Dedicated week will make safeguarding everybody’s business

“Your choices and rights” will be one of the key themes of this year’s South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness week, which will run from Monday, 8 to Friday, 12 July.

Now in its fourth year, and building on the successes of three previous Safeguarding Awareness Weeks, Barnsley Adult and Children’s Safeguarding Boards will again be working with partners from health, the emergency services, the voluntary sector and others, to raise everyone’s awareness of what safeguarding means, the many situations in which it can arise and, importantly, signpost people to the organisations which can offer the right type of help and support.

It will also be an opportunity to make people aware of all the options available to them in their day to day life, particularly if they are being hurt or abused or think they are at risk of being taken advantage of.

South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week 2019 will also showcase a range of free activities across Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, and Sheffield, to which members of the public and safeguarding professionals will be encouraged to attend.

Barnsley Council would like as many communities, groups and individuals to benefit from the week as possible and these groups/organisations are now being urged to consider how they can contribute to the success of this week. It is a great opportunity for organisations to promote and gain support for the important work they do in keeping adults and children in Barnsley safe.

Safeguarding Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the many contexts in which safeguarding issues relating to both adults and children may arise and what initial steps and follow up actions should be taken in response.

This year’s week will also look at how organisations and communities can work to prevent harm and abuse by highlighting areas of risk and providing information to help people to make safe decisions.

The week will be promoted on social media using the hashtag #SYSAW19 and details of events will be available at www.barnsley.gov.uk/SAW2019 in due course.

Organisations wishing to get involved with the week are asked to contact Nigel Leeder, Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board Manager nigelleeder@barnsley.gov.uk or Cath Erine Barnsley Safeguarding Adult Board Manager catherine@barnsley.gov.uk

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