are planned for throughout the week, including a Safe Places walk in the town centre. Marking the start of Safeguarding Awareness Week, Monday morning's tour will explore where you can go if you are not feeling safe.
You can find full details of what's planned and book your place here. You will also find useful videos highlighting different safeguarding issues and how to get support.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "Safeguarding Awareness Week is a great chance to learn more about safeguarding issues, how to report your concerns and the support available in Barnsley.
"We believe everyone in the borough has a right to feel safe, which is why I welcome this chance to highlight all the great work already happening in the borough thanks to the Safeguarding Adults Board and our partners."
Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children's Services, said: "Our Safeguarding Children's Partnership work tirelessly to make Barnsley a safe place for children and young people to grow up.
"Safeguarding Awareness Week gives us an opportunity to let people know what we do, which is why I am proud to see so much planned in the borough. Come to one of our events to learn more about all the support available if safeguarding issues arise."
As part of Safeguarding Awareness Week, we have worked with Barnsley CCG to produce a series of new safeguarding videos. You can find these here.
In Barnsley, we believe that safeguarding adults and children is everybody's business!
Through Safeguarding Awareness Week, we will be raising awareness of what safeguarding means, the issues that can arise and the support available locally on our social media channels. Keep an eye on the hashtag #SYSAW21.
We will also be promoting Safeguarding Awareness Week on Greatest Hits Radio Barnsley and with a digital van outside the Library @ The Lightbox on Monday 15 November.
For more information on safeguarding children, young people and adults in Barnsley, including how to report any concerns, visit our dedicated webpage here.